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Making Room for Neighbors: Strengthen Relationships, Cultivate Community: Study GuideMax Lucado, Randy FrazeeHendrickson Publishers / 2011 / Trade Paperback$1.99 Retail:Video
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Healing the Child Within: Discovery & Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional FamiliesCharles WhitfieldHealth Communications / 1987 / Trade Paperback$13.46 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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Randy Frazee is the senior minister at Oak Hills Church, one of the largest churches in America, leading alongside author and pastor Max Lucado. A leader and innovator in spiritual formation and biblical community, Randy is the architect of The Story church engagement campaign. He is also the author of The Heart of the Story, The Connecting Church 2.0, and The Christian Life Profile Assessment. He and his wife, Rozanne, live in San Antonio.
Frazee tackles the importance of community with others, how to restructure relationships and value time, and how to raise children in a way that lets relish childhood. His writing is clear, well organized, and easy to follow. Each chapter contains discussion questions for small groups, and space is provided for personal responses to the topics. Randy Frazee is the senior pastor at Pantego Bible Church, in Ft. Worth, Texas, and the author of two previous books.
The first situation Frazee analyzes is crowded loneliness. Although people are constantly surrounded by others, they still can feel lonely because they have not formed solid relationships. Frazee states, We were created with a connection requirement, and if this requirement is not satisfied, we will eventually die. Time must be spent on creating deep relationships with other people. It is also important to raise children in a way that lets them enjoy their youth. Childhood is fast becoming an endangered species, warns Frazee. He emphasizes that children should not be involved in every activity offered to them. Children need to be able to have time for unstructured recreation. Frazee gives practical steps to help make these healthy goals a reality.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was fascinating to read about how our hyper-drive culture can have damaging effects on people. Frazee successfully uses scripture and other sources to reinforce his points, but at times his solutions to problems seemed simplistic. The ideas behind time management, building relationships, and having more time for life were good, but aspects of his specific game plan did not work for me, being overly structured and lacking freedom. With that said, I do recommend this book because it stresses the destructive nature of fast-paced living. Parents will benefit the most from this book because of the primary themes of family life and raising children. -- Kyle Waalen, Christian Book Previews.com