Becoming a True Spiritual Community: A Profound Vision of What the Church Can Be

In today s frenetic society, people rarely develop intimate friendships Instead, they spend their lives essentially disconnected from others, rushing through life content with brief visits and casual conversations But what if one were to develop a community, a spiritual community, of people who walked with and supported each other through life s journey A community of rIn today s frenetic society, people rarely develop intimate friendships Instead, they spend their lives essentially disconnected from others, rushing through life content with brief visits and casual conversations But what if one were to develop a community, a spiritual community, of people who walked with and supported each other through life s journey A community of real friends who listened to each other s personal tragedies without merely trying to fix the problems, who encouraged and nurtured each other s strengths, and who accepted people for who they really are, instead of the image they try to portray In Becoming a True Spiritual Community formerly titled The Safest Place on Earth , Larry Crabb explores such a place, where God can heal disconnected people and allow them to reconnect with each other and, ultimately, with Him.
Becoming a True Spiritual Community A Profound Vision of What the Church Can Be In today s frenetic society people rarely develop intimate friendships Instead they spend their lives essentially disconnected from others rushing through life content with brief visits and casual

  • Title: Becoming a True Spiritual Community: A Profound Vision of What the Church Can Be
  • Author: Larry Crabb
  • ISBN: 9780849918841
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Becoming a True Spiritual Community: A Profound Vision of What the Church Can Be”

    1. Crabb paints an extremely attractive picture of what a spiritual community could be and what "church" should be. Not church the institution, but church, the gathering of people in fellowship with one another. This book gets to the heart issues which are critical for effective community, but is a bit weak when it comes to describing how to practically build such a community. This is the only book I have found which talks explicitly about how we as a community encourage others to be walking in the [...]

    2. I am working my way through a series of books by Larry Crabb. The most recent one I read was entitled The Pressure's Off, which was a really good book. Becoming a True Spiritual Community (1999) was the next on the list. I figured it would not be much different from other books I have read recently and that I would likely enjoy it. Having said that, I was profoundly moved by this book. The message contained in this book was exciting and fear provoking. Crabb discusses his vision for what he thin [...]

    3. I'm a fan of Larry Crabb's writing and theology. I don't know much about the ins and outs of psychology, but I think he is a good model for young Christians who feel called to a field that is very secularized. In this book, Crabb addresses the topic of spiritual community. In it, he gives a tantalizing description of what the church should and could be. He explains that by "turning our chairs to one another" we can experience what God has designed for us as a group of believers. His thesis is cl [...]

    4. May not catch onbut it would certainly be worth the effort. The thing is, it would require quite a bit of effort; and I haven't met a lot of people who would be willing to do the work to make this happen.The good news is that there are some people who are willing and that's enough to start. The truth is, that it's just too easy to keep doing things the way they've always been done. Perhaps that's not entirely true. Church is work no matter how you do it, so why not do it right? And what Dr. Crab [...]

    5. This is a book that not only articulates a common and profound spiritual longing, but begins to point us to how to find the fulfillment of our longings - through our own brokenness and vulnerability. Deeply powerful. Incredibly challenging. This is among the first half-dozen books I have just finished reading on my new Kindle. It may however set an all-time record for highlighted passages of any Kindle book! I highlighted 135 passages as there's just so much here I want and need to remember and [...]

    6. This book has some great stuff to say about spiritual community, but I found there was a lot of dreck to wade through. At one point I wrote in the margins, "Larry, you've lost me. I don't like your content or style or manner." The book is divided into three sections. Section One was good, I was excited. Section Two was meh, and Section Three was even more meh.

    7. Good book. Recommending it to my wife. This book has some key points in it and is foundational for caring for others both in the church and outside of it. However, some of the presuppositions could not be used if coming alongside an unbeliever (that is not Crabb's intention, however).

    8. Good book. Recommending it to my wife. This book has some key points in it and is foundational for caring for others both in the church and outside of it. However, some of the presuppositions could not be used if coming alongside an unbeliever (that is not Crabb's intention, however).

    9. The content of the book is good, although I didn't find it as easy to read as many of Crabb's books. If I hadn't done the Soul Care course, I would have found it rather confusing.

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