"WE HAVE MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE! For most of this century we have wrongly defined soul wounds as psychological disorders and delegated their treatment to trained specialists. Damaged psyches aren't the problem. The problem is disconnected souls. What we need is connection! What we need is a healing community!"
In his most significant book since the immensely successful Inside Out, Dr. Larry Crabb expands on his lifelong work in the field of psychotherapy to adopt a groundbreaking, but biblical, 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.
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Introduction to the book: CONNECTING: Healing for Ourselves and Our Relationships
For decades now, we Christians have been abdicating our role as healers of soul-disease. We have delegated that responsibility to professional psychotherapists, psychologists, and counselors-mostly non-Christians-because "we might say the wrong thing." And yet, helping our fellow travelers over the rough spots on the way is one of our God-ordained tasks and joys.
There is a power within the life of every Christian waiting to be released - a power that can lead to further and deeper change, a power that can help someone else join more intimately to the heart of Christ, the power to heal soul wounds. That power is released by connecting with the hearts and souls of other people and allowing God's grace to flow freely thorough us to them.
Why are we afraid of connecting with others? And what has prevented us from achieving the thrill of intimacy with friends and family that God wants us to have? How do we accomplish the fusion of souls that heals us from soul-disease and sets us free to be ourselves-to know others as we really want to be known?
We haven't yet dreamed big enough dreams of what we could mean to one another. We haven't claimed the treasure God has buried in our lives. But it's time we did. It's time for Connecting.
WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT THIS BOOK:
"This book is the culmination of Larry Crabb's life work. It took great courage for him to write it--will the church have the courage to follow?"
"Connecting ought to be required reading for every leader of the church, every Christian counselor, and every believer."
"A landmark book!"
"Connecting is a must-read book for the nineties. Larry Crabb packs real power as he describes a needed shift from 'doing Christianity' to authentic community."
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