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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (October 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849945291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849945298
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, seminar speaker, Bible teacher, author, and founder/director of NewWay Ministries. He is also Scholar in Residence at Colorado Christian University, Professor for Richmont University in Georgia, and serves as Spiritual Director for the American Association of Christian Counselors.

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Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, seminar speaker, Bible teacher, author, and founder/director of NewWay Ministries. In addition to various speaking and teaching opportunities, Dr. Crabb offers a week-long School of Spiritual Direction and a weekend conference, Life on the Narrow Road. He is also Scholar in Residence at Colorado Christian University and serves as Spiritual Director for the American Association of Christian Counselors. His many popular books include Inside Out, Finding God, Becoming a True Spiritual Community, The PAPA Prayer, Soul Talk, and his life work, 66 Love Letters. For additional information visit www.newwayministries.org.

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I have read and reread this book many times and continue to pull out golden nuggets.
David B. Rhinehart
For the depth of the subjects covered, Crabb does a remarkable job of making his words pleasant to read and his train-of-thought easy to follow.
David R. Bess
This book is about developing faith vision for each other, and about believing more in what God says is true than what the circumstances say.
Carol A. Williams

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By David R. Bess VINE VOICE on July 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Crabb introduces this work by claiming he has experienced a shift in thinking. He proposes that more is needed to minister to emotional needs than just psychological training or biblical theology. He asserts that connected relationships are the missing link in touching the hearts and souls of hurting people.
Crabb describes three elements of "connecting" with others, and then through the remainder of the book elaborates on each. The first element is a taste of Christ delighting in us. As we display this same kind of delight in the personalities and lifestyles of others, our relationships are transformed. The second element is a diligent search for what is good. Rather than just identifying what is sinful, or trying to fix what is wrong, we discover what God is doing in others lives then affirm it. The third element is an engaging exposure of what is bad or painful. This element must always follow the first two elements, but may not always be necessary. When it is exercised however, it exposes the bad in order to unleash the good.
I wholeheartedly endorse Crabb's work here -- the more we as believers can "connect" with other believers in the body of Christ, the stronger and healthier we can become. For the depth of the subjects covered, Crabb does a remarkable job of making his words pleasant to read and his train-of-thought easy to follow. I recommend this book to all persons wanting to discover new strength and healing through connected relationships in Jesus Christ.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dmath25@aol.com on May 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am a college student studying psychology and sociology, and have been searching for a new but different way to help people. Larry Crabb wonderfully articulates how christians must learn to connect to God and other people to really impact there lives. Connecting is the ministry that Christ left for us to follow. Thank you Dr. Crabb for putting into words what I have been thinking for a long time.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I was required to read Connecting for a class and I wasn't sure what to expect, but I ended up enjoying the book. I finished the book longing to have a relationship like the one he describes, where Christians point each other to Christ, and jump up and down for each other. I can just imagine how applying this book would change my church and my circle of friends and my life and their lives. I intend to use his ideas in some of my own friendships and relationships, and in future ministry. Thank you Dr. Crabb for a challenging and convicting book.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Chad Oberholtzer on February 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
In writing "Connecting," Larry Crabb does a very brave thing. He suggests that if Christians were to rightly understand their role in coming alongside hurting people and helping them towards Christ-centered restoration, then professional counselors and psychotherapists would become almost unnecessary. This is brave because Crabb had spent his entire professional career as a Christian counselor, so he is basically trying to write himself out of a job!!

There is much value in "Connecting." Crabb does a superlative job of communicating the need for Christians to avoid two common reactions that we have when we observe problems in our lives or in the lives of others. In many cases, we assume that these problems are simply the result of bad choices, which can be rectified by a resolute will to choose differently in the future. Conversely, in other situations, we declare the existence of some sort of psychological disorder that can only be remedied by professional therapy. Crabb suggests that these two conclusions are drastically insufficient to appropriately deal with life's struggles, and we miss the power of Christ to heal us when we default to these assumptions.

Crabb's main thesis throughout the book is that connecting is the best way for us to be healed and to help others be healed. And he makes a good case for this contention. I, too, find my own reactions to other people's problems (either I offer a few sound bites of advice or I shuffle them off to a Christian counselor) to be inadequate. However, what left me disappointed with this book is that Crabb does not fully develop what connecting should look like.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I received "Connecting" because I accidentally forgot to mail my response card to Corssings Book Club saying "Don't Send"(I thought I mailed it but found it weeks later after I received the book in the mail. That was the first and only time I failed to respond). I now know that God had other plans.
"Connecting" was a very exciting book for me to read because the Lord had and has been teaching and showing my husband and I many things that were difficult to share with others because they just didn't seem to understand what we were talking about. God has been opening our eyes and letting us see things that are very difficult to see. We knew that "Connecting" was a confirmation from God that we were moving in His direction. We learned that we needed to "die to self" and be "Christ-conscious" and not self-conscious in order to do what He wants us to do. That's the only way we can allow Jesus in us to be poured out of us and into another person (I could go on and on and on...).
Some days I could read a whole chapter and some day I could only read one page but I'd have to read it three times, meditate on it and let it sink in! Sometimes my brain would just be saturated and I would have to put the book down because I couldn't absorb anymore. It took me many months to read this book but I know that was all in God's plan. He was teaching and growing me using "Connecting". He wanted me to learn just so much in a time period. I would find that I would be applying Dr. Crabb's ideas and principles (unconsciously) in my everyday life and from that I realized why God allowed me only to read so much at once.
What really touched me was the fact that Dr.
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