Welcome to the How People Grow Workbook 7 PART ONE Paradise Lost 1. Harder Than I Thought 11 2. Seeing the Big Picture 17 3. How the Big Picture Affects the Small 32 PART TWO The Master Gardener: The God of Growth 4. The God of Grace 43 5. Jesus: Our Example for Living 51 6. The Holy Spirit 64 PART THREE Finding the Best Climate 7. God's Plan A: People 79 8. Open Spaces: The Power of Acceptance 95 9. The Warmth of the Sun: Forgiveness 105 PART FOUR The Path of Growth 10. The Gardener's Handbook: The Bible 121 11. No Pain, No Gain: The Role of Suffering and Grief 131 12. Growing Tasty Fruit: Becoming a Righteous Person 147 13. The Value of Pruning: Discipline 154 14. Water from a Deeper Well: Spiritual Poverty 167 15. Following the Gardener: Obedience 178 16. Pulling the Weeds: The Problem of Sin and Temptation 191 17. Facing Reality: How Truth Deepens Growth 206 18. Putting on the Gloves: The Importance of Activity 222 19. Waiting for the Harvest: Time 232
Dr. Henry Cloud is a popular speaker, and cohost, with Dr. John Townsend, of the nationally broadcast New Life Live! Radio program, and cofounder of Cloud-Townsend Clinic and Cloud-Townsend Resources. His bestselling books include the Gold Medallion Award-winning Boundaries books and Making Small Groups Work. Dr. Cloud and his wife and two daughters live in Southern California. El Dr. Henry Cloud es un conferenciante de gran popularidad. Con el Dr. John Townsend es anfitrion del programa de radio New Life Live!, ademas de ambos ser fundadores de la Clinica Cloud-Townsend y de la organizacion Cloud-Townsend Resources. Es el autor de varios libros premiados con el reconocimiento Gold Medallion, entre ellos A"LimitesA" y A"El poder transformador de los grupos pequenosA". El Dr. Cloud, su esposa y sus dos hijas radican en el Sur de California. Dr. John Townsend, clinical psychologist, entertaining speaker, and co-founder of Cloud-Townsend Resources, has authored or co-authored nineteen books, including the best selling Gold Medallion book 'Boundaries,' and Boundaries in Marriage. Dr. Townsend is a regular co-host on New Life Live Radio, and together with Dr. Henry Cloud he developed the Ultimate Leadership Program, a highly effective week-long workshop designed to accelerate the personal and professional growth of businesspeople, pastors, ministry, and small-group leaders. He also partners with Church Communications Network, which broadcasts his leadership and relationship talks and seminars to churches via satellite across North America. Dr. Townsend lives in Southern California. Dr. John Townsend es un popular conferencista y un conocidisimo autor bestter. Es graduado de psicologia clinica de Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology de Biola University. Ademas es coautor de numerosos libros incluyendo el ganador de la Medalla de Oro Limites. El es coanfitrion del programa radial emitido a nivel nacional !New Life Live!
Cloud and Townsend, clinical psychologists who are the Gold Medallion Award-winning authors of Boundaries, attempt in this book to chart personal growth from a biblical perspective. Rather than suggesting that real growth happens only to Christians, they argue that most effective therapeutic methods, even those that are ostensibly secular, use biblical concepts. As such, they look to Scripture for the very best strategies for spiritual and emotional growth. While they are critical of a one-size-fits-all approach to human suffering, they do prescribe a combination of prayer, Bible study and regular contact with a growth groupvirtually every problem they address. The growth groups they describe are populated by healthy, vulnerable people who are willing to confront each other lovingly and own up to mistakes and failures. Cloud and Townsend argue persuasively that such groups facilitate dramatic changes in individuals' lives, but leave the logistical problem of finding such evolved folks to the reader. Perhaps the most radical message of the book is that failure is the norm, even for the most devout. Not only do the authors repeatedly give examples of the best Christians committing the worst sins, but they also insist that such wrongdoing never warrants condemnation from God or other believers. Instead, they argue, sinners must experience total acceptance and love before true repentance and change can occur. This solid, Bible-based argument against guilt and for grace is a powerful elixir for evangelicals who all too often hear the opposite message. Publisher's Weekly