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How People Grow: What the Bible Reveals about Personal Growth

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This title reveals what the Bible teaches about the responsibilities of the church and the responsibilities of the individual. It also gives gatekeepers (pastors, recovery leaders, lay leaders, paraprofessionals) tools to help people resolve issues of relationships, maturity, emotional problems, and overall spiritual growth.
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by Zondervan Publishing Company (first published October 16th 2001)
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Sameh Maher
كتاب رائع واكثر من رائع
من الكتب القليلة التى ستضعها على رفك وعليها علامة تقرأ لمرات ولمرات ...
على الرغم من انه قد يكون مملا قليلا فى بداية وتقليدى الا ان موضوع النمو من المواضيع الهامة التى شرحها الكاتبان ببراعة منقطعة النظير وببساطة شديدة وعمق قوى
الكتاب يشرح فى موضوع النمو عدة مواضيع مرتبطة به مثل الالم والوقت واستجابة الله للصلاة
فهدف الكاتبان فى النهاية ان يظهرا عمليا واقعية الكتاب المقدس وكيف يتناول قضية الحياة كلها اى النمو
الكتاب مرتب ومنظم وبعد ان تنهيه ولا بد انك ستشعر بالحنين الى فقرات ك
Dec 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-book-list
A bit too long, but a great practical book on spiritual growth.

For us to grow, God's role is to be the source/provider. Our role is to depend on the source. We depend on God for life and for all that we need. God's role was and is to provide. Our role was and is to receive.

To solve life's problems and grow spiritually are one and the same.

In redemption, we come back to God as the source of life. We retreat from our independence from him and our attempt to be self-made.

The Body of Christ is a
Blake Moore
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
Really liked it - practical growth steps with clear spiritual principles.

A link between age-old spiritual thoughts and modern psychological discoveries, "How People Grow" is a readable (though at times quite dense) guide for the human growth process. Not just spiritually, but emotionally, mentally, and even physically. It fulfills it's title.

Displaying a high emphasis on the growth group, one-another relationships, and time (as opposed to the classic "microwaved" results); HPG was well worth i
Joel Wentz
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cloud & Townsend are probably best known for their various co-authored books under the moniker "Boundaries", but this lesser-known book is a very strong, intensely practical look at how all people experience spiritual growth. It is extremely comprehensive, and quite easy to read. Not everyone will find each chapter particularly helpful, but I would argue that there is something in this book for everyone. I particularly resonated with the chapters regarding God's grace, the growth in forgiven ...more
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this amazing book. I have not come across one that speaks so much to me and has given me such a comprehensive insight into Christian living. The authors have laid down the fundamental principles in simple yet practical ways for Christians to walk and grow in our relationship with God. Anyone who has read this book would find it spiritually enriching and empowering. I appreciate the practical summary given at the end of each chapter as well as the thought provoking questions ...more
Jun 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this has been like having 2 faithful friends (the authors) who will gently sit down with you and open up things that you've needed to see about yourself and challenge you to make changes. The way they share God's grace in the process makes it a safe "place" to experience genuine growth.
My boyfriend & I each have a copy of this book, and we have been reading it a little bit at a time over the last several months.
It has revealed things to each of us that has given us the freedom to fa
Jan 04, 2008 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Here's an excerpt:

"We can't grow unless we are sure that we are both known and loved. Some people like us because they don't know us; some know us, and therefore don't like us. Relationship can't occur unless both knowledge and love are present." - (p. 150)
Pamela Beer
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book. Helps folks see their personal growth from a biblical perspective.
Mark Elliott
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book with a lot of practical insight into people. How we grow, the why, and what it takes to move us from being comfortable to actually putting the hard work into growing. Each chapter takes a unique approach to relating to the reader in a variety of different ways but includes scriptures to also substantiate how these relate to the Christ follower. It is a book written by two men with their doctorates in psychology and reads accordingly.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read almost all of Dr. Cloud's books. This one is one of my favourites. In the top 5 for sure. My very favourites besides "Boundaries", are "Safe People" and "Never Go Back". They are have been extremely integral in guiding my life. If you enjoyed this book you may also be interested in "After You Believe: Why Character Matters" by NT Wright.
"What the Bible says is that having an attitude of embracing suffering will protect against sin." -Dr. Henry Cloud
Lucía Ayala
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much to learn from Cloud and Townsend, I am very thankful for this book that has challenged my personal life and the way I approach my relationships.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book to fulfil the goal "read a book with multiple authors" I didn't learn a whole lot. i expected too. the biggest thing i got out of this was the importance of the church body for growth and support. we can't make this journy through mortality without our fellowman. so thankful for all my friends that support me, whether they are part of my 'official religion' or not.
Laura Haske
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-living
A reasonable and holistic approach to Christian counseling and personal growth in general.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not saying this is a horrible book - I'm not saying that at all. I am saying it is certainly not the type of book I enjoy or would normally read on my own volition. I know there are people out there who can and should benefit from reading this, but it just wasn't my cup of tea.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super insightful- info is easy to access but will need time to ponder.
James Andersen
DISCLAIMER: I am reviewing this book as a Practicing Catholic, the authors are either Evangelical or Methodists, yet the review I hope will be fair and balanced despite the differences.

I found this book to be very insightful and helpful for what it is. I must confess this book was on my "To-Read" List for over a year now and only after some uncertainty as to whether I ought to buy it or not. I found this book most helpful, and I am glad I did buy it. In my ongoing project to devise a way to grow
Bryan Reeder
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading. 'How People Grow" by Henry Cloud and John Towsend.

