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"Trekking Toward Wholeness is an innovative perspective on compassionate caring--with potential to become a classic guide for care group leaders. Weaving a tapestry of captivating anecdotes, thoughtful biblical reflection, theological insights, creative imagery, solid psychological principles, historical examples and the author's clinical experiences, Stephen Greggo's leader-guided approach sets a fresh new direction for both effective caregiving and personal-spiritual growth." (Gary R. Collins, author of Christian Counseling: A Comprehensive Guide)

"This book fills a notable gap in the literature. Writing out of a framework obviously grounded in Scripture, Greggo explains for lay Christians and pastors the psychological value of small group ministry that aims at personal-spiritual transformation. This will be especially useful in training programs for small group leaders." (Eric L. Johnson, associate professor of pastoral theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and author of Foundations for Soul Care)

"The power of community is brought forth in Steve Greggo's book. For those who aspire to lead groups in the difficult trek of spiritual growth, personal maturity and Christian discipleship, this provides clear direction. I heartily endorse Trekking Toward Wholeness for pastors, counselors and group leaders." (James N. Sells, professor and director, Ph.D. program in counseling, Regent University, and coauthor of Family Therapies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal)

"This is a very helpful book for leaders of care groups. It beautifully integrates biblical insights, empirical research findings, group counseling principles and practices, and church history examples, including the significant contributions of John Wesley." (Siang-Yang Tan, professor of psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, and senior pastor, First Evangelical Church Glendale)

"Trekking Toward Wholeness sees Christian care groups as an essential component for stimulating spiritual growth. Using the imagery of the spiritual life as a journey (a trek), Stephen Greggo guides care group leaders through the four core principles of group spiritual direction: vision (determining the group's purpose), caring (meeting needs by managing community), affect/attachment (nurturing intimacy in relationships), and finding meaning (union with God, fellowship with Christians and service to the world). Professors, students, pastors and committed lay leaders will all be aided by the seasoned guidance of Dr. Greggo. Trekking Toward Wholeness will be a required text for all my students." (Robert W. Kellemen, chair, M.A. in Christian Counseling and Discipleship Department, Capital Bible Seminary, and author of Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction)

About the Author

Stephen P. Greggo (Psy.D., State University of New York, Albany) is professor of counseling, training clergy and mental health counselors at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is author of Trekking Toward Wholeness, is a licensed psychologist and maintains a long-standing association as partner and consultant with Christian Counseling Associates in Delmar, New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (October 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830828249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830828241
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,797,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Too often church-based small groups have taken on so much of the world's self-orientation that it is hard to recognize what is distinctively Christian about them. Dr. Stephen Greggo, with the release of "Trekking toward Wholeness," puts an abrupt stop to this intrusion of secular thinking into Christian group life. Writing with a theological foundation and a biblically relevant relational focus, Greggo, as the book's subtitle suggests, provides a "don't miss" resource for care group leaders.

Using the biblical imagery of the spiritual life as a journey (a trek), Greggo guides small group leaders through the four core hallmarks of group spiritual direction: vision (determining the groups purpose), caring (meeting needs by managing community), affect/attachment (nurturing intimacy in relationships), and finding meaning (union with God, fellowship with Christians, and service to the world). At each landmark on the journey, Greggo equips group leaders through biblical exegesis, historical narratives, relevant research, moving parables, group "visits," and practical principles.

"Trekking toward Wholenesss" sees Christian small groups as an essential component for stimulating spiritual growth which Greggo defines as "wholeness." In his able, biblical hands, wholeness becomes not a self-orientation but a God/other focus. Readers learn how to ignite relationships through "the Word in community"--as equipped small group leaders model and direct the entire group to speak the truth in love.

These leader-guided spiritual formation groups, as Greggo aptly explains, follow not only the biblical principle of true fellowship, but also the long church history tradition of small communities meeting together for spiritual growth through transparent relationships.
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I was eager to use this to share with care groups leaders in my fledgling church, but was greatly disappointed to see how
"heady and intellectual"" it was. Is is NOT average user-friendly, and would be most useful for churches with VERY educated and erudite group leaders. Although I have a post college degree, I found it hard to trudge through.
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By Wicky on February 1, 2014
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This book is good, but most of it didn't seem to revolutionary. Most of it seemed like common sense to me, hence why I only gave it 3 stars. But I did enjoy it :)
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Just as promised.
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