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Practicing Affirmation based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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.