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Inside Out

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  1,394 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
If you want a more vital union with God, a richer relationship with others, and a deeper sense of personal wholeness, learn how to look inside yourself and discover how God works real, liberating change when you live from the inside out. Includes a 12-week study guide.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by NavPress (first published 1973)
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Jenny Wells
Apr 22, 2011 Jenny Wells rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has been sitting on my shelf far too long. Friends I respect consider it one of their top reads. While I don't know the whole story of the parting, Dr. Crabb and Dr. Dan Allender were once close associates, with as I understand it, Crabb wanting to teach lay members of the church and Dr. Allender professional counselors. I see similarities in their philosophies regardless of their different training focuses...that our stories do not go away when pushed under a rug and ignored. That all ...more
Isaac Lewis
Jul 18, 2012 Isaac Lewis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps one of the best books I've ever read. At first (upon the initial reading), I had to put the book down because I did not mesh with its content. At least that's what I thought! A year later I was floored by the substance in the book; the breath and depth of what inside change looks like from the perspective that emphasizes depravity and our natural longing to make life work.. I think crab has a perfect framework based on what on Jeremiah's "broken cisterns". It is a challenge to read this ...more
Sep 10, 2012 Cecelia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was very difficult for me to read; I often felt intensely threatened and unnerved by its message. I also felt a deep appreciation for an author who could articulate questions and predicaments I have encountered, but which seem too intense to be acknowledged in other social forums or by other people in positions of authority. Good behavior, kindness, self-discipline, and personal responsibility seem virtuous and desirable, but Crabb deftly demonstrates how misleading and injurious they ...more
Pia Jingco
Feb 22, 2013 Pia Jingco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has to be one of the most difficult, discomforting books I've ever read; I'm still wrestling (and suspect I will continue to wrestle for a long time) with a good number of insights and principles that it outlines. Christians who are comfortable where they are would not be pleased with this work, which forces one to challenge him/herself and confront some very hard questions that can shake up his/her life.
Sep 03, 2012 Shaun rated it it was amazing
Actually started reading it on August 1st while in San Diego with my children. Awesome book! Well worth the time and reading this book is time well spent! Suggest reading it thru rather quickly at first and then going back and rereading it ever so slowly, taking a week per chapter to really get it to sink in and stick!
Jan 03, 2013 Tony rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You can't win with this book. Even if your being honest you're not honest enough. If you admit you're broken you're not broken enough. If you're happy you're lying. It is not a feel good read with no practical application. Larry spends too much time talking about himself and his most extreme example patients. No references about real people in the middle. Blah.
Amanda Strnad
Though Inside Out contains great wisdom and insight into the depth of authenticity lacking in the lives of most Believers, I struggle with some of Crabb's theology. He claims that spiritual depth will intensify the pains of life because of the true realization of the fallen world in which we live. He states that "Until then [Heaven], a disturbing sense of incompleteness will continue to blemish the most responsible and most blessed life. We can deny it, we can cover it over with busyness and ple ...more
Jim B
Dr. Crabb teaches Biblical Counseling at Grace Theological Seminary in Indiana. This book combines the Biblical teachings of sin and grace with an understanding of human nature from a psychological point of view. He moves deeper than the "victim" approach that dominates current thinking to get to the deeper problem of sin in the heart. Crabb contends that real change is possible, but the change will not be the kind most people hope for, which is to change in such a way that we no longer have pro ...more
Jamie Park
Mar 31, 2007 Jamie Park rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
A phenomenal book on what it might look like to be more alive to Christ than to whatever current struggle you might be going through. Larry Crabb is a Christian psychologist who has studied carefully what Scripture has said about certain topics, and is someone who tailors and fashions his treatment of and insights into his patients' lives according to the life and words of Jesus. He is a psychologist who first follows Christ, is completely in touch with his own need for Jesus and his depravity t ...more
Mar 16, 2010 Kirstin rated it really liked it
This book caught my eye at the library recently. I want to mark it up, so I've ordered my own copy. The last paragraph or so of the book really sums it up - - - -"Confusion breeds faith; disappointment drives us to hope. conviction leads to love. The path to maturity requires a commitment to replace false certainty, pretended satisfaction, and smug spirituality with disturbing levels of confusion, disappointment, and conviction, which in turn create the opportunity to develop faith, hope,and lov ...more
Sameh Maher
كتاب رائع جدا كعادة د .لارى كراب
تجد فيه التبصر والنظرة العميقة جدا لداخل الانسان
الكتاب ممتع جدا فى عرضه وامثاله وتطبيقاته
يتكلم عن مشكلتان فى كل انسان تقريبا
الحماية الذاتية وكثرة المطالب التان تمنعان الانسان عن المحبة لله والاخرين من القلب ومن عمق القلب
التواصل الذى نفعله هو انعكاس لمحاولاتنا الدائمة لحماية انفسنا من الالم
ولكن عندما نقبل الالم وخصوصا عدم كمال الانسان وحياته فى عالم ساقط غير كامل فاننا نجد وجه المسيح ونشعر باشتياق حقيقى للقاء المسيح على السحاب
لن تجد الله دون ان تتألم فقط استمع ل
Bob Flores
It's not often I read a book that reads my mail AND confirms the cry of my heart. This one did. Dr. Crabb has put into words what I have been feeling for a long time. The understanding of how we relationally keep ourselves safe is probably the biggest hinderance to inner healing, our relationships and the finishing work of the cross in our lives. I have been through a lot of healing, but there are still places in my heart that are untouched. Places that people, just like me, never talk about but ...more
Aug 30, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book says the same thing about 3 million ways but it literally gets to the heart of the matter. Embrace the pain. Acknowledge you suffer. Strive for Christ's fulfillment. You can't get it by praying, bible studying, being good, or anything else but by feeling the pain and allowing Christ to be what you seek. It was a tough read for me. A bit lofty, hard to grasp the concept totally but makes some sense anyway. We long to be made perfect. Very long read to really make one point. Diagrams are ...more
This is one of the first (maybe the very first) Christian-based book I read. It ticked-me-off tremendously. I got so angry reading it at one point that I physically threw the book across the room (great visual memory of its trajectory as it bounced off the wall).

