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Experience real change Now for the first time Inside Out and its companion study guide are conveniently packaged together giving you two excellent resources at a great value Inside Out Spiritual growth involves change becoming like Christ and less like our old selves That's what Inside Out is all about If you want a vital union with God a richer relationship with others and a deeper sense of personal wholeness let Dr Larry Crabb help you look inside yourself You'll discover how God works real liberating change when you live from the inside out Inside Out Study Guide Designed for individual or small group use this study guide will challenge and motivate you to apply the principles in Inside Out to your life giving real change an opportunity to grow

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    This book has been sitting on my shelf far too long Friends I respect consider it one of their top reads While I don't know the whole story of the parting Dr Crabb and Dr Dan Allender were once close associates with as I understand it Crabb wanting to teach lay members of the church and Dr Allender professional counselors I see similarities in their philosophies regardless of their different training focusesthat our stories do not go away when pushed under a rug and ignored That all of who we are is meant to be brought before God in the context of safety in order for the deep healing we need to connect again to self God and others My personal work through Dr Allender and Mars Hill Graduate School's now Seattle School of Theology and Psychology conferences have been some of my most trans formative work to date Reading this book as well provided perspective on change that is not simply band aided through cliched Christian sayings often over used Bible versesor one time fix all prayers Change also does not come from right theology or just trying harder It comes according to Crabb through honest internal assessments acknowledging the grief it brings a turning away from our methods of self protection that result from this grief we've tried to keep at bay and a turning toward God to take care of the ache some of us if we're honest may never shake completely in this lifeSome favorite quotesThe hard to handle issues in our soul that keep us from relating to others deeply and constructively are ignored in the church and easier to handle matters such as social courtesies and appropriate language become widely accepted barometers of spiritual health35When available comfort that we can come up with on our own like food is exceeded by inescapable suffering then bitterness depression and a commitment to escape develop62A core sadness that will not go away is evidence not of spiritual immaturity but of honest living in a sad world 74We tend to relate to one another with the hidden purpose of maintaining our comfort and avoiding whatever sort of interaction we find threatening 122When things do not go well especially for an extended time when our heart is filled with pain than joy the temptation to let our desire for relief become a demand is strongest 138It is only when we face the horror of desperately longing for what no one has or ever will provide that we give up our demands to others to satisfy our thirst and we turn in humble broken dependence on God 176The deeply we sense our thirst the passionately we'll pursue water 202Reading this book over vacation transformed me in one key area at least As he wrote of the kind of pain we can't ignore that shakes us that even yesterday made my voice break during a phone conversation I was comforted again that God sees That even though its been two years since the inciting incident I am not spiritually immature because I still acheBut than that I was reminded that no onenot the perpetrator of the pain nor my husband friends or the church can REALLY take care of the ache While I still believe in the power of transforming relationships that they are often God's way of us healing connecting and knowing Jesus with skin on in this life I saw the pressure I was putting on my relationships to provide it So while Dr Crabb affirmed my ache and insistence it will not be eased by well intentioned advice or better Christian living I also do not have to expect others to take care of it Remembering some things aren't fixable releases the pressure of making things happen and allows me to relax in the midst of staying committed to connecting with others and living transparentlyThis doesn't mean I'm giving up on others who would commit with me to live a honest human life Change from the inside out is rare Very few people are willing to deeply embrace their disappointment And even fewer when they've faced their disappointment are willing to firmly say 'My pain is not the problem The problem is my determination to relieve my pain any way I can 184Join me?