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The Pressure's Off: There's a New Way to Live

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There are two basic approaches to life–two pathways. One creates pressure, the other provides freedom.

In the Old Way of life, as best-selling author, psychologist, and spiritual director Larry Crabb describes it, “you have decided that what you most want out of life is within your reach, and you are doing whatever you believe it takes to get it.” But in the New Way of life
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 16th 2004 by WaterBrook Press (first published June 20th 2002)
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Feb 26, 2008 Becky rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Becky by: Dad
Shelves: spiritual
I read this in the depths of depression and it was a lifesaver tossed out to me. Please read if you are worn out, exhuasted, miserable and angry with God. We weren't meant to live the abundant life with any sense of self-control. Control is illusion and grace is our lifeline.
Todd Stockslager
Jun 09, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
Too much psychologizing or mystifying of the great and mysterious yet rational and explainable relationship between man and God. Its not a NEW way, its God's old way.

On p. 42, Crabb says we need "one-on-one or small-group conversations where our lives are laid open in the presence of a person gifted to discern the workings of our inner life". Hunh? We need less talking to human beings and more talking to the one High Priest, Jesus Christ Himself. We need no human confessor. I totally disagree wi
Sep 26, 2014 Abigail rated it really liked it
A refreshing read. Being someone who has been trying to make life work by my own efforts, I'm often left puzzled as to why I was never fulfilled and satisfied (or why God never fulfilled or satisfied me) in spite of my best efforts. Larry Crabb conjectures that when we try and make life work on our own, there is something deeper underlying that: our desire for our own happiness (i.e., "a better life") trumps our desire for the Almighty God. He goes on to explain that many of us, including Christ ...more
Apr 03, 2014 EmilyDressner rated it really liked it
The main point of this book is to challenge Christians to exchange "the better life of blessings" for Knowing Christ deeply and to eradicate the idea that in our walks with Christ, A+B=C (i.e. we are not promised that raising children according to God's principles will always produce children who grow up to love and serve him, but we ARE promised that in all things God is inviting us to know in him more intimately even if our children are wayward, our marriage is struggling, or our ministry fail ...more
Aug 16, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
I found myself thinking there was nothing really new in this book. But when I thought about it, I realized that is exactly right. It is not new; it is the gospel retold for today, especially for those of us who struggle with legalism and forget that the gospel really is good news. Larry Crabb directly attacks the "prosperity gospel" and points us back to the true gospel, which is that we can know God. His presentation of the gospel reveals the particular ways we in American society get sidelined ...more
Montana Madden
Jan 09, 2012 Montana Madden rated it really liked it
" The Pressure's Off " was a book my dad made me read. At first i was kind of upset like dad why are you making me read this weird book about pressure in my life. I dont even think i have pressure in my life right now and yet i still think that this book helped me. I think it was just God's word mostly.
If you are one that is struggling and trying to make certain things work in life this is a great book to read. I would never see myself reading this book. I am one that likes romance and mysteri
Harold Cameron
Oct 22, 2012 Harold Cameron rated it it was amazing
"Breaking Free from Rules and Performance"

“Relax!” “Take a load off and set down and relax a while.” Those words offer much needed comfort to us as believers because we live in a sinful high stress-filled, rules-related, and performance oriented world. And unfortunately far too many Christians fall prey to following a certain set of religious rules and performing in a certain manner so that they can achieve favor with God and get and keep things right in their lives. Dr. Crabb’s encouraging mes
Sara Diane
May 10, 2012 Sara Diane rated it it was ok
Recommended to Sara Diane by: Judy Kanagy
A co-worker lent me this one, and because I wanted to know more about what she found challenging, I read it. I would have quit after the first chapter had it not been for that fact. Crabb's idea isn't new, and he spends over 120 pages harping on a single (and easy to grasp, in my opinion) idea. Then, just when I thought he might have some true insight, he pops out yet another formula on how to get close to God. How very disappointing!

I can see how this book might resonate with the "Martha" type
Joseph D Gadbaugh
Dec 11, 2015 Joseph D Gadbaugh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-changing
Crabb changes how we view Christianity. We no longer need to live under the pressure of the law. The law that we succom to is not necessarily the Jewish law, but by some form of idolatry that states that in order to get to Gods approval and love.
I recommend this book for all who are living or working in the area of restoration. You probably need it applied as well.
Kathryn Jones
Mar 22, 2010 Kathryn Jones rated it really liked it
Great book! I was surprised at how easy Larry Crabb was to read. I struggled getting through Inside Out. It just was way over my head. I wonder if I went back and read it again if I would have the same experience. Have I changed, or has the author?

