Item description for Shattered Dreams Workbook: God's Unexpected Pathway to Joy by Lawrence J. Crabb & Larry Crabb...
Overview This workbook is designed to help readers understand deeply the surprising truth that life's shattered dreams are God's lovingly appointed pathway to our joy, and our way of bringing him true glory. It's for all who long to better understand God's loving way of dealing with them in their disappointment, obstacles, and tragedies.
Publishers Description In his book Shattered Dreams, Larry writes: “A new way to live is available to us, a way that leads to a joy-filled encounter with Christ, to a life-arousing community with others, and to a powerful transformation of our interior worlds that makes us more like Jesus.”
Now this Bible-centered companion workbook can guide readers deeper and more intimately into the truths Larry shares, helping them move forward on this pathway to joy. In practical, realistic, and reflective ways, Shattered Dreams Workbook will show readers how to look through life's disappointments and troubles and see, as never before, just how lavishly God is blessing them–for His pleasure as well as their own.
This eight-session study–ideal for individuals or small groups–offers intensely personal study and liberating reflection based on the landmark book by one of today's most respected Christian communicators. It will equip readers to begin the life-changing adventure of encountering God in the midst of life's most difficult times...by living beyond their shattered dreams. 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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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.01" Width: 7.43" Height: 0.48" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Aug 21, 2001
Publisher WaterBrook Press
ISBN 1578565057 ISBN13 9781578565054
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More About Lawrence J. Crabb & Larry Crabb
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Shattered Dreams Workbook: God's Unexpected Pathway to Joy?
Fantastic! Oct 24, 2008
This is such a great book! I've already recommended it to so many people. Very matter of fact and realistic, and therefore full of hope - continually pointing to the promises and character of God. I am so thankful for this book!
A Breakthrough Book! Mar 25, 2008
Every once in awhile, we get a gift of a book from a talented author genuinely inspired by God. This is one of those books.
Larry Crabb in Shattered Dreams has the courage to tell us that God is not supremely interested in our being happy. This disturbs people, but it is 100% true. God wants us close to him, and to act like His son Jesus.
Larry Crabb uses powerful imagery to explain how God wants us to be holy and set apart to Him, and will let our lesser happiness shatter when he wants to grow us up in His Joy. Joy and happiness are not synonymous, and Crabb argues when we genuinely are more interested in pleasing God and spending time with him that getting our way, we will experience the Joy of God like never before.
This book is a must read for anyone who is serious about their faith and understanding the struggle between our own happiness and living out the will of God; once we "offer our bodies as living sacrifices" and "be not conformed to the pattern of this world", God will reveal His "good, pleasing and perfect will", and at that point, we experience the genuine Joy of God!
A hard read Jan 30, 2008
The reason is because the author takes sooooo long to get to the point.
I could have read the last two chapters and gotten everything he wanted to say without slogging through the rest of it.
The final message was pretty good, but I believe this book is full of too much irrelevant information to recommend that people read.
The pastor at a church I attend occasionally was reading this and quoted from the book during a sermon. He expressed how much he liked the book. The passage he quoted seemed to imply the book was about something other than what it was. That's why I bought it.
But disappointment came within four chapters and I continued to read it hoping against hope that it would pick up. Well, as I said, the final two chapters finally delivered the message -- a message I pretty much already knew anyway (I read a lot, contemplate a lot, pray a lot and meditate on the Word a lot).
Just read the story of Job and you'll get it. Shorter read? Read Ruth, the book the author uses to make his case (weakly). You'll get more out of that than this.
For all who hunger and thirst... Dec 22, 2007
It's interesting reading through the comments posted on this site books. Call me a pessimist, but I find I often pull up the low stars reviews first. I want to see what made angry or disappointed folks bother to post at all. Are they on a mission to save others from wasting their time? Are they trying to correct the author's theology? Or, are they merely wanting to contribute another perspective to a reading community?
I'm usually cautious when a review (positive or negative) becomes tainted with "reactionary vengeance". A good book is like good art. It is very individual. What bores one person to death will likely move another to life-changing tears.
