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Connecting: Healing Ourselves and Our Relationships [Paperback]

By Larry Crabb (Author)
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In his most significant book to date, Dr. Larry Crabb expands on his lifelong work in the field of psychotherapy to adopt a groundbreaking, but biblical, approach to healing the deep wounds of the soul-an approach that centers around building intimate, healing mini-communities in our lives and churches.

Dr. Crabb envisions a day when communities of God's people-ordinary Christians whose lives connect as husband to wife, brother to sister, friend to friend-will accomplish most of the healing that we now depend on mental health professionals to provide.

God has deposited within us the power to heal soul-disease and that power is released to do its work as we relate to each other in revolutionary new ways. In challenging, practical language, Dr. Crabb shows us how.

This revised and updated edition now includes a full workbook for those who want to better learn how to connect with the hearts and souls of those around them.

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In his most significant book to date, Dr. Larry Crabb expands on his lifelong work in the field of psychotherapy to adopt a groundbreaking, but biblical, approach to healing the deep wounds of the soul-an approach that centers around building intimate, healing mini-communities in our lives and churches.

Dr. Crabb envisions a day when communities of God's people-ordinary Christians whose lives connect as husband to wife, brother to sister, friend to friend-will accomplish most of the healing that we now depend on mental health professionals to provide.

God has deposited within us the power to heal soul-disease and that power is released to do its work as we relate to each other in revolutionary new ways. In challenging, practical language, Dr. Crabb shows us how.

This revised and updated edition now includes a full workbook for those who want to better learn how to connect with the hearts and souls of those around them.

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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   267
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.64 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 22, 2005
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0849945291  
ISBN13  9780849945298  
UPC  023755023872  


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More About Larry Crabb


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, conference and seminar speaker, Bible teacher, author, and founder-director of NewWay Ministries. His many popular books include Shattered Dreams, The PAPA Prayer, SoulTalk, Inside Out, Connecting, and his life work, 66 Love Letters. He currently is scholar in residence at Colorado Christian University, visiting professor at Richmont University, and serves as spiritual director for the American Association of Christian Counselors. Dr. Crabb and his wife, Rachael, live in the Denver area. For additional information visit www.NewWayMinistries.org.

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excellent overview of counseling philosophy  Jan 5, 2007
if you are looking to touch lives this book will give you a solid beginning. as a christian counselor (which all mature chrisitans have the responsibility to be) we must be vulnerable ourselves and not afriad to show weaknesses. this condition will sllow those we rae trying to help connect with us and in so doing gives our words more weight. if you are an inexperienced counselor, or you have a lifetime of experience, this book is a valuable read.
 
Review of Crabb's "Connecting"  Aug 11, 2006
As a counselor and pscyhologist Dr. Crabb spent decades analyzing people's problems from a scientific perspective. Solutions he offered were based upon scientific and psychological terms. In "Connecting," Dr. Crabb looks at people's problems from a spiritual perspective. Solutions he offers from this perspective are based upon biblical and spiritual understanding.

Instead of seeing people with psychological disorders requiring treatment, Crabb says that underlying our problems is a need to be connected to other people, to feel that we belong.

Are trained professionals necessary to "help" people with their problems? Not in most cases. "The problem beneath our struggles is a disconnected soul. ... we must provide nourishment for the disconnected soul that only a community of connected people can offer." (P.xvi).

People today are lonely and disconnected from meaningful relationships with other people. The pain of their disconnection causes them to act in ways that are painful and harmful to themselves and others. Relief for their suffering and destructive behavior is connecting with someone.

"For most ordinary Christians, the center of helping efforts is simple kindness, warm affirmation, and words of encouragement ... I suggest that the absolute center of all powerful attempts to impact people for good is connecting." (P.43)

Crabb says that "the deepest urge in every human heart is to be in relationship with someone who absolutely delights in us." (p.45) Such a relationship provides us a sense of belonging and value. In this kind of relationship we are emboldened to live up to our "dignity as human beings and our destiny as image-bearers."(P.45)

Crabb makes BOLD claims about the value of Christian community (church) being the place where most healing can take place for lonely, damaged hearts and lives. I think he makes his case very well. I highly recommend the book.
 
This is the book i've been looking for  Jun 14, 2006
This is simply a great book. Larry Crabb has captured a whole lot of spiritual and councelling concepts into what I believe to be a robust biblical framework. Its power lies in its simplicity and gospel foundation. It has shifted the way I relate in a positive and sustainable way.
 
Returning to Historic Spiritual Direction  May 26, 2005
In many ways, "Connecting" began something of a shift in the focus of Larry Crabb's writings. No doubt, the seeds had always been there--seeds that continue to germinate into full-blown spiritual direction. Crabb's later books, like "Soul Talk," have continued Crabb's journey, to switch metaphors, from biblical psychologist to spiritual director.

