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Running in Circles: How False Spirituality Traps Us in Unhealthy Relationships Paperback – June 8, 2007

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"With a tremendous mind and the pen of an artist, [Kim Engelmann] can portray deep truths about God and the soul in ways that are compelling and unforgettable. For the past three and a half years I have gotten to work alongside her and listen and learn from her, and now you do too.

"So you have received a gift. Much of the secret of life is learning to get off the hamster wheel of fruitless suffering while remaining on the Potter's wheel. Kim will help you learn the difference. Read on." (From the foreword by John Ortberg, author of God Is Closer Than You Think)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (June 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 083083317X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830833177
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,989,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Its fun being a female and being a senior pastor at West Valley Presbyterian Church in Cupertino CA! When people ask me what I do and I tell them there is usually a brief pause and a momentary deer in the headlights stare, after which they collect themselves and say with a slow drawl, "Wow. That's great." Then we don't talk too much after that, unless they are super conservative and think women are still under the curse and shouldn't be pastors.

I am pretty into Jesus and so are my 3 kids who are all grown up now, but still pray and go to church and think God is not always understandable but always desirable. There is so much to write about when it comes to God! My husband is a clinical psychologist and has a private practice and he works out of a Presbyterian Church too (First Presbyterian Church in Burlingame CA). So I guess we all sort fit the God scene.

I am a Princeton Seminary graduate and a Boston University School of Theology Doctoral nerd. I think that is all except that I love to write and I love it when people read what I write and comment! So please do!

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By David Meharg on August 17, 2010
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EXCELLENT book. Helpful in so many of life's situations. We confuse the hamster wheel of expending energy but going nowhere with the Potter's wheet that transforms lives. YEARS can be saved!!!! I have recommended this book and gifted this book many times and will continue to do so. While this book focuses on relationships it is also useful in dealing with our relationship with ourselves! At least it was helpful for me. (I met the author at a Christians for Biblical Equality conference in Denver. I did not realize she was the author when we visited, but found out later. In person and on the page her words carry weight and are worth consideration.)
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By Pamela J. Cummings on September 1, 2009
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This book confirmed and clarified my beliefs. Wish I would have read it 25 years ago.
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