Practicing Affirmation (Foreword by John Piper): God-Centered Praise of Those Who Are Not God [NOOK Book]

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This book helps readers strengthen communication and relationships through the practice of God-centered affirmation.

It happens in marriages, parent-child relationships, friendships, workplaces, and churches: Communication falters, friendships wane, teenagers withdraw, marriages fail, and bitter rifts sever once-strong ties. Christian communities are no exception. Why do so many of our relationships suffer from alienation, indifference, and ...

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Practicing Affirmation (Foreword by John Piper): God-Centered Praise of Those Who Are Not God

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Overview

This book helps readers strengthen communication and relationships through the practice of God-centered affirmation.

It happens in marriages, parent-child relationships, friendships, workplaces, and churches: Communication falters, friendships wane, teenagers withdraw, marriages fail, and bitter rifts sever once-strong ties. Christian communities are no exception. Why do so many of our relationships suffer from alienation, indifference, and even hostility?

Author Sam Crabtree believes that at the heart of these breakdowns is often a lack of affirmation. He observes in Scripture that God grants mercy to those who refresh others, and in life that people tend to be influenced by those who praise them. Crabtree shows how a robust “God-centered affirmation ratio” refreshes others and honors God.

Practicing Affirmation sounds a call to recognize and affirm the character of Christ in others. When done well, affirmation does not fuel pride in the person it refreshes, but honors God. All who are discouraged in relationships will find wisdom and practical insight in this book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433522468
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 1/19/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 645,481
  • File size: 314 KB

Meet the Author

SAM CRABTREE (MA, South Dakota State), is a former public school teacher and has served as executive pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis since 1997. He is also lead pastor for life training, serving as the “vision keeper” of the church.

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

    Practical and Scriptural

    For most of us it is probably easier to use our words to criticize rather than praise others. This book points the way to what the Bible has to say about affirmation as a way of being Christ-like and to show grace to others with our words.

    Affirmation, according to the author, works for everyone in every situation whether it be on the job, at home, or anyone we come into contact with. Some of the benefits of positive words include making others more willing to listen to us, lifting morale for ourselves and others, making us easier to live with, helping us see others in a positive light, making better use of our time than if we spend it complaining, and celebrates Christ-like behavior.

    I appreciated that this book is not preachy and gives advice on how to become a more affirming person in ways that are practical and make sense to me as they apply to everyday life. Giving more thought to how I approach a person, especially if controversy is involved, makes the difference between that person feeling attacked or affirmed and can be done in a way without backing down from personal convictions. One closes the door to dialog and the other opens it up.

    The author also addresses the important difference between praising someone in a way that fuels self-pride and using praise to encourage someone and affirm who they are in Christ. As Crabtree writes, "Affirmation should not be a self-esteem free-for-all. Don't affirm any old thing. Don't affirm empty trendiness. Don't stroke the ego. Commend the the commendable! Value the valuable! Supremely value the supremely valuable. Worship only Christ, then commend his image in people."

    This is a book that I believe addresses an important issue that most of us deal with and would be beneficial for every Christian to read so as to become an encourager to others.

    I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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