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Understanding People: Why We Long for Relationship [Paperback]

By Lawrence J. Crabb (Author) & Larry Crabb (Author)
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"My burden in this book is to lay a foundation for accepting the simple (but rather radical) idea that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life without falling into shallowness or irrelevance. To reach that goal, it is necessary to see how psychological disorder is really the product of the sinful pursuit of life apart from God." "Let me try to reduce this profound longing for relationship to a simple definition: Each of us fervently wants someone to see us exactly as we are, warts and all, and still accept us. Because no other human being can ever see all of us, a nagging doubt clouds even the best relationship: what would they think of me if they knew that . . .?" "We must relieve ourselves of the pressure to 'feel good' when something legitimately painful happens. Hurting Christians must embrace their pain, not deny it out of guilt. Bereaved people should sorrow. Parents whose children rebel should ache. Wives whose husbands are weak should feel disappointed and angry. Children whose parents provide authority without involvement should feel betrayed . . . Every emotion can be used to push us on to a deeper awareness of our dependency on God." "People who are designed to know the joy of relationship feel only the pain of separation and loneliness."

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Understanding People 'Every attempt to help people must first begin with an effort to understand people, ' says Dr. Larry Crabb. 'And the only fully reliable source of information on that topic is the Bible.' In this Gold Medallion Award-winning classic, Dr. Crabb affirms the power of the Scriptures to address the intricacies and deep needs of the human heart. Exploring the inseparable link between spiritual and psychological realities, Understanding People offers a vital lens on how we're put together---who we really are and what makes us tick in our relationships with other people, with God, and with ourselves. In three parts, this book first points us to the Bible as our source of insight into perplexing heart issues. Then it helps us come to grips with our brokenness as God's image-bearers, and it shows how we can reclaim our ability to reflect him in our growth toward maturity and healed relationships

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Understanding People: Why We Long for Relationship by Lawrence J. Crabb & Larry Crabb has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Gold Medallion Book Awards - 1988 Winner - Christian Living category

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1987
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310226007  
ISBN13  9780310226000  
UPC  025986226008  

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More About Lawrence J. Crabb & Larry Crabb

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Larry Crabb is a bestselling author, counselor, and psychologist who is known internationally not only through his many books, but also as a leading seminar and conference speaker for the past two decades. Some of his landmark books include "Inside Out, Finding God, The Marriage Builder, "and "Connecting. "He has been a professor at Colorado Christian University since 1989, and has also taught at Regent College, Grace Theological Seminary, and the University of Illinois. He had a private practice in clinical psychology for ten years. Larry's New Way Ministries serves churches through a variety of training opportunities in areas including spiritual direction, spiritual friendship, shepherding and leadership, and spiritual formation and counseling. Larry and his wife, Rachael, have two sons and two grandchildren and live in the Denver, Colorado area.

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Good Guide for Better Understanding People  Jul 14, 2005
Even though I am not a professional counselor like the author, I did find the title to be an informative read on human nature. The book covers basic Christian viewpoints of human nature: we are fallen and yet are on a search for deep and lasting fulfillment.

The book is divided into 3 major areas:

1. A Sufficient Bible - Finding answers in scripture.
2. Understanding People - A tarnished image and broken relationships.
3. Growing Toward Maturity - A restored image and healed relationships.

The book covers principles such as:

1. Different positions on how the Bible addresses problems.
2. Describing human nature (we are emotional, free to choose, personal, can truly change).
3. How we and our relationships can be improved (move out of an emphasis on self-protection from pain and become more involved in other people's lives, realize that pain is a normal in life and we should not expend too much energy trying to feel good, and realize that Christ is our sufficiency).

Understanding People is an enjoyable read and is recommended for the professional counselor, minister, or anyone who wants to know more about human nature from a Christian worldview.

The Nature of Human Nature  May 8, 2005
"Understanding People" marked something of a turning in Crabb's writing and ministry. In some of his previous works such as "Effective Biblical Counseling" and "Basic Principles of Biblical Counseling," Crabb focused more on integrating biblical and psychological concepts. With "Understanding People," Crabb emphasizes a biblical model of the "imago Dei" (the capacities of the image of God in human nature).

The first section, consisting of four chapters on the sufficiency of Scripture, is perhaps the most vital material in the book. Crabb logically, practically, and biblically states his well-thought-through model of the Scriptures as a foundation for Christian counseling.

The bulk of the book then focuses on the nature of human nature. Here Crabb describes the four fundamental capacities of the human personality: we are relational (we long), rational (we think), volitional (we purpose), and emotional (we feel).

Interestingly, some have criticized Crabb's teaching on relational longings, stating that no one in Church history prior to Crabb made longings an aspect of the "imago Dei." These folks should read more Church history. Augustine, Bernard of Clairvaux, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Baxter, Edwards, and so many more stalwarts of the Christian faith, not only taught about religious affections and relational longings, they taught that they were essential components of the human personality as designed by God.

One could wish that "Understanding People" said more about our physicality and the inner-play between mind and body. One could also wish for more "how to" based upon the excellent insights into our inner nature. However, no one book can do it all. "Understanding People" does successfully meet it's primary goal of providing a biblical psychology of human nature--in it's original glory, fallen depravity, and redeemed dignity.

Reviewer: Dr. Robert W. Kellemen is the author of "Soul Physicians: A Theology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction," "Spiritual Friends: A Methodology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction," and the forthcoming "Sacred Companions: A History of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction."
Read it for a healthier view of yourself and others  Feb 15, 2002
Crabb sets forth the idea that our deep longings for true relationship inevitably lead to pain and hurt. Attempts to avoid the pain of sorrow, disappointing relationships, or conflicts rob us of the experience of our true humanness. In reality, these circumstances can push us on to a deeper awareness of our dependency on God, which in turn frees us to love ourselves and others as fallen, not-yet-glorified human beings. Though the book is intended to assist counselors and others who facilitate change in others, it also offers many insights for anyone who is seriously interested in understanding human behavior.
Great Book, very informative, flows easily  Jul 9, 2001
I was required to read this book for my Biblical Foundations of Counseling class, and I am so glad I actually read it! This book seriously helps you understand the workings of your own mind and even if you don't have deep rooted issue, you still are able to understand things like your thought process better! I recommend anyone who wants to understand the way sinful humans think to read this book! I loved it! I hate to read and I couldn't put it down! If you like to read interesting books(cause usually one likes to read boring books) read this one! Crabb has done it again!

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