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The Life Model: Living from the Heart Jesus Gave You: The Essentials of Christian Living Paperback – August 1, 1999

4.8 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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I have been impressed over the years by the care and diligence of the Shepherd's House staff in thinking through and developing their approach. They have a tremendous grasp of developmental issues and how to help the traumatized. I know of no one offering a more innovative and thorough approach. -- Dr. Ken Canfield, Presiden, National Center for Fathering

The Life Model is be best model I have seen for bringin Christ to the center of counseling and restoring the disintegrating community fabric within Christian churches. -- Dr. Dallas Willard, Professor of Philosopy, USC

The Life Model offers a Christ-centered approach to helping one another live out the abundant life God has promised. -- Ruth Van Reken

About the Author

James G. Frisen, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and a licensed minister. He is the author of Uncovering the Mystery of MPD, More than Survivors: Conversations with Multiple Personality Clients, and The Truth about False Memory Syndrome.

E. James Wilder, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and an ordained minister. He is the author of The Stages of a Man's Life, Rite of Passage, and The Red Dragon Cast Down.

Anne M. Bierling, M.A., is a registere Marriage and Family Therapist intern with ten years conseling experience.

Rick Koepcke, M.A., is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Maribeth Poole, M.A., is a pastoral counselor with 15 years of experience.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 83 pages
  • Publisher: Shepherds House Inc; 2nd edition (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967435706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967435701
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Kyle on September 15, 2008
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I have 2 copies of this book, and I refer to them and lend them out frequently. I and many others whose opinion I respect have found the truth in this book to be consistent with the Bible and life changing. It is primarily about growing in emotional maturity which is sorely needed in our world and our church today. It teaches us how some of the lacks or hurts we have from childhood affect us today, but more importantly, God's plan for healing those wounds through mature relationships and prayer ministry. I can testify that it works as I have grown in emotional maturity, now I am able to more consistently live from the heart Jesus gave me (which is also living biblically) and better minister to those around me. The information on changing fear bonds to love bonds is also been life changing for me. How many times in the Bible does God tell us not to fear, and the LIFE Model provides tools to help us move in that direction. I know this material fairly well from these experiences and more during the past 1.5 years: I have been to 2 week long Thrive seminars that are based upon the LIFE model, questioned Jim Wilder and others about it, read Jim Wilder's Living with Men (much more detailed), and I am part of a Belonging group in which a small group lives out these principles.

As my Belonging group told me recently, I am transformed, more mature, more compassionate, more peaceful, more able to minister God's love to others. I use what I have learned from Life Model everyday in a variety of relationships. I am better able to connect with others and minister to them whether it is a personal or a ministry situation. And yes, I was a fully functional member of society before, professionally and personally. But it took courage to look at the weak spots in my maturity and address them.
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I am very impressed with both the brevity and clarity that this little book brings to some of the most difficult cases of abuse we handle. The book is both a clear and concise description of the true Christian lifestyle but also a manual for minister and abused alike. Major topics we continually use during ministry from the book are Maturity Levels, Fear and Love Bonding, Types of Trauma, Healing in Community, and Spiritual Adoption. Our organization, The Dwelling Place, gives a copy of this book to each man visiting us for ministry. (We minister to men, women and children dealing with the results of many forms of abuse.)
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I am overjoyed to have come accross this book. I will always have a copy in my library. In summary, the Life Model is a model for helping people achieve maturity, through trauma healing and recovery using godly communities and counsellors.

The author states that each individual can maximize their God given potentials (living from the heart Jesus gave you). However, because we live in a fallen world, things happen to us along the path of maturity (traumas) that keep us from achieving our potentials.

Each individual needs a nourishing community to mature properly, where the natural community (family and early childhood influences) have failed, the individual requires healing and recovery. God provides this healing and recovery through a few channels:

- Godly counsellors that identify the traumas, bring biblical teaching about the situation and pray with the person
- A godly community to provide the nourishment the individual needs to grow
- Healed individuals providing life and nourishment to others in need

The authors state that a mature person is well able to cope with the challenges of life, handle difficult tasks, help others and still maintain the joy of the Lord.
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This is one of the best, most helpful, books I have ever read. It talks specifically about how we overcome the wounds of childhood, either through our family of origin or through healthy community. It is a powerful statement about the healing power of God in Christian community.

This is one of those books I keep buying and giving away because it is so good.
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Profoundly comprehensive in applying the power and benefits people have in the accomplishments of Christ! The book is written in simple straightforward language - easy to understand - but often I reread sections to ponder how I could put its powerful instruction and insight into practice with the people I am living and working with. 90 pages- straight to the heart of the matter of helping people who love Jesus but are stuck in self-defeating behaviors.
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This book explained things in my life that never made sense to me. I had ways of behaving and reacting to situations that didn't make sense to me. Thos book helped me understand why and helped me overcome distructive behaviors.
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This book was so helpful to me. It really helped me understand why I think and act the way I do at times. IT was a great guide! I recomend this book for anyone who is going through inner healing or for those who suffer with DID! HIGH RECOMMENDED!!! Great book for counselors too or just anyone who wants to help those who are recovering from trauma. This book is a blessing!
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Meaningful and useful information. Lays out the emotional developmental stages from birth thru adult AND gives concrete practical advice on how parents and primary care givers can create the best, most positive atmosphere for secure attachments and joyful living. Conversely, the book explains how bad care givers can wreck and stunt development, opening the door to futures of dysfunction, addiction etc.
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