* Everybody wants a "good life" that's free from problems. But for some Christians, the pursuit of biblical "principles" and "blessings" can actually become a form of idolatry. Dr. Crabb shows you how to escape the bondage of trying to "fix" the universe, so that you can experience true freedom and connectedness with God. Includes workbook. 368 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.
You can stop trying to get everything right.
Is the pressure getting to you? Do you try to make everything work, only to find that your best efforts are largely ineffective?
Christians have unknowingly embraced two errors: that following the rules guarantees a good life, and that God is important because He dispenses blessings. When Gods blessings seem to taper off and when life doesnt work out, people take it upon themselves to make things work. And that creates pressure that we are all too familiar with.
In The Pressures Off, best-selling author and counselor Larry Crabb introduces you to the New Way of living. God does not guarantee ease or convenienceor even a good outcome as the result of your obedience. But he does promise himself, no matter what the circumstances of your life.
When you seek God and nothing else, the pressure truly is off you.
Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, conference and seminar speaker, Bible teacher, author, and founder-director of NewWay Ministries. His many popular books include Shattered Dreams, The PAPA Prayer, SoulTalk, Inside Out, Connecting, and his life work, 66 Love Letters. He currently is scholar in residence at Colorado Christian University, visiting professor at Richmont University, and serves as spiritual director for the American Association of Christian Counselors. Dr. Crabb and his wife, Rachael, live in the Denver area. For additional information visit www.NewWayMinistries.org.
Praise for The Pressure's Off
"If, like me, you see blessing-centeredness rather than God-centeredness as a great weakness of American evangelicalism, you will hail this exploration of the freedom and joy of grace as timely therapy, a word in season that we all needed. May it be widely read and thoroughly digested."
J. I. PACKER, theologian and author of Knowing God
"The evangelical church, choking under a pervasive legalism/moralism that suffocates the human spirit, finds a powerful voice for freedom in Larry Crabb. Writing from the inside out, he presents a vibrant way of living with
passion and without pressure."
BRENNANMANNING, author of Ruthless Trust
"C. S. Lewis wrote about prosperity knitting us to this world, and while we are seeking our place in the world, the world is actually finding its place in us. Dr. Larry Crabb has constructed a compelling narrative that shows how we have imprisoned ourselves by using the worlds ways to get something from God, instead of appropriating Gods way to receive something from Him."
CAL THOMAS, syndicated columnist and author
"Dr. Crabb not only gives us a clear mandate to celebrate Christian freedom, he also is our accompanist and exemplar on the Way of Freedom. You know he has walked that way with you. A remarkably personal message."
JAMES M. HOUSTON, Chancellor Emeritus and professor of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.
"This book makes a very important statement about how to live the Christian life. It takes the Christian beyond the obstacles and disappointments and, above all, beyond the age-old enemy of self straight into the arms of grace. Once there, the pressure is off. A real worthwhile read."
FRANK RETIEF, Presiding Bishop, Church of England in South Africa
"At last we have a book that confronts contemporary Christian culture with its increasing tendency to be taken up with blessings more than the Blesser. I doubt whether anything Larry has ever written, or may write in the future, will contribute more powerfully to the needs of modern-day Christians than The Pressures Off."
SELWYN HUGHES, director of the Center for World Revival and author of Every Day with Jesus devotional