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About the Author

Craig Gross founded Fireproof Ministries and XXXchurch.com and is the author of several books, including The Dirty Little Secret and Questions You Can't Ask Your Mama about Sex. He currently lives in Pasadena with his wife, Jeanette, and two kids, Nolan and Elise.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400205301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400205301
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first time I heard the word accountability was shortly after high school. A good friend of mine asked me if I wanted to be accountability partners with him. This meant that we would talk about the deeper things that boil beneath the surface; things that most hold tightly to themselves. I am not sure if I was scared or what, but I quickly declined his invitation. I did not want anyone getting closer. I was an island.

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent...

- No Man Is An Island, John Donne

Open, by Craig Gross, is a book that encourages living a life in accountability to another. The book is divided into three parts:

Part 1: Why accountability is...(Good, Safety, Deep, Necessary)
Part 2: What you need...(Honesty, Courage, Help)
Part 3: How - Get...(Involved, Intimate, Effective)
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Starting in Chapter 8, I love how Craig breaks down exactly how to establish an accountability relationship and exactly what that looks like. He talks about the small things such as:

- Picking someone of the same gender.
- Finding someone you are compatible with (preferably someone who knows you).
- Having an accountability partner whose views are slightly different than your own (this way you avoid someone who is simply going to be a yes-man and will instead challenge you).
- Choosing someone who you can trust. I have found point to be especially true. If you don't trust your accountability partner you will never go below the surface conversations that you have with everyone else.
- Taking into consideration whether you want someone in the same stage of life (income, age, marital status, kids, etc.) as yourself.
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*The following is my personal review. I was not influenced in any way in my honest review. For my review I received a complimentary copy of this book from Booksneeze.com*

Accountability: What is it? Why do we need it? How does one go about with accountability? These questions and more are addressed in Craig Gross' newest book Open: What Happens When You Get Real, Get Honest, and Get Accountable. The book is broken into three sections: Why? What? How? Each section deals with its aforementioned heading.

In the Why? section, Mr. Gross explains, and gives his reasons, for why accountability is desperately needed in the lives of people today. He gives examples for his own life and the lives of his friends on why they came to realize their needed for accountability. He also addresses that accountability need not be for sexual addictions alone. It can be for scheduling concerns, budgeting, smoking, spousal issues, and others. I found this to be a great challenge as I had not given much thought to having accountability on how I spend my money and how booked my calendar may be.

With the foundation laid in Why?, Mr. Gross then proceeds to the What? What is accountability? Mr. Gross discusses that it is not a coffee house chat but a courageous effort to get into the intimate lives of people and hold them to a higher standard. The goal is aid others, and be aided by them, to keep an interference from ruining a life. By willing to open oneself to another there is a located freedom that could be potentially lost by someone going it alone.

The next section How? laid the groundwork of what it could look like to being accountable with others.
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Growing up in the church, I've heard the word "accountability" tossed around in a number of different contexts. Accountability partners, accountability small groups, etc seemed to be all the rage in my church throughout middle school and high school. These meetings usually involved a gathering of students in the same grade and gender, and we were encouraged to share our life struggles with one another. While a lot of fun and some support happened during those groups, I wouldn't quite call it accountability. Not in the purest sense of the word, at least.

Author Craig Gross does an excellent job of laying down the case for the accountability: our need for it in society, in our relationships, in our churches-- in everything. He gives multiple examples from both sides of the coin-- those who have sought and accepted accountability from others and those who have recklessly lived their lives without anyone to keep them in check. Its no mystery that if left to our own devices, sin will rule our hearts. But when we desire a deeper relationship with Christ, and truly seek to live life to its fullest, accountability for our recurring sins is a natural by-product of that commitment.

A large portion of this book is devoted to reasons we need accountability. While I agreed completely with everything the author wrote about this subject, it seemed a little bit redundant at times. Or perhaps it is because I grew up with the concept already ingrained in my lifestyle. If accountability is a completely new and foreign concept to someone, I can see how this portion of the book would be helpful. Craig Gross does a good job of presenting what accountability is and is NOT.
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