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“Who needs a book about affirming others? For starters, I do—and I suspect you do too. Too many of us use most of our words each day for criticizing and complaining. My friend Sam Crabtree, on the other hand, is a practitioner of affirmation. To meet him is to be encouraged. His words, both in person and in these pages, are thoughtful, intentional, and full of gratefulness. If you find that your communication lacks encouragement, if you want to grow in affirming others, if you plan to say any words at all today—please read this book!”
—C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
“Sam lives what he preaches. I’ve never forgotten a short, hand-written note of God-centered affirmation he sent me years ago, having met only once briefly. His words not only encouraged me personally at the time, but have influenced our ministry in a significant way ever since. I am grateful for this book—if no one else needs it, I know I do!”
—Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author; radio host, Revive Our Hearts
“When it comes to affirming and encouraging others, some people come by it naturally. For the Christian, we come by it supernaturally. However, even the most mature believer must hone and cultivate the act of affirmation—that’s why this new book by Sam Crabtree is such an invaluable resource to the church. How do we effectively ‘build each other up in the faith?’ You're holding the answer in your hands!”
—Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder and CEO, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
“We all welcome words of affirmation. Sam tells us how the practice and power of affirmation will make a difference in the life of anyone, young or old. Practicing Affirmation will help you make a positive investment in your relationships with family members, co-workers, friends and neighbors, even the clerk at the store—even when people are difficult.”
—Bruce Johnson, President, SIM, Charlotte, North Carolina
“For over 30 years now I have watched my friend, Sam Crabtree, flesh out the truths he has written about in this book. My wife, children, and I have been blessed to taste firsthand the sweetness of the soul strengthening effects of Sam's God-centered affirmations.”
—Ron Wickard, Pastor, Richland Church, Mina, South Dakota
SAM CRABTREE (MA, South Dakota State), is a former public school teacher and has served as executive pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis since 1997. He is also lead pastor for life training, serving as the “vision keeper” of the church.
John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?
Sam Crabtree's excellent book, Practicing Affirmation, seeks to answer and resolve that tension.
In Practicing Affirmation you will learn how to use your tongue and your words in a way that glorifies God and brings spiritual refreshment to others lives.
I can usually tell how good a book is going to be by how much I highlight in the first few pages.
One of the most practical books I have read in the long-time. He convincingly argues for the necessity of praising others in a way that glorifies God while being careful not to... Read morePublished 3 days ago by David Blair
I found the book to be wonderfully written. Specifically, it was not only a helpful discussion of this most needful quality in the Christian life, but more significantly, it was... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Henry A Lewis
Saw Sam Crabtree in a seminar at our church. Very enlightening, encouraging and entertaining. Reading the book reinforced what he shared bringing to mind his delivery technique,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. W. Mahoney
Wonderful book. For me it eliminated a dichotomy between praising people and a robust God-centered, Gospel-driven trajectory. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jayson Byrd
This is a book for everyone. Whether you are a husband, wife, parent, boss, employee, etc., this book offers us help in an area that I think we all need some help, if we're... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Alexander R. Tandon
Yes! I needed this. very practical book! Author maintains that not only are we commanded and encouraged to affirm with our words, but we need to identify the God-like traits we... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Maria
Crabtree describes the best ways to alienate your friends with obvious, obnoxious affirmation. There's some good stuff in here, but it's buried in sappy over-eager recommendations. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joe
I am half way through this book so far, and it is probably one of the best books I have ever purchased! Read morePublished 10 months ago by DrumDude
Great book on a neglected topic. Biblical, practical, gentle, clear and reasonable. You will not be disappointed if you buy it.Published 10 months ago by Dr. Robert L. Burris