Pleasing People: How Not to Be an Approval Junkieby Lou Priolo
Full of Scripture and challenges to the reader, Pleasing People takes aim at a problem common in all of us: the desire to be liked by others. But Priolo is also careful to wisely delineate when pleasing people is biblical. The penetrating exercises throughout the text will help readers see how this sin manifests itself in their lives. Pleasing People will be useful for both personal reading and group study.
Usually when we think or talk about fear we’re referring to the kind of fear which is associated with being scared, terrified or frightened; we’re referring to the kind of fear that causes us to tremble or panic. There is another kind of sinful fear that is mentioned in the Bible which is not quite as dramatic but nevertheless is much more common and much more frequently experienced. It’s the kind of fear mentioned in Proverbs 29:25 which is often unrecognized but still very destructive and dangerous. It’s the kind of fear that in biblical terms is called “the fear of man” or what we might call “an inordinate desire to please people”. In this excellent book, Lou Priolo calls this kind of fear being “an approval junkie”. In my judgment this kind of fear is epidemic in proportional; it’s one of the greatest problems we face in our spiritual lives. Lou has done a great job in unmasking the problem and also providing God’s solution to the problem. I commend this book to you for your consideration because of its biblical and extremely practical nature. Buy it, read and reread it and use it in your counseling and teaching.”
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Meet the Author
Lou Priolo is the founder and president of Competent to Counsel International and is an instructor with Birmingham Theological Seminary. He has been a full-time biblical counselor since 1985 and is a fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Lou has been married to his wife, Kim, since 1987 and has two daughters, Sophia and Gabriella.
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