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Title:
Water from stone : when "right Christian living" has left you spiritually dry
Author:
Brown, M. Wayne.
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Publication Information:
Colorado Springs, Colo. : NavPress, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
201 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
The imaginative spirit -- Imagining a truer way -- Imagining a refreshing God -- Imagining the present -- The eyes of faith -- Seeing certainty -- Seeing mystery -- Seeing fragmentation -- Seeing wholeness -- The transformed life -- How self is transformed -- How relationships are transformed -- How service is transformed.
ISBN:
9781576834718
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

We want to be good Christians. So we work at it. Practice it. We excel at the business of "Right Christian Living." Industrious and busy, we try to make all of life, including our spiritual life, safe and predictable. And when that doesn't work, we become disillusioned and wonder what happened to our energetic plan. Obsessed with our efforts to control, we're starving and parching our faith. Wayne Brown shows us how God uses our commitments, sorrows, and joys -- the normalness of life -- to be rivers of his provision. Enjoy your relationship with God again. Leave your old ways behind and practice a profound delight in the Person and way of your first love. Book jacket.


Author Notes

M. Wayne Brown is a therapist, speaker, and author. He has advanced degrees in both counseling (LMFT) and theology (M. Div. from Fuller Seminary). His first book, Living the Renewed Life, won the 2000 Colorado Book Award. A member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the American Counseling Association, Wayne specializes in counseling those in the highprofile worlds of the media and professional athletics. His wife, Beth, is a federal bankruptcy judge. The Browns live in Denver with their five-year-old daughter, Paige


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Publisher's Weekly Review

As a counselor for 20 years, Brown (Living the Renewed Life) has worked with many Christians who try to do everything right, then despair when their lives don't play out as they hoped. Many of them have relied on religious industriousness to bring them spiritual satisfaction, only to find frustration. But just as the Israelites drank water from a rock in the wilderness, Brown says, those who feel they have failed can find God in the most unexpected of places: "I believe that, with a subtle but transforming shift in perspective, the apparently mundane tasks and commitments in your life-yes, even your hardships and heartaches-are stones from which the deepest healing and nourishment of the Savior can flow." Such an outlook requires imagination and relinquishing control, because God is more interested in refining believers amid life's troubles than in granting them relief from their pain. In urging Christians to abandon themselves to God, Brown at times obscures his points with vague language, and the book might have benefited from fewer first-person illustrations. This guide is intended for the Christian Living section of bookstores, but it avoids a chief error of that genre: It offers its principles without promising that they will be easy to practice. Those who desire intimacy with God may find refreshment here. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Invitation to a Journeyp. 13
Part 1 The Imaginative Spirit
1. Imagining a Truer Wayp. 25
2. Imagining a Refreshing Godp. 45
3. Imagining the Presentp. 61
Part 2 The Eyes of Faith
4. Seeing Certaintyp. 77
5. Seeing Mysteryp. 93
6. Seeing Fragmentationp. 109
7. Seeing Wholenessp. 123
Part 3 The Transformed Life
8. How Self Is Transformedp. 143
9. How Relationships Are Transformedp. 161
10. How Service Is Transformedp. 177
Discussion Sessionsp. 193
Notesp. 197
Authorp. 201