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Only thing hurting this series is George Bush's comment. Apr 23, 2010
Former President Bush is quoted on the back of these booklets, where he says: "Pastor John Baker and I shared something in common: we used to drink too much. Our hearts changed, and then we quit. That is a tried and true formula. The problem is, government is not good at changing hearts. But people like John Baker have been."
1) The Celebrate Recovery booklets repeatedly cite the New Testament insistence that our hearts must be changed ("You must be born again" - John 3), and that neither John Baker, nor anyone in government or anywhere else has ANY power to change hearts: "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God" - Ephesians 2:8. Peter was incapable of even recognizing Jesus as the Christ without God's intervention (Matthew 16:16-17).
2) I take offense to Bush's artificial and anti-biblical suggestion that private-sector Christians like John Baker are effective evangelists, and Christians in government are "not good." Civil servants are only twice mentioned in the New Testament, and both treatments are indisputably honorable, yet many Republicans seem determined to ignore that and ignore civil servants who work admirably, rather than helping them all seek repentance and divinely inspired service. President Bush in his civil service arguably shares more of the blame than anyone else for inflicting the harshest misfortunes on our nation since the Great Depression. As someone who nearly lost his home because of his fake prosperity, I recommend that he think twice before sitting in a glass house and throwing rocks.
3) Jesus never called anyone to try out some "formula"; He commanded them to be His disciples. Read Dallas Willard's conceptualization of "consumer Christianity" in his book "The Divine Conspiracy." There is a huge difference between someone who wants God to do nothing more than treat his addiction, fix his marriage, or get him a job, and someone who wants Him to completely replace his life. I cannot imagine that it was the daily guidance of God's Spirit - discipleship - that led George Bush into such a spectacular failure in the White House; therefore, I conclude that he wanted nothing from God but to stay on the wagon.
Celebrate Recovery Participants Guide Feb 8, 2010
Excellent when one is ready to begin their spiritual and emotional healing journey, especially if done with a sponsor. Takes some work on the participants part. This is also a good price for the set.
Awesome 12 step workbook Jun 25, 2009
The four Celebrate Recovery particpant guides are a must have if you desire healing from any hurt, habit or hangup.
The guides are designed to be used in a Step Study group. The group follows the 5 guidelines (same as the open share groups)so each step study member answers the questions without interuption. The step study members all answer the same question before they move on to the next question. In an 1.5 hour meeting, you can complete about three questions in a group of 7 people. If you meet every week, it takes about 9 months to complete all four participant guides.
If you don't have a group yet, get the participant guides anyway and start working on them. You will be blessed!
CR Step Study Guides Mar 28, 2009
Great guide for 12 Step Recovery that is Christ-centered and leads into great group discussion.
It's a tool. Will work if you use it properly Mar 28, 2009
Most secular recovery groups such as AA, SAA, etc. pass on the working of the twelve steps through oral tradition through one's sponsor. Some groups such as SA and Celebrate Recovery formalize the process by working through the steps in workbooks. These book tag along with the twelve steps as well as something called the "eight principles". The eight principles may be useful to some but it is actually just a restatement of the twelve steps that Pastor Rick Warren used as a sermon outline. These eight principles are very loosely tied to the beautitudes.
The bottom line, is if you want to work the steps to get better, these books will do it. Nothing out there is perfect. There are some questions that are very good and others that aren't so insightful.
It is just a matter of you bringing to the table the desire and seriousness. As they say in the programs, anyone who attempts to work the twelve steps in their lives albiet not perfectly but with a good deal of seriousness, will get better.
These are not fill-in-the-blank Bible studies. These are intended for people who have every intention of doing the twelve steps - the moral inventory, reading the moral inventory to one's sponsor, the defect characters list, making amends, etc. If you don't intend to do the steps, these books are worthless.
On a final note, these are not designed to do one your own. These are intended to do with a group - most preferably with someone in the group who has gone through the 12 steps before and believe what they can accomplish. These lessons are meant to be discussed and applied in a safe environment where it is OK to share about anything.
In our Celebrate Recovery group, we have strong rules that we don't do mixed gender groups - we do men with men and women with women.