From Library Journal
Many who have been raised with traditional religion and even those with no faith background mistakenly assume that commitment to God means denying human desires and needs. Imbach, a pastor and counselor, explores the ways in which our passion and longings can lead us to embrace God more fully and deepen our spiritual lives. He looks at the consequences of denying our fears and emotions, the distorted thinking that prevails about sin, and the dangers of living solely out of passion. With a blend of psychological insight and reflections on scripture and on spiritual classics, Imbach argues that all of being is grounded in the river of grace, a dynamic force for change in our lives that begins as an interior wellspring. Although writing from a Christian perspective, the author addresses a broader audience, using nonreligious language as much as possible.
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If the problem is aversion to passion, because maybe a strict religious background taught you to suppress your deepest dreams and desires, check out Jeff Imbach's new book The River Within. Imbach shows how the Trinity is the ultimate expression of passion with a capital 'P'-and in the process peels away uncertainty surrounding this emotionally-charged word.
You may begin the book with a question like, "How can I love God and live passionately without caving in to my own lusty tendencies?" But Imbach won't leave you that way. Passion can be yours, he encourages, and the result will give your whole life a healthy shine that even your hair will envy-sort of a spiritual new "do." -- Aspire, June/July 1998
Imbach addresses the dangers of passion honestly. All too often the evangelical response to passion is on the side of avoidance and denial. The author suggests that the result is that many are unable to embrace God and the passionate life He has for them.
Augustine once remarked, "Love God and do what you please." I think the lively old sage would have toasted Imbach's book as a poignant elaboration of his statement. -- ChristianWeek, November 3, 1998