I enjoyed this book immensely. I'm going to have to buy it at some point because I hated not being able to underline and highlight. So many little gold nuggets in this book. I can't believe how much the prosperity gospel had seeped into the little cra
Sandy Clark
Feb 02, 2016 Sandy Clark rated it it was amazing
My late best friend Linda Clark recommended this book to everyone she could.
Nov 22, 2014 Robin rated it it was amazing
thought provoking. the new way I want to live. transformational.
Mary Ann
At first this book seemed a bit too simplistic to me. But as I have read further, I am enjoying it. Living life, experiencing deep pain, disappointment & loss have already taught me that doing A in order to be blessed with B is not the point of the christian life. This type of linear thinking is the "old way" of the Pharisee's. Knowing the God of the Universe and drawing closer to Him is the point. Living a happy, successful ,comfortable life would be nice but the gospel in not about that. I ...more
Kinky Transitions,
Mar 09, 2012 Kinky Transitions, rated it really liked it
This book is very piercing and honest. I love the author's vulnerability. I'm drawn in at each read as due to the author's non-pretentious, Christianese. Although, at times, I lose him but he pulls it together to provide me hope. You definitely need to be patient as you read and re-read some concepts because the book can sound and feel like a subtle promotion of asceticism. But when you consider the indisputable unpredictability of life--this book is dealing with reality and not the man-centered ...more
Oct 06, 2011 Jayne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: old-favorites
Amazing, extraordinary and soul-changing! If I could give it six stars, I would. A must read for any Christian. Re-centers the energy and prioritizes relationship with God, spiritual honesty and growth via the Holy Spirit and deep community with others. Yes, the pressure is definitely off as we move away from a work-centered, religious-minded, blessing-demanding life and move into the joy filled, Spirit-led life! I loved the Papa prayer. Just reading it brought me into a closer union with Him :)
Nov 19, 2007 Sarah rated it liked it
this is an interesting book...not a new idea really but a thoughtful book that helped me to see the specific ways that i seek/worship the blessings of this life (health, conflict resolution, stuff, beauty...) rather than knowing/enjoying God. it opened my eyes up to how i pray too...usually like i am rubbing a genie lamp rather than reveling in the glory of my GOD--who created me and loves me like no other... the book is worth reading if you can stick with it.
Cora Lewis
Aug 26, 2013 Cora Lewis rated it it was ok
Shelves: never-finished
I just couldn't finish this book. I was over half way in and Larry Crabb hadn't said anything new after the first chapter. I was hoping he would eventually get to what this new way of living he kept talking about really looked like, but I gave up hope on page 120. The book was just making me frustrated, so I decided it was time to move on.
Michael McCloskey
May 26, 2009 Michael McCloskey rated it it was amazing
Larry's insight into our hearts and his ability to consider how the New Covenant can transform our lives is stunning and joyful. So many people are worn out from trying to live their lives so that things work out well. Move from the pressure to "get it right" to the freedom to love in light of God's overwhelming knowledge and passion.
Jun 18, 2008 Rachel rated it it was amazing
An excellent book reminding us that God has a plan for us. His "Immanuel Plan" is to get us to know Him better - regardless of what is going wrong (or right!) in our lives.
All of Dr. Crabb's books take some emotional energy to read, but this as all the others I've read in the past is most definitely worth the struggle!
Karla Owen foisy
Jan 09, 2015 Karla Owen foisy rated it it was ok
This was a struggle to finish. He could have said most of what he wanted to say in one chapter; mainly this: We do not follow God to see what He can give us, and we do not get upset when what He gives is not what we want. We follow God because we love Him and want to be like Christ.
Jul 24, 2008 housedintherock rated it really liked it
Really good! Especially the last two chapters. For everyone who is living a performance based life rather than one of grace, or as Crabb puts it, pursuing "the Better Life of Blessings from God" instead of "the Better Hope of Nearness to God" (p. 37). A must-read for me!
Oct 23, 2013 Tim rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
This book was exactly what I needed to hear. That said the writing is not that good. All three of the stars are for the main points, which got thorough in spite of the writing. A seriously great reminder of where true joy can come from on this screwed up world.
R.P. Bosman
Larry Crabb writes an intresting book but he needs a lot of words to discribe it. Still he make's some good points in his book. Not one of his best but a challenge to read.
There are a lot of powerful sentences and ideas in this book. It took me a long time to get through to though and seemed like it could have been a little more condensed
Jun 27, 2010 Cindy rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read. Really spoke to me in so many ways and on so many levels. If you want to know about a new and better way to live, read this...
Mar 26, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it
Larry Crabb is an awful writer. But his ideas are really helpful. Persevere through the poor writing in order to get to the actually good content!
Jan 01, 2013 Keith rated it it was ok
I felt like the author stated two points in a million different ways. Sort of like my college essays, wordy and lacking content.
Jul 30, 2008 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Awesome Book! This book changed how I approach church. Really helps you live in the New Hope of Jesus Christ!
Mar 06, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
Hard read...thought provoking...worth it. It will mess with you in a good way!
Teresa Weesner
Oct 17, 2007 Teresa Weesner rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Absolutely!
Great book and terrific Author, learning to relax in life and let it go:-)
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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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