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Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2008
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Relationships are the most important part of our lives. They are the source of our greatest joys but also our deepest sorrows. Much of our pain in life comes from difficult or broken connections with other people. This book focuses on four principles that make all relationships succeed: integrity, love, humility, and forgiveness. These four factors are essential to the most intimate and the most public relationships, yet we cant achieve them on our own. The authors explain how we can be empowered by God to practice these four compelling keys to relational wholeness.
Glenn McMahan is on Navigator staff in Londrina, Brazil. He is also a journalist and has worked for the Frederick Times near Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. David Russ lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a certified psychologist with twenty years of experience in counseling.
Glenn McMahan is Navigator staff in Londrina, Brazil, where he and his family have lived and worked for the past six years. They have lived in Brazil for 12 years. Glenn is also a journalist. He worked for eight years as a reporter for the Fredrick Times near Baltimore, MD. He is married to Jim Petersen's daughter, Michelle, and they have two children.
David Russ is a certified psychologist with 20 years of experience in counseling. He is affiliated with the Carolinas Counseling Group in Charlotte, NC. He has a Ph.D. in psychology. David is married to Linda, Jim Petersen's niece, and they have three children.
Sara4 Stars Out Of 5May 16, 2009SaraThe writers discuss four principles necessary to any healthy relationship: integrity, love, humility, and forgiveness. Whether an intimate marriage relationship or a casual working relationship, these "ingredients" are the key to success. The writers show these principles lived out in the Christian life as true mandates from God. The first few chapters discuss our longing for whole relationships, the divine roots of our relational nature, how God expresses His relationship with us, and how we can reflect that in our own lives. The rest of the book is devoted to discussing each principle individually and to giving examples on the results of putting them into practice, or the consequences of not putting them into practice.What is different about this relationship book than the others out there? Well, from my own reading experience, this particular book talks more about relationships in general, not just marriage. It could make a great gift for a pastor, business leader, or husband/father. I think the tone and style is geared toward men, in my opinion. There's no "mushy" stuff or romantic ideas -- just straightforward advice for maintaining Christ-like characteristics in your daily interactions with others.There are discussion questions included at the end of each chapter, so this could be used in a small group or Bible study setting.
Located in: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Submitted: January 05, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. I have been working in Brazil for the past 14 years with university students and professionals. In the U.S., I worked as a newspaper reporter in Washington D.C. and Maryland. I hold a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.
What was your motivation behind this project? We (myself and the other two authors of the book) have seen firsthand the increased loss of foundational relational principles in today's culture. While most books about relationships focus on highly specific problems, almost no books deal with the foundational and overarching principles for relationships--especially those described in the Scriptures. Our goal was to describe these principles, based on the life of Christ, in a simple and useful way.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? We believe that Jesus was the perfect model for how people should relate to one another. We hope that our readers will gain new insights into his life and then learn to imitate him. As our character grows more and more into his likeness, our relationships will improve dramatically.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? One of the best aspects of this project was the chance to work together with Jim Petersen (author of many other books) and Dr. David Russ (a Christian psychologist with two decades of experience). As we worked on the book, our relationship with one another deepened in amazing ways. It was beautiful to see how God led us to a balance of unity with diversity.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I have had several important personal mentors in my life. In addition to my father, who died four years ago, I would also say that my co-author Jim Petersen has played a prominent role. Another person would be Dr. John Thomas, who was crucial in the early years of my Christian life. Authors such as C.S. Lewis, Francis Scheaffer, Os Guinness, Paul Johnson, and Charles Colson have strengthened my faith immensely.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: We believe that life is, above all, about relationships. God's every action and motivation is essentially relational--an expression of love for us. When we live according to the four character traits described in our book, we are living out the heart of the Gospel itself. To imitate Jesus in these traits is to live a beautiful adventure. We have certainly found that to be true in our own lives!