This book spoke truth to me at a time I didn't want to hear it. I later came to appreciate the message and am grateful for its writing.

Larry Crabb's writing has evolved over the years as his own journey with Christ continues to mature. I
Aug 31, 2014 Lindsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt like this book was a little depressing; I don't want to forget the joy that is ours in Christ, nor the understanding that He works everything out for our good. It was convicting, however, especially as a person who does consider other people's views of her. It was a great reminder to open up and be real about struggles. I also truly enjoyed the concept of God being sovereign. We can't "demand," we can only ask with the knowledge that He can do what He wants when He wants, which often does ...more
Aug 28, 2007 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, archive
old school l.crabb

i read this when i first became a christian. it makes the list of favorites not b/c i have read it recently but b/c of how deeply it impacted me at the time.

it was the first book i read that showed me i was not alone in my fear of 'being known' by God and by people. i also realized i didn't have to lie *all the time*... just some of the time. God has been so merciful! i get teary thinking about this book.
Andy Stager
Oct 06, 2014 Andy Stager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book messed with me and with my ministry presuppositions in a good way. It gives a new and more contextualized vocabulary for dealing with idolatry at the heart level. The sin beneath the sin is always a failure to dare to love due to fear of future disappointments borne out of past disappointments. And so we medicate on good things and their perversions. Lots to learn still from this book.
Ritchie Pruehs
Feb 04, 2009 Ritchie Pruehs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was another life-transforming, paradigm-shifting book for me! I saw myself and my family of origin far more clearly after reading this book. The theme is that if we are ever to change, it must be real change--from the inside out. If you are wanting to truly change and grow, this is a terrific book!
Jun 24, 2008 Mindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crabb writes a modern, more plaintive version of Owen's Mortification of Sin. If you read this book, be prepared to feel burdened, torn to shreds by the weight of sin...restored only through petitioning for a clearer focus on Christ and our relation to what He did for us on the cross. Read it, but be ready for it to rock you at your core.
 Jim Hutson
Jan 28, 2008 Jim Hutson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those in faith, those seeking
Recommended to Jim by: Scott Engleman
Dr. Crabb does a great job explaining why things are still wrong in the world and why Christians still experience trials and struggles.
And he does a good job explaining how to seek resolution that may not imitate resolving the problem but understanding and putting it on the shelf.
Great read for those who ask the question, "Why do bad things happen?"
Aug 07, 2014 Eddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Self protection and how to break it. How to live without masks as a real person. First book I suggest for people to leave a life in denial and start living as a true person with a real identity. It is essential to be real in order to deal with yourself, others and God. It is the only way. Hard road but essential!
Jeremiah Ketchum
This is not the type of book I would typically read but he hit on some stuff that I needed to read. Namely, stop avoiding things that hurt and do away with self-protective measures that keep you from feeling. A solid book.
Jun 11, 2012 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was great at raising the question that itches the mind of every aspiring unsatiated Christian. For that Christian who goes to church, reads their bible and avoids sin... you might be asking... "What's next?" or "How come I don't feel the joy that is promised?" Or even "Why am I still not happy?"

