Item description for Abundant Living for Christians by Arthur Stevens...
Decisions, decisions. Human life is full of them, often generating great anxiety. How can they lead to fullness of life and further the promise of the Gospel? Like the Gospel itself, the method called Transformation through Cooperative Discernment (TCD) represents a seismic change in how people make choices. Jesus said, "I came that [people] might have life, and have it abundantly" (John 10:10). The TCD method begins with Gospel principles for decision making, including: . having faith that God loves everyone unconditionally and is present to help us; . mutually honoring everyone directly involved; . treating diversity as an invitation to cooperative community; . handling conflict as a reminder to use prayerful process; and . discerning and pursuing shared hopes.
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Studio: Xulon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.25" Weight: 0.36 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2005
Publisher Xulon Press
ISBN 1594673578 ISBN13 9781594673573
Reviews - What do customers think about Abundant Living for Christians?
A discerning discernment Aug 23, 2005
As a Roman Catholic, I have been familiar with the Jesuit tradition of discernment of spirits - based upon St. Ignatius Loyola's "Spiritual Exercises". I have found to my surprise and edification that Arthur Stevens' "Abundant Living for Christians: Making Decisions in Church and Family" builds upon that tradition in a very accessible and practical way. This highly readable book (actually more of a manual) is first and foremost faith-based. Yet it offers its process also for the secular perspective with examples of decision-making in circumstances arising from business and non-religious community.
A major underpinning theme is the exploration of Christian Hope in day to day living and the decisions that may be made in that day. In fact, "Abundant Living" is a manual of hope - a hope that the way in which individuals, families, and communities make decisions can be changed - or transformed - for the better. Whenever possible, practical steps are provided in considerable detail. It is clear that this work is based on experience - both personal and communal. I would recommend this work for those who are willing to consider that they could improve on how their decisions are made.
Refreshing & transformative! Jul 24, 2005
A refreshing, positive approach to making decisions and identifying hopes that are based on our deepest values. He reminds us to rely on and thank God for supporting us in these important choices in our personal and parish lives. Everyone with a stake in a decision is involved in a respectful, non-competitive way. It can transform the way we relate in community!
A Wonderful Way to Make Decisions Jul 10, 2005
Art Stevens offers an excellent methodology for decision making which allows a rather reserved person like me to play an important role in all aspects of the process. His "Transformation through Cooperative Discernment" focuses on God's presence in every phase of decision making. The discernment of the hopes of each involved person gives every individual an opportunity to speak and be heard, and the communal cooperation in working through the process to an ending that is pleasing to all are appealing to those whose voices are not always spoken or heard.
While Stevens developed this new way of looking at an old and often difficult process primarily for families, churches and institutions, it can work beautifully for individuals and couples (very small families). He works through this approach to decision making precisely and clearly, step by step, and gives frequent examples to which the lay reader can easily identify.
This book is one that needs to be kept within easy reach, reread from time to time and referred to often. A wonderful new way to use our heartfelt hopes to make decisions, large and small, individual and corporate!
A Better Way of Making Hard Decisions Jun 29, 2005
Art Stevens' method of decision making through discernment is applicable to institutions large and small, secular as well as sacred, and also to families. It is especially useful in situations where choices are fraught with emotion and conflict. In this little book, Rev. Stevens presents what he calls Transformation through Cooperative Discernment (TCD)as a clear, step-by-step process for resolving conflict and reaching decisions that everyone can feel positive about. He also shows how the process may be used for choosing leaders. The book includes abundant case studies as well as evaluations from people who have used TCD in their church or home life. I recommend it.
A Rare Book Jun 29, 2005
This is one of those books that come along rarely, with new insights and wisdom on the old subject of getting along and living together. Art Stevens' book ought to be required reading for anyone in a ministry of reconciliation-which certainly includes the clergy.
Abundant Living is solidly based on the Gospel. It challenges the familiar mindset of "good guys/bad guys, winners/losers. Stevens takes careful aim at the categorical thinking found in marketplace and Church, and suggests a more effective way to live fulfilled lives.