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Connecting: Healing Ourselves and Our Relationships Paperback – March 20, 2005
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About the Author
Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, conference and seminary speaker, Bible teacher, popular author, and founder/director of NewWay Ministries. He is currently Scholar in Residence at Colorado Christian University in Denver and Visiting Professor of Spiritual Formation for Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta. Dr. Crabb and his wife of forty-six years, Rachael, live in the Denver, Colorado area. For additional information please visit www.newwayministries.org
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0849945291
- ISBN-13 : 978-0849945298
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.69 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (March 20, 2005)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #190,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is possible that the ideas in this book could be more thoroughly researched and referenced, however. While I believe the reasoning to be sound, it is more anecdotal than strongly grounded. Nonetheless, I have found it immediately useful in my life, and have been able to use the ideas presented here to great effect in my relational and spiritual life. As an introduction to the topic, it excels.
Perhaps paradoxically, this book gives both lots of information, and at the same time demonstrates how relying on facts, knowledge, schemes, and plans get in our way, and distract us from God. That makes for a very challenging read. You have to take in the information, but then immediately take that new knowledge to God and not hold on to it tightly.
I would definitely recommend this book to any Christian, particular those who wish to improve their ability to support those who are struggling.
Peppered throughout the book are references to the inadequacy of the professional model of helping for soul healing. Of course professionals can, and often do help, but what people often desire is connection, not professional therapy or legalistic moralism. In this book, Crabb discusses what connection may look like in relationships with one another.
True connection, what Curt Thompson calls the desire to "be known", is at the heart of healing and soul work. We are relational beings created by a relational God, but as a result of the fall, we struggle to relate well. This book may provide some wisdom as to what it might look like to start down the path of connecting with one another. Highly recommended.
I pretty much always finish a book, regardless of how bad it is... I couldnt finish this book!
I dont know what it was. It was boring, felt repetitve, I just couldnt get into it. After a few chapters I skimmed the rest and put it away.
Im sure its good, and I did find some gems in it. But I just couldnt get through it. Not sure if ill try a Larry Crabb book again for a longgg time.
God might more prefer I do. I wish I could speak to Mr. Crabb and ask questions. I am trying my best to first feel for what God might do, and sometimes it works, and sometimes I can feel my ego in it. 😢 I WILL keep trying.
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When I read the author’s praying above, I recognized that I have been kept praying like that. Nowadays I realized that with my limited wisdom, love, knowledge or other things, I cannot help the people enough, who are in spiritural suffering.
Whenever People, who need to counsel and heal about their spiritual suffering, tell me about their problems and prayer requests, I feel severely difficult to respond with an adequate way to them. Whenever I think about their suffering situation and their hurt mind, that makes me so deeply depressed. So, I felt the need that I should keep praying to God for my unwavering spiritual health and fill my spirit with His Spirit.
It became different challenges to me. To relieve the thirsty about solving the agony among our lives, I have interested in the Christian counselling and pastoral care. The author diagnosed that a lack of togetherness cause troubles in a human being and a community. He insisted that all common people have the ability to change other people’s lives worse or better. There are three reasons to make problems. One is “stubborn Will”. Another is “Psychological Damage”. The other is “Disconnected Soul”. The author suggests the third way to cure the problem. we need to be connected with God and neighbors in God.
The author states his views that we cannot heal other souls through an advice or an instruction. Healing power does not come from telling people what they should do. To heal a community, it is useless to figure out what harmful psychological forces affect us to make problems.
Even though we try to fix the problem, it could not be solved with the way. When people concentrate on releasing what’s good, the communities will be healed. The author connected the concepts between forgiveness of all sin, a guranteed future and the freedom of the hearts, because human being has an holiness. To reconnect with each other, we need repentance and forgiveness. He asserted that we could learn to release the power of that life within us, because the Holy Spirit is in us. The Holy Spirit affects to our life dynamically. The Holy Spirit’s main role is to connect with God, to draw us to Jesus Christ, to console us when we’re hurt in spirit.
Human being was fallen after Adam and Eve ate the fruit of knowledge. To reconnect the relationship between God and the human being, God gave us the sacrificial offering, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ had a victory against the Satan. If human being trust Jesus Christ, God’s spirit descends into us, and stays with us. The author, Larry crabb, points out that if we want to help the spiritual war of other people to win, we, first, need to be filled with Jesus Christ. Then, through us, the energy of Jesus Christ flows to the person who needs to be healed.
Modern psychological counsellors seek to find the solution such as in self-esteem or in self-ego, but it makes the selfishness publicly. It could be helpful to find out why people experience suffering, but it could not be fundamental solutions. Human fallen personality makes problems over and over. So, there are always problems in the world.
In the book, there are a variety of concrete and factual cases, which happened among the life of the author. It helps readers to understand and apply the principles offered by the author for the questions. The author asks us to have the opportunity with biblically information and Spirit-guided ways.
our relationships work. It emphasizes that we need the love of God to
be able to connect in our relationships so healing would work.