The authors unlock age-old keys to growth from Scripture to help people resolve issues of relationships, maturity, emotional problems, and overall spiritual growth. They shatter popular misconceptions about how God operates and show that growth is not about self-actualization, but about God’s sanctification.

This is a longer book than I normally read. I would not classify this as an easy read. Cloud and Towsend give deep
May 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cloud and Townsend's How People Grow - which contains their comprehensive philosophy and approach to counseling others in matters of Christian living - is a practical, insightful, and often convicting book. I would give it a solid three-and-a-half stars if this rating system allowed me to. Among other things, I appreciate the way in which the authors treat the matter of sin as truly a heart-issue (as opposed to focusing on merely external behaviours), and their stress upon the Christian's need t ...more
1. Growth is really a process of spiritual reconciliation. We need to grow (to become more like Christ) because we are separated from God by sin. "In salvation, and the growth process, God is reconciling things, bringing them back to the way they should be"
2. To grow you must recognize your need for growth and run to God in those moments rather than away from Him. Groups should help create an environment to run toward God.
3. Suffering isn’t always bad. Sometimes you need to accept suffering an
Lana Jackson
"How People Grow: What the Bible Reveals abut Personal Growth" is an amazing book because of the practical application of Biblical and relational principles described and the various perspectives from which one may read this book.

Throughout our lifetime, we are growing and changing, hopefully for the better. Some of the principles discussed are intuitive, but many are learned. Life circumstances or home of origin can sometimes disrupt, prevent one from learning healthy principles or cause one to
There are some really deep insights that i feel like I need to read over and study more, BUT, after a while I felt like the whole book was just recycling ideas from previous chapters. And I would really like to see more descriptive problems than "a man had an issue with emotionally connecting, or he was emotionally detached..." while that might lead to some serious problems, I would rather read how that emotional detachment looked like, so I can more easily recognize it in my own behavior. After ...more
Kyle Tait
Nov 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the first 250 pages, but the last 100 pages seemed hurried and repetitive. At one point, one of the authors even says that he had to use accountability partners and God's help to get him through the final chapters and meet his writing deadlines--which you can definitely see. Drs. Cloud and Townsend could have ended it earlier and pushed across the same message.

Still, it was very helpful in describing to me my own growth as an infant Christian. I'd recommend it to anyone, regardless of the
Neil Gilbert
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was interested in reading this book in an effort to figure how what mindset or technique can be used to grow and mature personally and how I could encourage others around me to do the same. I was initially quite disappointed to hear a lot of Christianese. However, after finishing the book and contemplating it, I chilled out a bit and came to understand that ideals like kindness, community, forgiveness are really the only tools we have to treat pain, grief, and brokenness. What else is there, r ...more
Brian King
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: follow-jesus
Great book to connect the dots of what component parts play a role in actual spiritual growth in a person's life. A few are passive, but most represent growth in and commitment to discipline. I love also the distinction they make between suffering which is redemptive and leads to transformation and that which is self-imposed through poor or sinful choices. Good stuff, my only complaint is that you still have to figure out an actual plan of how to use this information. This connects the dots ment ...more
Feb 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The authors have a fairly clinical perspective of deeply troubling issues, and I sometimes found myself thinking some things they were saying were at a deeper level than I need - but we are all 'broken' in every way short of Christ's fulness. Thinking about the gospel as the complete and ultimate healing tool, and seeing how every effective clinical method is really derivation of eternal gospel principles makes it all very relevant and practical. I appreciated the relatively short chapters that ...more
Eric Reidsma
This is one of my daughter textbooks as she starts college this fall. It looked interesting to me and I thought if she has to read it then I should be able to and I’m interested in what they are going to be teaching her. Well, reading this was more of a marathon that a 5K – it took some discipline. Even with all the examples it’s not a real page turner. But I was challenged in my thinking and I did learn some things about growth and healing. I’m even looking at 2 more books by the same authors. ...more
Josh Mccoy
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an absolute MUST READ for anyone interested in the biblical vision of human growth and development. After the first chapter I quit highlighting because I was afraid 1) I would run out of ink and 2) there's just no sense in highlighting a whole book, page after page.

Filled with great clarity, wisdom, and practical advice on human relationships - How People Grow is a vital addition to every Pastor, Christian Counselor, and lay leader's library. If you're not on this list but stumbled
You will find practical and proven wisdom in Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend''s impressive resource How People Grow: What the Bible Reveals About Personal Growth. Starting with the good premise that all growth is spiritual growth,

This book rocked my world and it is inspiring and encouraging. I would recommend for anyone that desires to Grow Spiritually or Help others Grow.

There are actions steps or encouragements for growers and people who desire to help others grow (growth Facilitators)
Brandon Current
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Re-read. The authors set out to integrate solid counseling and spiritual growth with Biblical doctrine. Often their verse references are pulled out of context, and their spiritual comments can be fluffy. However, it is clear that they write from a grounded Biblical/doctrinal context. The book has many helpful concepts and leads to good insight on healing, repentance, and growth. Sections of it would work well as a growth Bible Study. It leaves you hungry for growth and to be part of a group that ...more
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Dr. Cloud has written or co-written twenty-five books, including the two million-seller Boundaries. His most recent books are Boundaries for Leaders and Necessary Endings. He has earned three Gold Medallion awards, and was awarded the distinguished Retailers Choice award for God Will Make A Way.

As president of Cloud-Townsend Resources, Dr. Cloud has produced and conducted hundreds of public semina
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