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How People Grow: What the Bible Reveals About Personal Growth Paperback – Unabridged, May 10, 2004
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Cloud and Townsend, clinical psychologists who are the Gold Medallion Award-winning authors of Boundaries, attempt in this book to chart personal growth from a biblical perspective. Rather than suggesting that real growth happens only to Christians, they argue that most effective therapeutic methods, even those that are ostensibly secular, use biblical concepts. As such, they look to Scripture for the very best strategies for spiritual and emotional growth. While they are critical of a one-size-fits-all approach to human suffering, they do prescribe a combination of prayer, Bible study and regular contact with a 'growth group' for virtually every problem they address. The growth groups they describe are populated by healthy, vulnerable people who are willing to confront each other lovingly and own up to mistakes and failures. Cloud and Townsend argue persuasively that such groups facilitate dramatic changes in individuals' lives, but leave the logistical problem of finding such evolved folks to the reader. Perhaps the most radical message of the book is that failure is the norm, even for the most devout. Not only do the authors repeatedly give examples of the best Christians committing the worst sins, but they also insist that such wrongdoing never warrants condemnation from God or other believers. Instead, they argue, sinners must experience total acceptance and love before true repentance and change can occur. This solid, Bible-based argument against guilt and for grace is a powerful elixir for evangelicals who all too often hear the opposite message. (Publisher’s Weekly)
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All growth is spiritual growth. Authors Drs. Cloud and Townsend unlock age-old keys to growth from Scripture to help people resolve issues of relationships, maturity, emotional problems, and overall spiritual growth. They shatter popular misconceptions about how God operates and show that growth is not about self-actualization, but about God's sanctification. In this theological foundation to their best-selling book Boundaries, they discuss:
â¢?What the essential processes are that make people grow
â¢?How those processes fit into a biblical understanding of spiritual growth and theology
â¢?How spiritual growth and real-life issues are one and the same
â¢?What the responsibilities are of pastors, counselors, and others who assist people in growing--and what your own responsibilities are in your personal growth
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This book deserves a place of honor next to my C.S. Lewis collection - but it's being lent out because it's that good. I would even purchase multiple copies to give away.
This book was an awesome addition to our daily devotional, it is full of encouragment, scripture and discussion questions to bring you both closer to the Lord and each other!
I can honestly say, this book helped my wife and I to be better prepared for the marriage road ahead!
Key concepts: All growth comes from and through God. We are hard-wired by our Creator to seek His fellowship. God uses our relationships with each other to bring about individual growth and healing in the Body of Christ.
Even if you aren't a believer in Jesus Christ, I challenge you to read this book. It will open your eyes to the opportunities that God is making available to you to achieve healing and growth in your life.