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Open: What Happens When You Get Real, Get Honest, and Get Accountable Paperback – August 6, 2013
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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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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)
Open by Craig Gross
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Speaks into what is missing in relationship with men especially. Recommend it to anyone who wants deeper relationship with there friends and better piece of mind as... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nathan Mcmichael
This book helps you realize the freedom that there is in having someone hold you accountable in different areas of your life. Money, work, exercise, anything. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Austin Kaiser
This is a helpful book for anyone looking to change, get better and overcome struggles. Doing life alone is deadly and dangerous. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Chad Stutzman
This is a great read, very practical. Great for people of all walks of life.Published 21 months ago by Obadiah Mwangi
The Christian life was never meant to be lived alone. In Open: What Happens When You Get Real, Get Honest, and Get Accountable, Craig Gross calls readers to embrace the power of... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ben Birdsong
The book really opens you up, and really focuses on getting accountable. Excellent book if you're looking for a read!Published on May 27, 2014 by Cointa Anaya
Enjoyed this book from beginning to the end. I highly recommend this book for those who are struggling with an addiction and want to start an accountability group.Published on April 17, 2014 by Kevin Villacis
Craig Gross presents helpful advice for victory over the many manifestations of sexual temptation today. Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by rusty hayes