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The Safest Place on Earth: Where People Connect and Are Forever Changed

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  186 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
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 r ...more
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Published September 1st 1999 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Apr 11, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Recovering Pharisees, Gentiles, Shepherds, Zealots, etc.
Larry Crabb's books bring out the squirm in me -- and that's good! The book is written for the church. It's a shouting call for authentic spiritual Christ community. There is little affirmation for the church that plays to consumers or seekers felt-needs. He defies milk-toast communities where the goal is to relieve people's pain superficially by tickling ears with what feels good (2 Timothy 2.3,4) or offering some kind of buffet in which people can 'decide' what they want. But, in typical Crabb ...more
Michael Culbertson
Larry Crabb's Safest Place On Earth (recently republished under the title Becoming a True Spiritual Community ) extends the basic ideas he presented in his earlier work Connecting . Safest Place can be read independently of Connecting, and, in my view, is organized more clearly. As Eugene Peterson mentions in the forward, Crabb "invites us into an extended, leisurely conversation on the emphatically personal and inter-personal nature of all human life, sharply focused in the trinitarian revela ...more
Mar 10, 2015 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-me
I don't agree with everything he says, but I do with 90% of it emphatically agree! I read this at the time I was just really working through the role of the Spirit in the lives of Christians, and how we develop spiritual community, how we share what the Spirit is doing in us when the church often doesn't really do well in providing a safe place for that. So it felt like he was writing the book to me and I often wanted to shout, "Yes! This is it!" Unfortunately it felt like the GREAT stuff that t ...more
Linda Carmel
Nov 07, 2013 Linda Carmel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith
I was asked by my church to write up a authors profile on Larry Crabb. As I researched online and read about him, it was like visiting an old friend. I sure enjoyed his books at one point in my life. So much that I havent parted with them and I am not even a book collector. Once I am done with a book I pass it on. I've decided to reread the books of his that I've kept - this is one of the ones I'll be rereading.
Oct 26, 2009 Kev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a place where many in society have overdosed on chemical responses to stress and trauma. There are viable options available in many local communities. Many of these options are found in the local church, temple, synagogue or mosque. Larry reminds us of where we can find or build these resources That way the professional healers can focus on clinical dimensions and where local lay healing can be provided through true fellowship.
Shaun Carraway
Jun 17, 2013 Shaun Carraway rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly the ideal of not only what church should be, but the interaction of anyone claiming to be a Christian with anyone. Things will never be this way on our own efforts: we seek perfection and hide all blemishes.
Aug 11, 2012 Tamara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This such an eye-opening book. I find the depth of thought about the importance of true acceptance of friends, community & self is enlightening. I am only on Chapter 4 and have learned SO many good life skills to use in my future! :)
Nov 06, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like the premise of turning our chairs to face one another and that spiritual community cannot be forced or managed, it must come through the Holy Spirit. Some of the mystical stuff got a little fluffy for me, but otherwise it was a good read. Took a little long to read though.
Jan 31, 2013 Mark-robyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great call to individual believers and the church to live at God's intended level of intimacy with one another and living out the reality that God has made us into new creations. Who we are at our core is holy.
While there were some points that prompted good reading and discussion (the differing rooms)I am not a big fan of Crabb's writing style or his philosophy of counseling. However, when I read Crabb I do gain insight from someone in the field that gives me a larger perspective.
Stephen Carpenter
A challenging book on what the church should be. I say challenging because we are called to be a spiritual community and what it takes to accomplish that can be quite frightening. A great book but definitely can't just skim through.
Geoffrey Kerns
So, so.
Apr 20, 2007 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beyond the evangelical zeal is an image of how people can relate to one another in a way that nurtures and affirms life. If only...
Mar 28, 2007 leah is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian community seekers
good so far!
May 16, 2007 Don rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Main Topic: Spiritual Community...TRUE Spiritual Community. Must read for any small group.
Greg Davenport
Aug 28, 2013 Greg Davenport rated it really liked it
Great book on what kind of place the church is supposed to be!
Amy Longenecker
Recommended by Tina Busick, who is teaching a class on this in July 2007. Follow up with her to see how it goes!
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Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, conference and seminar speaker, Bible teacher, popular author, and founder/director of NewWay Ministries. In addition to various other speaking and teaching opportunities, Dr. Crabb offers a weekend conference throughout the country entitled Life on the Narrow Road and a week-long School of Spiritual Direction held in Colorado Springs, CO. He currently ...more
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“I assume the Spirit is always whispering, "Abba", to God's children, assuring them that they are safe in His care. And he is continually calling them to become what God saved them to be, solid people, indestructibly alive, hurting perhaps, but consumed with pleasing the Father.” 9 likes
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