How People Grow: What the Bible Reveals about Personal Growth   -     By: Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend
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How People Grow: What the Bible Reveals about Personal Growth

Zondervan / 2004 / Paperback

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How People Grow reveals why all growth is spiritual growth and how you can grow in ways you never thought possible. Unpacking the practical and passionate theology that forms the backbone of their counseling, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend shatter popular misconceptions about how God operates to reveal how growth really happens.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8 X 5.31 (inches)
ISBN: 0310257379
ISBN-13: 9780310257370
UPC: 025986257378
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Publisher's Description

All growth is spiritual growth. Authors Drs. Cloud and Townsend unlock age-old keys to growth from Scripture to help people resolve issues of relationships, maturity, emotional problems, and overall spiritual growth. They shatter popular misconceptions about how God operates and show that growth is not about self-actualization, but about God’s sanctification. In this theological foundation to their best-selling book Boundaries, they discuss: •?What the essential processes are that make people grow •?How those processes fit into a biblical understanding of spiritual growth and theology •?How spiritual growth and real-life issues are one and the same •?What the responsibilities are of pastors, counselors, and others who assist people in growing—and what your own responsibilities are in your personal growth

Author Bio

Dr. Henry Cloud is a popular speaker, and co-host, with Dr. John Townsend, of the nationally broadcast New Life Live! Radio program, and cofounder of Cloud-Townsend Clinic and Cloud-Townsend Resources. His bestselling books include the Gold Medallion Award-winning Boundaries books and Making Small Groups Work. Dr. Cloud and his wife and two daughters live in Southern California.

Dr. John Townsend is a psychologist, popular speaker, and cohost of the nationally broadcast New Life Live! radio program, and a cofounder of Cloud-Townsend clinic and Cloud-Townsend Resources. He has written or co-written 27 books, selling over six million copies, including the bestseller Boundaries.  He is also the author of Boundaries with Teens and Hiding from Love. He and his wife, Barbi, live in southern California. They have two grown sons.

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Cloud and Townsend, clinical psychologists who are the Gold Medallion Award-winning authors of Boundaries, attempt in this book to chart personal growth from a biblical perspective. Rather than suggesting that real growth happens only to Christians, they argue that most effective therapeutic methods, even those that are ostensibly secular, use biblical concepts. As such, they look to Scripture for the very best strategies for spiritual and emotional growth. While they are critical of a one-size-fits-all approach to human suffering, they do prescribe a combination of prayer, Bible study and regular contact with a "growth group" for virtually every problem they address. The growth groups they describe are populated by healthy, vulnerable people who are willing to confront each other lovingly and own up to mistakes and failures. Cloud and Townsend argue persuasively that such groups facilitate dramatic changes in individuals' lives, but leave the logistical problem of finding such evolved folks to the reader. Perhaps the most radical message of the book is that failure is the norm, even for the most devout. Not only do the authors repeatedly give examples of the best Christians committing the worst sins, but they also insist that such wrongdoing never warrants condemnation from God or other believers. Instead, they argue, sinners must experience total acceptance and love before true repentance and change can occur. This solid, Bible-based argument against guilt and for grace is a powerful elixir for evangelicals who all too often hear the opposite message. (Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

Cloud and Townsend, clinical psychologists who are the Gold Medallion Award-winning authors of Boundaries, attempt in this book to chart personal growth from a biblical perspective. Rather than suggesting that real growth happens only to Christians, they argue that most effective therapeutic methods, even those that are ostensibly secular, use biblical concepts. As such, they look to Scripture for the very best strategies for spiritual and emotional growth. While they are critical of a one-size-fits-all approach to human suffering, they do prescribe a combination of prayer, Bible study and regular contact with a 'growth group' for virtually every problem they address. The growth groups they describe are populated by healthy, vulnerable people who are willing to confront each other lovingly and own up to mistakes and failures. Cloud and Townsend argue persuasively that such groups facilitate dramatic changes in individuals' lives, but leave the logistical problem of finding such evolved folks to the reader. Perhaps the most radical message of the book is that failure is the norm, even for the most devout. Not only do the authors repeatedly give examples of the best Christians committing the worst sins, but they also insist that such wrongdoing never warrants condemnation from God or other believers. Instead, they argue, sinners must experience total acceptance and love before true repentance and change can occur. This solid, Bible-based argument against guilt and for grace is a powerful elixir for evangelicals who all too often hear the opposite message.

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    Good book to have for learning how people grow as well as your self.
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    The app is not very good... but the book is wonderful, I really love it, have it in paper and audio, now in e book =) it has been very helpful for me and my family.
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    Good info on how to grow
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    pranco
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    This book shows how people need the church body as well as the Bible, God, Jesus and Holy spirit to grow spirtually and emotionally.
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    Increase strength and depth in your spiritual walk
    March 21, 2012
    Beth
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    The most important thing I gained from this book so far (I'm about half way through), is how important our interpersonal relationships are to healing and growth. Usually in the church we pretend to be all put together and this book tells us how we don't need to do that. If we accept each other as we are and help each other as a body of believers we can be the body of Christ that God has intended us to be.
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    This is THE best book ever! The authors have so much insight to get to the root of the problem and what's behind it, not just the problem that is manifesting itself. I recommend this book to EVERYONE even if your life is perfect. It gives you insight into other people's problems. We did a book study last summer with this book and everyone loved it.
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