By Dan Ballinger,Lee S. Gus
The writer makes an attempt to mix the actual openness and self-revealing vulnerability of the AA group with the stupendous gospel claims of God's own and worldwide present of everlasting lifestyles with him. this mixture of strong, useful deliverance from addition, and the promise of God's unconditional grace-love, echoes in either one of those modern ancient phenomena--the old personality of the Gospel's profitable becoming a member of of God with us in our anguish global. From step one to the final, the AA application and the Christian Gospel have produced bona fide facts that anybody who seeks God and his correct personality will locate it, and with it a brand new brain, a brand new God, and a brand new lasting existence wish, that's, an everlasting "spiritual awakening."
"A Heavenly Echo is artistic, insightful, and interesting. Written by means of a professional pastoral counselor with a present for theological mirrored image, the writer perspectives twelve-step courses in the course of the lenses of Christianity, noting how they seize the essence of what it capability to give up to God. all through, he stocks intimate information of his personal trip, and the way operating the twelve steps proved valuable to his personal-spiritual improvement. this can be a robust publication. really worth reading."
--Clinton W. McLemore, writer; medical Psychologist; Former Professor on the Graduate tuition of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary
"Ballinger writes with ardour and compassion. He writes as person who has been there, either as a pastoral caregiver and as a fellow struggler, and makes willing observations and provocative insights on habit, human nature, and 'our times.' He reminds us of the Christian roots of the twelve-step application, and through drawing on those roots, he clarifies and enriches the which means of every step. His research can be in particular priceless for evangelical Christians who want therapy, yet were wary approximately looking support from a twelve-step program."
--Scott Sullender, writer; Professor of Pastoral Counseling (retired), San Francisco Theological Seminary
Dan Ballinger is a retired Christian Church (Independent) pastor and presently volunteers as a counselor to missionaries at Frontier Ventures (formerly the U.S. heart for global challenge, Dr. Ralph wintry weather, founder). He has been an occasional speaker at Frontier enterprise employees conferences over the past decade. Dan has a BA from desire overseas college, a MA from japanese New Mexico collage, and is a Fellow/retired with the yankee organization of Pastoral Counselors. Dan and his spouse of fifty-nine years, Norma, dwell in Seal seashore, California, the place he serves as an affiliate Pastor for the meeting of God.
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A Heavenly Echo: The Twelve Steps in Christian Reflection by Dan Ballinger,Lee S. Gus