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Fully Alive: A Biblical Vision of Gender That Frees Men and Women to Live Beyond Stereotypes Hardcover – June 1, 2013

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Discover who you were truly meant to be and how you were truly meant to live.

Gender roles have been the subject of much debate and confusion over the last several decades. What is expected of a man? What is expected of a woman? And where do those expectations come from? But the Bible is clear--God created men and women to be unique and He did so for a purpose.

In Fully Alive, author and psychologist Dr. Larry Crabb offers a life-changing, biblically dependent understanding of gender uniqueness. He shows you how to appreciate and exhibit your God-given femininity or masculinity to reveal God's loving character to a world that is desperately in need of understanding.|Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, conference and seminar 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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How the message of Fully Alive is helping people all over the world . . .

"I had just come out of an abusive thirty-year marriage when I heard Larry teach on masculinity and femininity. The Lord used that teaching to begin the restoration process of my shattered soul and identity of who God created me to be."--Kerry F., Arizona, single/counselor

"Larry's teaching on gender has impacted my personal life, my marriage, and my leadership of the men's ministry at my church."--Charles B., Illinois, husband/father/pastor

"His gender message is biblically based and easy to understand. It has revolutionized the way we relate to each other. We believe this book is vital for those desiring authentic marital intimacy."--Ryan and Heather C., Virginia, husband/pastoral counselor and wife/mentor

"Seeing the potential in giving and receiving, I realize it is a waste of time to compete. Both men and women will benefit greatly by honoring their calling, resulting in freedom and joy."--Tom N., Norway, husband/father/retired

"Dr. Crabb's teaching on gender taught me a new way of relating to my wife. There is a drastic shift in my soul. . . . This new way has breathed life into our marriage."--John F., North Carolina, husband/father/pastor

"I experienced a distinct paradigm shift in my counseling upon learning about how gender relates to being created in God's image. Now there is an increasing desire to live out His strength in being the man He created me to be."--David W., Texas, husband/father/counseling pastor
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (June 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801015308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801015304
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In over 30 years as a Christian, every discussion I'd heard about Biblical masculinity and femininity, whether complimentarian or egalitarian, liberating or legalistic, essentially boiled down to the two elements of roles and power, and the role of women was always defined in relation to (or resistance/reaction to) men. How terrifyingly life-giving it was at SSD when Larry delved beneath roles and control to address what God's Word reveals about the uniqueness of our design as men and women who are not defined by each other but by our bearing of God's image, to reveal His nature!

I'm almost done with my first read of FULLY ALIVE, but I plan to go back through it immediately, highlighter in hand. As always, Larry's perspective plunges deep beneath the surface to look at foundational truth. The many layers of his message stir me to think in specifics..."What would revealing Christ look like in my relationship w/ _________? Where does my self-protection feel justified? How am I refusing to reveal the glory of God by pursuing lesser things in my relationships?"

It's a convicting book, painful to read at times because it so clearly (though gently) exposes how deeply we fail to love well. Ultimately, however, FULLY ALIVE stirs a yearning to live transcendently. We were created to display God's glory and share His joy; anything less than uniting with Him to live this way is death. If you long to rest, to see and reveal the beauty of Jesus, to change deeply and live purposefully in your relationships, I invite you to experience this book as a means of grace.
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This is one of those books where you'll want to take the time to reflect deeply on your life, your struggles, your fears. If you quickly knock this book out and check it off your list, you'll miss out on what could be the most important teaching you'll ever come across on true biblical masculinity and femininity. Jesus said that the road to life is narrow (crushing), and not many find it. Larry profoundly describes what the narrow road is, and why our self-centered nature wants nothing to do with it. True life, abundant life, is found in relationships, and the more our self-centeredness is eradicated through the "crushing" way of Christ, the more we'll discover what it means to be fully alive as unique image-bearing men and women.

The abundant life that Christ is leading us to is not found in good health, good circumstances, or good blessings. The abundant life is found when we're transformed into the likeness of Christ - learning to love and relate like Him - no matter the condition of our health or circumstances. Transforming us into the relational likeness of Christ is no small task. Self-centeredness is the most serious of cancers. As C.S. Lewis said, we're in for the full treatment. Our flesh finds nothing attractive about the narrow road, yet, it's the best thing for us. God is supremely dedicated to our highest good, and He'll do what it takes to bring us to a beautiful reflection of His Son.

Mother Teresa once wrote: "Do not think that my spiritual life is strewn with roses - that is the flower which I hardly ever find on my way. Quite the contrary, I have more often as my companion "darkness." And when the night becomes very thick - and it seems to me as if I will end up in hell - then I simply offer myself to Jesus.
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Crabb asks what it means for a man or a woman to be fully alive, to be the person God truly created them to be. He suggests that is found out when one discovers how men and women are to relate the way God intended.

Crabb begins his study by exploring gender, the root of who we are. "Our soul's center is alive with either masculinity or femininity." In our sexually confused culture, Crabb says, Christians need a biblical basis. Is it men lead and women submit? (Complementarians) Is it equality of women with men? (Egalitarians) He looks at the Bible to see what thoughts God has on the issue.

For Crabb, it is all about relating. He believes the Bible indicates "that femininity and masculinity consist of unique and deeply embedded ways of relating." They relate in a way that reveals something unique about God's relational character. It is our fear, the core terror in our souls, that prevents us from relating to others as God desires. "Invisibility is a woman's core terror - displaying what nobody sees, offering what nobody wants." I think Crabb is a little vague on man's core terror. It seems to be related to doing and not being introspective, being afraid of failure. (Crabb does write, "The core terror is difficult for men to identify...") He shares his own experiences revealing the "terror of weightlessness," that he has no power to accomplish anything of more than passing significance. He writes, "Recognized terror opens the door to relational masculinity."

Crabb then has a section on identifying our relational sin. He explores how unfeminine women and unmasculine men relate. He explores spiritual formation and theiosis. He writes of finding one's center and living from it, evaluating the church's role. He reminds us of the dying to self before living to God.
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