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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
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
"Connecting" was a very exciting book for me to read because the Lord had and has been teaching and showing my husband and I many things that were difficult to share with others because they just didn't seem to understand what we were talking about. God has been opening our eyes and letting us see things that are very difficult to see. We knew that "Connecting" was a confirmation from God that we were moving in His direction. We learned that we needed to "die to self" and be "Christ-conscious" and not self-conscious in order to do what He wants us to do. That's the only way we can allow Jesus in us to be poured out of us and into another person (I could go on and on and on...).
Some days I could read a whole chapter and some day I could only read one page but I'd have to read it three times, meditate on it and let it sink in! Sometimes my brain would just be saturated and I would have to put the book down because I couldn't absorb anymore. It took me many months to read this book but I know that was all in God's plan. He was teaching and growing me using "Connecting". He wanted me to learn just so much in a time period. I would find that I would be applying Dr. Crabb's ideas and principles (unconsciously) in my everyday life and from that I realized why God allowed me only to read so much at once.
What really touched me was the fact that Dr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Im a big reader, especially of Christian related books and was interested in something about connect and building relationships with others (something I feel I lack sometimes). Read morePublished 1 month ago by JamesH.
Worth reading but quite emotionally heavy. I am sure it will help many.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book is insightful and helpful, but does not contain the discussion and study guide listed on cover and in table of contents. Really would like to have the study guide. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cyndi
I relate to the book. Particularly because of the personal experience which changes Larry Crabb's course in life, and understanding psychology. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Craig Botha
Larry Crabb is very insightful as to motivations of the heart. His insights on prayer is eye, mind and heart opening.Published 9 months ago by Linnaie Olson
Excellent writing and is helping me in my Christian ministry. Using this book, I am able connect with the people I coach because I am concentrating more on calling them to be... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Paula K Fontanini