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How People Grow: What the Bible Reveals about Personal Growth [Paperback]

By Henry Cloud (Author) & John Townsend (Author)
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How People Grow reveals why all growth is spiritual growth and how you can grow in ways you never thought possible. 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 to reveal how growth really happens.

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All growth is spiritual growth. Authors Drs. Cloud and Townsend unlock age-old keys to growth from Scripture to help people resolve issues of relationships, maturity, emotional problems, and overall spiritual growth. They shatter popular misconceptions about how God operates and show that growth is not about self-actualization, but about God s sanctification. In this theological foundation to their best-selling book Boundaries, they discuss: *?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 responsibilities are of pastors, counselors, and others who assist people in growing---and what your own responsibilities are in your personal growth"

From Publishers Weekly
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. (Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Item Specifications...


Studio: Zondervan
Pages   368
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.36" Height: 0.97"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 10, 2004
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310257379  
ISBN13  9780310257370  
UPC  025986257378  


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More About Henry Cloud & John Townsend


Henry Cloud Dr. Henry Cloud is a popular speaker, psychologist, co-host of the nationally broadcast New Life Live! radio program, and co-founder of the Cloud-Townsend Clinic and Cloud-Townsend Resources. He is the author of many books, as well as co-author of the 2003 Retailers Choice Award-winning God Will Make a Way and the Gold Medallion Award-winning Boundaries (over 1 million copies sold). He maintains a private practice in Newport Beach, California, andlives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles."

Henry Cloud currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.

Henry Cloud has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christian Softcover Originals
  2. Secret Things of God
  3. What to Do When You Don't Know


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Reviews - What do customers think about How People Grow?

Only for the brave  Mar 2, 2007
Resisting easy fix-its and letting God search the heart is only for the brave. But, if you are willing to face truth no matter what the cost, so that God may change you with it, ask God to use this book to produce the kind of growth that will create a transformed emotional and spiritual legacy in you and your descendants.
 
Growing Up  Jan 4, 2007
It has been an excellent study for me. It raises questions I had not thought about and attitudes I didn't realize I could be harboring. It was an excellent study guide for me.
 
Important reference work  Jul 20, 2005
How People Grow is an easily accessible, Biblically-centered, psychologically-deep, and thorough overview of the growth process. I have read through this book twice and refer to it sporadically to refresh my memory on various parts of the growth process and, in my work with college students, urge them to read the book. I have found that living out and sharing its insights has helped me in every area of life, from becoming a more effective evangelist to developing stronger work habits. My main challenge in reading it is owning up to how misguided my understanding of the growth process has been, how I have subsequently misled others, repenting of these mistakes, and seeking to think and live differently in the future. It is a book that speaks to deep issues in a grace-filled but challenging way.
 
Insightful viewpoint, very interesting  Dec 27, 2004
This book can be summarized as a Biblical based approach to understanding personal growth and how that relates to spiritual growth. Two psychologists, Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend examine the personal growth process and point out how that process is found within the pages of the Bible. With that personal growth process as the starting point they then show how personal growth is in fact spiritual growth. This is one of the best books on personal growth that I have read. How People Grow is highly recommended to anyone seeking to change their life, get out of the rut of stagnation, or move to a happier place in their life. It is also recommended to Christian counselors, Pastoral counselors, and others involved with helping people.
 
Excellent resource!  Feb 14, 2004
This book encouraged me and reminded me that God uses all things to work together for good, for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. The authors bring together their many years of psychiatric hospital experience and their theological training. An excellent resource for anyone seeking to understand themselves or those they love.
 

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