The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery - eBook  -     By: David G. Benner
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IVP Books / 2009 / ePub

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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: IVP Books
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780830877225
ISBN-13: 9780830877225
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Recipient of the Award of Merit in the Personal Growth/Individual Category of The Word Guild 2005 Canadian Christian Writing Awards! "Grant, Lord, that I may know myself that I may know thee." —Augustine Much is said in Christian circles about knowing God. But Christians throughout the ages have agreed that there cannot be deep knowledge of God without deep knowledge of the self. Discerning your true self is inextricably related to discerning God's purposes for you. Paradoxically, the more you become like Christ, the more you become authentically yourself. In this profound exploration of Christian identity, psychologist and spiritual director David G. Benner illuminates the spirituality of self-discovery. He exposes the false selves that you may hide behind and calls you to discover the true self that emerges from your uniqueness in Christ. Freeing you from illusions about yourself, Benner shows that self-understanding leads to the fulfillment of your God-given destiny and vocation. "Christian spirituality," writes Benner, "involves a transformation of the self that occurs only when God and self are both deeply known." The self is not God, but it is the place where you meet God. Genuine self-knowledge revitalizes your spiritual life and opens the door to becoming who God has created you to be. Rest assured, you need not try to be someone you are not. But you will deepen your experience of God through discovering the gift of being yourself.

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David G. Benner (Ph.D., York University) is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Spirituality at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously he was an associate fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. A depth psychologist, spiritual director and retreat leader, Benner has written and edited many books, including the and He is the founding executive editor of the journal

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    Great, quick read with practical application steps.
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    This book is great for someone who wants to remove barriers in their life that keep them from a more intimate relationship with God. I have read it at least ten times and use it to help others pursue a deeper relationship with God though understanding why they act and feel the way they do.
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    Cheryl Berto
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    This is the second book in a series of 3 by David Benner. As a stand alone it is an excellent book, but if you read the first book in the series (Surrender to Love), your ability to apply the truths in this one are much expanded. The basic idea of the book is that you cannot truely know who you are apart from your creator, nor can you become your true self independent from Him. I can't recommend it highly enough. I've given it away to several people. It is not a big book but it is so full of good stuff that I should have just dipped whole pages in highlighter.
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    This book is a must have for the maturing christian and leaders alike. I challenge you to read for grreat Godly change!
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    This is the most important book that I read this summer. (Besides the Word) Knowing God and Knowing yourself and where the two meet. That is what we all long for in life. EXCELLENT!
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