By Dan Ballinger,Lee S. Gus
The writer makes an attempt to mix the actual openness and self-revealing vulnerability of the AA group with the stupendous gospel claims of God's own and worldwide present of everlasting lifestyles with him. this mix of robust, sensible deliverance from addition, and the promise of God's unconditional grace-love, echoes in either one of those modern ancient phenomena--the historic personality of the Gospel's profitable becoming a member of of God with us in our ache international. From step one to the final, the AA application and the Christian Gospel have produced bona fide proof that any one who seeks God and his correct personality will locate it, and with it a brand new brain, a brand new God, and a brand new lasting lifestyles desire, that's, an everlasting "spiritual awakening."
"A Heavenly Echo is artistic, insightful, and interesting. Written through a professional pastoral counselor with a present for theological mirrored image, the writer perspectives twelve-step courses in the course of the lenses of Christianity, noting how they trap the essence of what it capability to give up to God. all through, he stocks intimate information of his personal trip, and the way operating the twelve steps proved crucial to his personal-spiritual improvement. it is a strong ebook. worth reading."
--Clinton W. McLemore, writer; medical Psychologist; Former Professor on the Graduate university of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary
"Ballinger writes with ardour and compassion. He writes as person who has been there, either as a pastoral caregiver and as a fellow struggler, and makes prepared observations and provocative insights on dependancy, human nature, and 'our times.' He reminds us of the Christian roots of the twelve-step software, and via drawing on those roots, he clarifies and enriches the that means of every step. His research could be in particular useful for evangelical Christians who desire therapy, yet were wary approximately looking aid from a twelve-step program."
--Scott Sullender, writer; Professor of Pastoral Counseling (retired), San Francisco Theological Seminary
Dan Ballinger is a retired Christian Church (Independent) pastor and at present volunteers as a counselor to missionaries at Frontier Ventures (formerly the U.S. heart for international challenge, Dr. Ralph wintry weather, founder). He has been an occasional speaker at Frontier enterprise employees conferences during the last decade. Dan has a BA from desire overseas college, a MA from jap New Mexico college, and is a Fellow/retired with the yankee organization of Pastoral Counselors. Dan and his spouse of fifty-nine years, Norma, dwell in Seal seashore, California, the place he serves as an affiliate Pastor for the meeting of God.
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