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Becoming a True Spiritual Community: A Profound Vision of What the Church Can Be

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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
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 8th 2007 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 1999)
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Mark
Crabb paints an extremely attractive picture of what a spiritual community could be and what "church" should be. Not church the institution, but church, the gathering of people in fellowship with one another. This book gets to the heart issues which are critical for effective community, but is a bit weak when it comes to describing how to practically build such a community. This is the only book I have found which talks explicitly about how we as a community encourage others to be walking in the ...more
Jason Kanz
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read, 2014
I am working my way through a series of books by Larry Crabb. The most recent one I read was entitled The Pressure's Off, which was a really good book. Becoming a True Spiritual Community (1999) was the next on the list. I figured it would not be much different from other books I have read recently and that I would likely enjoy it. Having said that, I was profoundly moved by this book. The message contained in this book was exciting and fear provoking. Crabb discusses his vision for what he thin ...more
Cathy Jacobs
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent overview of what living in community is really about
Joel Carter
Dec 20, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm a fan of Larry Crabb's writing and theology. I don't know much about the ins and outs of psychology, but I think he is a good model for young Christians who feel called to a field that is very secularized. In this book, Crabb addresses the topic of spiritual community. In it, he gives a tantalizing description of what the church should and could be. He explains that by "turning our chairs to one another" we can experience what God has designed for us as a group of believers. His thesis is cl ...more
Steve Lee Sr
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
May not catch on...

but it would certainly be worth the effort. The thing is, it would require quite a bit of effort; and I haven't met a lot of people who would be willing to do the work to make this happen.

The good news is that there are some people who are willing and that's enough to start. The truth is, that it's just too easy to keep doing things the way they've always been done. Perhaps that's not entirely true. Church is work no matter how you do it, so why not do it right? And what Dr. C
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Karen B
This is a book that not only articulates a common and profound spiritual longing, but begins to point us to how to find the fulfillment of our longings - through our own brokenness and vulnerability. Deeply powerful. Incredibly challenging.

This is among the first half-dozen books I have just finished reading on my new Kindle. It may however set an all-time record for highlighted passages of any Kindle book! I highlighted 135 passages as there's just so much here I want and need to remember and
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Kerrfunk
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book has some great stuff to say about spiritual community, but I found there was a lot of dreck to wade through. At one point I wrote in the margins, "Larry, you've lost me. I don't like your content or style or manner." The book is divided into three sections. Section One was good, I was excited. Section Two was meh, and Section Three was even more meh.
Kristi Burns
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simply the best book I have ever read about the beauty of true spiritual community. Having this level of intimacy will cost you time and energy but the rewards are huge! This book will allow the Holy Spirit to change you from the inside out if you surrender yourself fully!
Mark
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Good book. Recommending it to my wife. This book has some key points in it and is foundational for caring for others both in the church and outside of it. However, some of the presuppositions could not be used if coming alongside an unbeliever (that is not Crabb's intention, however).
Mark
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Recommending it to my wife. This book has some key points in it and is foundational for caring for others both in the church and outside of it. However, some of the presuppositions could not be used if coming alongside an unbeliever (that is not Crabb's intention, however).
Pam
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Suzanne Benner
May 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The content of the book is good, although I didn't find it as easy to read as many of Crabb's books. If I hadn't done the Soul Care course, I would have found it rather confusing.
Mark
Jul 22, 2010 rated it liked it
I liked the book. But I found Dr Crabb's terminology awkward.
Tyler Hartford
Awesome book for a synopsis on working towards healthy Christian Community.
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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
“When spiritual friends share their stories, the others listen without working. They rest. There’s nothing to fix, nothing to improve. A spiritual community feels undisturbed quiet as they listen, certainly burdened . . . but still resting in the knowledge that the life within, the passion for holiness, is indestructible. It needs only to be nourished and released.” 11 likes
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