I was loaned a copy of Shattered Dreams by a new friend. He was a Pastor for over 20 years. He did tons of counseling - free of charge - to drug addicts, religious burn-outs, poor and wealthy. For now, he needs a break from "professional Christianity". He is tired, fighting disillusionment, in a chasm of sorts.
So am I.
We are both wrestling an unseen foe in a fog. Struggling to keep the pilot light flickering on our faith, our passion for God, our "grasp" of the gospel as we have so zealously (and sincerely) tried to live it, share it, be transformed by it. Our sense of perspective and purpose seems to be slipping away. Like Naomi, we are inclined to snap, "Don't call me 'Naomi' (pleasant). Call me 'Mara' (miserable)."
I don't know that I blame God for the fog. At least, not in a final way. In fact, I have stumbled on to notions I never noticed before while in the thick of it. God's sovereignty. And, on its heels, God's faithfulness. And, attached inseparably to that, God's deep, mysterious goodness. A baffling, double-take kind of goodness.
I have always sensed (hoped?) that the fog (self-induced, life-induced and, perhaps, God-graciously-induced) was functional in its restrictiveness. Like a cast that heals a body by imprisoning it, I am beginning to hear in the fog an invitation. A whisper, really - but a clear one - to lean in or clench onto God in a way I haven't before. In a couldn't outside the fog. Like Jesus' analogy about the blind leading the blind, I have to admit I am certainly blind. Thus, I need a guide. Even the blind being led by a wise and loving Guide will feel uncertain at times, wobbly, untrusting, fearful, etc. I think this is one way of looking at Larry Crabb's message. God - through pain, suffering - brings us to a full embrace of our blindness and, equally, a complete surrender of our strivings (even the 'noble' ones).
This is not an insult to us as humans. This is not a "Woe is me! I'm a worthless worm" experience. This is a "I am made to find my sustenance in God". Like Jesus, we learn this type of obedience through "suffering". Through fog. This is not morbid, or dark, or emo. This suffering is not devoid of joy or, even, seasons of giddiness. Indeed, my deepest 'highs' have come in this condition.
Jesus put it plainly: God did not come for the healthy. God is the great Healer but He only heals the sick. God is the Great Provider but He only feeds the hungry. God is the Living Water, but He only quenches the thirsty. I think "Shattered Dreams" does an excellent job of illuminating this powerful and core reality in God.
One review said, in effect: "This type of God is like telling a child to return to an abusive father. I want nothing to do with this type of God". I didn't get that message at all. The big, fat difference in this comparison is the fathers. One destroys. One creates. One is imperfect. One is perfect. One is full of unmet needs and wrath. One needs nothing. One is perfect Love. And Love never fails.
I haven't finished the book so I may come to appreciate some of their comments better later. Still, I have already gotten so many nuggets of gold in the first 5 chapters to justify a lasting gratitude for Larry Crabb's insights. I will most certainly buy my own copy - to read again and again through the years. So many of the negatives seem to focus on Larry not giving us "application tools" for navigating these times. I think he does. The tool is to let God be God. Stay on the bike. I think Mr. Crabb feels that any clever acronym or "1,2,3 steps" would be artificial, manipulative and disruptive. On top of that, God would, if allowed, simply unmask these, too. And that's something awesome and glorious. To realize that the God of all creation invites us to simply walk with Him as He determines the path. And trust - because of who God is - that it will be all it should be, which, incredibly, is more than you or I can imagine or dream of.
If you want God (or, even, can only say you 'want to want' God), I think you'll benefit from reading this book. But read it slowly. Ingest even the shortest sentences. I have already been encouraged and taught so much. I have been ministered to and provoked to lean into God's sovereignty in the midst of the fog and, therein, taste joy. Thank you, Larry Crabb.
Insightful and moving Oct 25, 2007
Insightful and moving, revealing an unexpected point of view. This will certainly provide you with a different perspective to consider. Well worth the read.