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Overview In this profound book, Benner explores the twin themes of love and surrender as the heart of Christian spirituality. Through careful examination of Scripture and reflection on the Christian tradition, Benner shows how God invites everyone to trust fully in His perfect love. (Christian Living)
Publishers Description A Personal Growth Finalist in the 2004 Word Guild Canadian Writing Awards "Only God deserves absolute surrender because only God can offer absolutely dependable love." In our self-reliant era, most of us recoil from the concept of surrendering to a power or authority outside ourselves. But surrender need not be seen as threatening, especially when the One to whom we surrender is the epitome of goodness and love. God doesn't want his people to respond to him out of fear or obligation. Rather, he invites us to enter into an authentic relationship of intimacy and devotion. And so God calls us to move beyond mere obedience--by surrendering to love. In this profound book, David Benner explores the twin themes of love and surrender as the heart of Christian spirituality. Through careful examination of Scripture and reflection on the Christian tradition, Benner shows how God bids us to trust fully in his perfect love. Writing with mature wisdom gleaned from many years of integrating psychological and spiritual insight, Benner demonstrates keen perception and sensitivity to the realities of spirtitual formation. In each chapter he includes meditative exercises to guide you into a greater experience of trust and spiritual transformation. God is love, and he intends for you to live in his love.Surrender to Love will lead you to an unexpected place, where yieldedness to God frees you to become who he created you to be.
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Studio: IVP Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.22" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.34" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2003
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 0830823026 ISBN13 9780830823024
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More About David G. Benner
David G. Benner is professor of psychology at Redeemer College (Ontario) and a practicing clinical psychologist. He is the author or editor of fifteen books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling Dr. Benner is also the founding director of the Institute for Psychospiritual Health, an international network of scholars and practitioners.
David G. Benner currently resides in Atlanta, in the state of Georgia.
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Surrender to ambiguity Sep 30, 2005
Dr. Benner is obviously a gifted writer with a heart for the loving transformation of his readers. My essential difficulty with this book is in its methodology, which like other works steeped in mystical spirituality, seems to emphasize the subjective nature of surrender at the expense of the objective elements of the Christian faith and our humanity.
While there is a subjective element to spirituality, that is, to the love and life found in God, Christ and the apostles always stressed that faith is to be expressed through concrete, practical love for our neighbor.
It is worth noting that Dr. Benner works closely, and I believe, approvingly of those who have strong ties to non-Christian spirituality. It is no surprise that he sings high the praises of A.W. Tozer, a Protestant, evangelical mystic to be sure, but also a student of spirituality that is steeped in extreme ecumenicism. He fails to mention that Tozer was also a neglectful father and an unloving husband, who's "pursuit of God" came at the expense of those closer to him rather than through them.
Overall, the intent and heart of the book is good, but it lacks the objectivity that is foundational to any intelligible faith, and a reader could easily find themselves saturated with a subjective mysticism that is more akin to Eastern spirituality than the Christ-following that typified the apostles.
Biblically and Historically on Target Sep 19, 2005
Benner is fast becoming known as a Christian psychologist with expertise in historical Christian spirituality. His is a rare and valuable combination.
His subtitle ("Discovering the Heart of Christian Spirituality") rightly summarizes the essence of the spiritual quest throughout church history--surrender to God's love. Others today are writing about our loving encounter with God. However, they often seem unaware of the grand history which precedes them. Benner, on the other hand, adds weight and substance to his development of our love relationship with God through his biblical, historical and psychological (biblical psychology) insights.
Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction", "Soul Physicians," and "Spiritual Friends."
A Must Read Jun 28, 2004
Benner does it again. This book, along with "The Gift of Being Yourself," highlights what we most need to learn. Benner illustrates the Need to surrender and explains the connection between surrendering to love and the experience of genuine intimacy. Benner most aptly stated "There is nothing more important that learning love, because this is learning that counts for eternity.... Learning to love is therefore the core task of the human psychospiritual journey." This book facilitates such learning!
Please, Please, Please Read This Book Jun 19, 2004
For anyone who desires to learn more about the unconditional love of God and how that love can be experienced daily: Please, Please, Please read this book. Dr. Benner has presented the love of God in such a straight forward way. God's love for us is what truly makes transformation possible. Apart from Christ we can do nothing. His love opens various possibilities. I will say that anyone who truly wants to mine the treasures within this work must read it more than one time. I want to thank Dr. Benner for presenting such a wonderful book on God and His love for us.