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How People Grow Workbook : What the Bible Reveals about Personal Growth

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 191 x 235 x 13mm | 445g
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • Workbook
  • 0310245699
  • 9780310245698
  • 215,404

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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.
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Table of contents

Welcome to the How People Grow Workbook 7
PART ONE
Paradise Lost
1. Harder Than I Thought 11
2. Seeing the Big Picture 17
3. How the Big Picture Affects the Small 32
PART TWO
The Master Gardener: The God of Growth
4. The God of Grace 43
5. Jesus: Our Example for Living 51
6. The Holy Spirit 64
PART THREE
Finding the Best Climate
7. God's Plan A: People 79
8. Open Spaces: The Power of Acceptance 95
9. The Warmth of the Sun: Forgiveness 105
PART FOUR
The Path of Growth
10. The Gardener's Handbook: The Bible 121
11. No Pain, No Gain:
The Role of Suffering and Grief 131
12. Growing Tasty Fruit:
Becoming a Righteous Person 147
13. The Value of Pruning: Discipline 154
14. Water from a Deeper Well: Spiritual Poverty 167
15. Following the Gardener: Obedience 178
16. Pulling the Weeds:
The Problem of Sin and Temptation 191
17. Facing Reality: How Truth Deepens Growth 206
18. Putting on the Gloves:
The Importance of Activity 222
19. Waiting for the Harvest: Time 232
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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. * Publisher's Weekly *
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About Dr. Henry Cloud

Dr. Henry Cloud is an acclaimed leadership expert, psychologist, and New York Times best-selling author. In his leadership consulting practice, Dr. Cloud works with both Fortune 500 companies and smaller private businesses. He has an extensive executive coaching background and experience as a leadership consultant, devoting the majority of his time working with CEOs, leadership teams, and executives to improve performance, leadership skills, and culture. Dr. Cloud lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Tori, and their two daughters, Olivia and Lucy.




Dr. John Townsend is a nationally-known leadership consultant, psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author. John is the founder of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling, and the Townsend Leadership Program, which is a nationwide system of leadership training groups. He developed the online digital platform TownsendNOW, and the online assessment tool TPRAT. Dr. Townsend travels extensively for corporate consulting, speaking, and helping develop leaders, their teams and their families. He and his wife, Barbi, live in Newport Beach, California, and have two sons, Ricky and Benny. Visit DrTownsend.com.
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