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The Safest Place on Earth: Where People Connect and Are Forever Changed
by Larry Crabb
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
ebook, 240 pages
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
May 22, 2010 Michael Culbertson rated it really liked it · review of another edition
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
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
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.
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.
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! :)
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.
Feb 01, 2013 Erin rated it liked it · review of another edition
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.
Jul 31, 2015 Stephen Carpenter rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
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.
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 ...moreMore about Larry Crabb...
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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.”More quotes…