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Connecting: Healing Ourselves and Our Relationships Paperback – March 20, 2005
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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
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Crabb describes three elements of "connecting" with others, and then through the remainder of the book elaborates on each. The first element is a taste of Christ delighting in us. As we display this same kind of delight in the personalities and lifestyles of others, our relationships are transformed. The second element is a diligent search for what is good. Rather than just identifying what is sinful, or trying to fix what is wrong, we discover what God is doing in others lives then affirm it. The third element is an engaging exposure of what is bad or painful. This element must always follow the first two elements, but may not always be necessary. When it is exercised however, it exposes the bad in order to unleash the good.
I wholeheartedly endorse Crabb's work here -- the more we as believers can "connect" with other believers in the body of Christ, the stronger and healthier we can become. For the depth of the subjects covered, Crabb does a remarkable job of making his words pleasant to read and his train-of-thought easy to follow. I recommend this book to all persons wanting to discover new strength and healing through connected relationships in Jesus Christ.
There is much value in "Connecting." Crabb does a superlative job of communicating the need for Christians to avoid two common reactions that we have when we observe problems in our lives or in the lives of others. In many cases, we assume that these problems are simply the result of bad choices, which can be rectified by a resolute will to choose differently in the future. Conversely, in other situations, we declare the existence of some sort of psychological disorder that can only be remedied by professional therapy. Crabb suggests that these two conclusions are drastically insufficient to appropriately deal with life's struggles, and we miss the power of Christ to heal us when we default to these assumptions.
Crabb's main thesis throughout the book is that connecting is the best way for us to be healed and to help others be healed. And he makes a good case for this contention. I, too, find my own reactions to other people's problems (either I offer a few sound bites of advice or I shuffle them off to a Christian counselor) to be inadequate. However, what left me disappointed with this book is that Crabb does not fully develop what connecting should look like. He spends a significant portion of the book using phrases like "nourishing the energy of Christ within us," which may sound good but is not at all clear as to its meaning. Chapter 14, in which he describes a gathering that friends organized for his wife on the occasion of her father's death, provides us with a vivid picture of what connecting can be, but these sorts of specific examples are largely absent from the book.
Overall, I find Crabb's main points to be rather compelling. The church would be well-served to consider his conclusions. However, I wish that he had offered us a clearer picture of what genuine Christian connecting can look like, rather than speaking so often in ambiguous and unclear spiritual language. I want to do what he calls us to do, but I just wish he had offered me more help to know how to do it.
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