Unfortunately, I feel this book made the effort to help us recognise the emptiness (or thirstiness as the author relates it to the woman at the well) and even search inside ourselves, but stops
Jan 13, 2010 Reid rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-living
I thought Crabb had some useful ideas; sometimes I think he writes stuff that turns out to be the 'flavor' of the month in his approach to things.

Jan 28, 2012 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
As the title would suggest, this is a very introspective read in the spirituality genre. You could read one page and meditate on what you read for a day.

A few passages:
"Finding peace requires an honest look into your life at some hard things. Jumping through more hoops is sometimes easier than facing troubling things inside."

"Denial for many becomes a way of life. And years of practice makes it possible to seal off from our awareness any data that contradicts what we want to believe. It’s fri
Adam Smith
Aug 03, 2010 Adam Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With Inside Out, Crabb does us a great service connecting the gospel of Christ to our hearts' deepest longings, needs, and motivations. This book is particularly incisive in discovering our hearts' deceitful self-salvation projects. For that reason alone this book is worth 5 stars. It's not perfect though--no merely human book is. Test what he says with Scripture and ask your pastor about what he has to say. For example, he sometimes places a little too much significance in the work we can perfo ...more
Despite our good intentions and real efforts, change is often allusive, ignoring either the problems in our world or the pain in our hearts. Acknowledging both our deep longings (physical, social, and spiritual) and profound disappointments, Inside Out reveals our wrong strategies (self-protection) and points us towards the seat of true change – a repentant heart. Crabb provides the church a great service by pointing us beyond behavioral sin and reminding us of the sinfulness of our hearts. Thus ...more
Nov 09, 2013 Jlnelso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a close-up view of God after feeling let down by life's circumstances. It encouraged me in a way that I did not expect. I didn't find it hard to read even though Crabb doesn't just supply you with easy answers or explanations. Rather, it became a source of solace because it invited me into much deeper consideration into the meanings of life events beyond just feeling the pain or sorrow of the harder events. I love this book.
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. Because I have felt it worth keeping, I'll give this book a 4.
Steve Penner
This was about the fourth book of Crabb's that I read. It was about this time that I realized he was writing the same book over and over again. I think his first couple of books, Encouragement and Understanding People, are worthwhile, but after that don't bother. Besides the repetition of theme under various guises, Crabb's are generally 90-95% critical analysis and >5% possible solutions. Very frustrating to say the least. Skip this and all that follow.
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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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“Certainly we struggle as victims of other people’s unkindness. We have been sinned against. But we cannot excuse our sinful responses to others on the grounds of their mistreatment of us. We are responsible for what we do. We are both strugglers and sinners, victims and agents, people who hurt and people who harm.” 16 likes
“We must admit that simply knowing the contents of the Bible is not a sure route to spiritual growth. There is an aweful assumption in evangelical churches that if we can just get the Word of God into people's heads, then the Spirit of God will apply it to their hearts. That assumption is aweful, not because the Spirit never does what the assumption supposes, but because it excused pastors and leaders from the responsibility to tangle with people's lives. Many remain safely hidden behind pulpits, hopelessly out of touch with the struggles of their congregations, proclaiming the Scriptures with a pompous accuracy that touches no one. Pulpits should provide bridges, not barriers, to life-changing relationships.” 13 likes
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