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

Zondervan / 2002 / Paperback

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Emphasizing the great doctrines and themes of Christianity, How People Grow shows why all personal growth is spiritual growth. The workbook will help you translate biblical principles into a practical path of growth in all the vital areas of your life including your relationship with God, your marriage and family life, your friendships, your sticking points, and your personal development. Suitable for personal or small group use, this fascinating, hands-on volume is filled with true-life examples, questions for reflection or discussion, "Tips for Growers," and probing insights that can help you experience the kind of change and growth you've longed for and that Jesus has promised.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 9 1/4 X 7 1/4 (inches)
ISBN: 0310245699
ISBN-13: 9780310245698
UPC: 025986245696
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Publisher's Description

You’ve heard lots of “biblical” answers, but the question remains . . . How Do You Grow? Our desire to grow runs deep. Yet the issues in our lives that we wish would change often stay the same, even with our best efforts to build ourselves up spiritually. What does growth look like—and how can we grow? 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 and how growth happens. You’ll discover ·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 specific tasks and tips are that will help pastors, counselors, and others who assist people in growing—and what your own responsibilities are in your personal growth Shining focused light on the great doctrines and themes of Christianity, How People Grow shows why all personal growth is spiritual growth. Designed for use with How People Grow, the How People Grow Workbook will help you translate biblical principles into a practical path of growth in all the vital areas of your life—your relationship with God, your marriage and family life, your friendships, your sticking points, your personal development, and everything that life is about. Suitable for personal or small group use, this fascinating, hands-on volume is filled with true-life examples, questions for reflection or discussion, “Tips for Growers,” and probing insights that can help you experience the kind of change and growth you’ve longed for—and that Jesus has promised.

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.

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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