In "Connecting," Crabb explains why and how the church, and everyday relationships between Christians, ought to be the main place where spiritual maturity occurs. The subtitle, "Healing Ourselves and Our Relationships," was likely more an editorial and marketing decision, than a reflection of Crabb's focus. For "Connecting" highlights Christlikeness much more than emotional healing.

It is in "Connecting" that Crabb begins to underscore what has been a major emphasis in his later writing and ministry--the new heart of the renewed believer according to the new covenant. Unlike "Inside Out," that at times felt like "inner sin spotting," "Connecting" teaches more about listening to the good work that the Holy Spirit is already doing in a believers life. This is truly refreshing since much of modern Christian counseling has counseled believers as if they were still unbelievers with the old heart of the old covenant.

In many ways Crabb was ahead of the trends with "Connecting." Many post-modern, emergent Christian writers are now emphasizing (echoing?) the church as the place where spiritual formation takes place. Of course, Christ, Peter, and Paul taught this 2000 years ago, and saints have practiced it for the past 2000 years.

"Connecting" won't tell you all the "how tos" of spiritual friendship. It will tell you the why (the new covenant) and motivate you to relate deeply as spiritual friends.

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."
 
Good motivational book  Dec 13, 2004
The book focused on "connecting" with people. Dr. Larry Crabb's point is to show that the true way to help others is not by using clever therapeutic techniques. Dr. Crabb believes "there is a power within the life of every Christian waiting to be released," which he believes can lead to "further and deeper change," to help people "join more intimately to the heart of Christ," and heal "soul wounds" by allowing God's grace to "flow freely through us to them." From the standpoint of a counselor, showing care for someone is more than just checking on their mental well-being-it is about enjoying their presence. People must be able to feel that counselors truly care about them, which is the whole premise of "connecting."

Dr. Crabb shared a story of his oldest son. No matter how much he would try to help his child on a psychological level, he continued his destructive pattern. One day, instead of nagging and pointing to obvious mistakes, he decided to ask him, "How can I help?" Those simple words had connected with his son, who finally felt like his father really cared about him (4). He was never the same again. Dr. Crabb stated, "When we look for the bad, we must always be looking harder for the hidden good (12)." In the midst of trials, we are to "search for the good God may be releasing (16)."

Although I enjoyed the book, I found some of the counseling suggestions to be vague. For example, in pages 16-17, Dr. Crabb presents a scenario of a couple during a counseling session. The wife snaps at the husband because she feels unappreciated by him. Instead of acknowledging her anger, probing for a psychological explanation, or expressing empathy, Dr. Crabb proposes that the "good urges" be released from the counselees. It seemed he was making the wife see things from a different perspective-not necessarily releasing "good urges."

Counselors have been taught to be listeners and guides, but Dr. Crabb suggests that counselor and counselee "walk together as honest strugglers (99)." I agree with this suggestion to a point. I realize that it is not healthy for counselees to believe that counselors are without problems. I think that if a counselor is more honest about themselves and their vulnerability, then the counselee will not see him/herself as a "lost cause." Part of being "real" with others is for others to know that "things" happen in the counselor's life as well-they are not immune to Satan's attacks. However, the counselor's primary focus should be on the counselee's struggle. The counselor's struggles should not be shared on the same level as the counselee's. I think it would be too overwhelming for the counselee to be fully subjected to the counselor's struggle.

I found the questions on page 161 very helpful. The "think vision" questions go beyond problematic issues and raises therapeutic counseling to a higher level. The basic idea is to bathe everything in prayer and concentrate on "who that person could become (165)" by "releasing the energy of Christ." I thought the most useful part of the book was in the appendices. These were practical information for counselors. The role of the church is examined in the context of soul care because friendships and a sense of community can heal people with "soul struggles."

Dr. Crabb wrote, "We'll smile at our spouses with a new kind of appreciation and kindness, and they will soften and move toward us. We'll see people whom we know don't like us, and we'll sincerely wish them well without feeling self-righteous (185). He also noted, "Goodness is most fully released only when badness is first resisted (18)." He explained, "When a friend meets our meanness with kindness, something better often comes out of us (18)." This is not a new concept. He was merely stating an obvious response to kindness. In fact, this statement illustrated biblical principles: "Bless those who curse you (Luke 6)" and "Repay no one evil for evil...live peaceably with all men (Romans 12)."

Dr. Crabb has found a way to apply biblical principles to the everyday life of a believer. "Connecting" is a way to build a nurturing and supportive community. If all Christians were to incorporate the simple concept of "blessing those who curse you," then the "connecting" process will take place. If people did this, then soul healing will no longer be dependent on "mental health professional." This book was a good resource for motivating people to go beyond themselves in reaching out to others with Christ-like compassion.
 

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