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About the Author
Ken Baugh was a successful pastor before a crippling experience of burnout disrupted his career and set him on a journey to better understand the dynamics of spiritual health. With a DMin from Talbot Theological Seminary, Ken is the founder and CEO of IDT Ministries.
Table of Contents
1 Defining the Discipleship Problem 5
2 The Abundant Life 13
3 Ingredients for Christ-Formation 25
4 The Abundant Life Is a Matter of the Heart 39
5 Sin as the Hindrance to Christ-Formation 51
6 The Spiritual/Emotional Conflicts That Hinder Christ-Formation 61
7 The Deceptive Power of Shame 73
8 How Neuroscience Informs Christ-Formation 79
9 Breaking Free from Painful Memories 91
10 The Transforming Power of Biblically Informed Thinking 103
11 The Role of the Holy Spirit in Christ-Formation 113
12 The Transforming Power of God's Love 133
13 Spiritual Disciplines to Rewire Your Brain 151
14 Spiritual Disciplines to Heal the Heart 169
15 The Role of Forgiveness in Christ-Formation 179
Appendix A "One Another" Commands in the New Testament 193
Appendix B The Benefits of Salvation 195
Appendix C My Identity in Christ 197
Appendix D Standing Firm against Satan 199
Appendix E List of Feelings 201
What People are Saying About This
If you are looking for a single book to serve as your guide to greater Christ-formation, Unhindered Abundance would be a good choice. It blends helpful insights together and provides concrete steps for moving forward on the journey of heart-focused discipleship.
Ken Baugh provides a clear guide to help us get more out of life through Christ-formation. You need not be a theologian or neuroscience scholar to understand and practice his life-building techniques. Baugh does an amazing job elucidating where science and Scripture align. I began reading this book hoping that I might use it with my graduate students, but as a clarity-providing lens, Baugh helped me realize my own desperate need for restoration—so that I, too, might live more abundantly by God’s design.
Unhindered Abundance is a health-food “smoothie” for the soul. Ken Baugh has managed to blend solid cognitive neuroscience into the healthiest spiritual traditions and practices. Not only do we enjoy the flavors that changed his life and ministry, but we also taste traces of attachment love and relational life that transform identity into the sweet taste of Jesus.
This is a book of great encouragement, wonderful insights, and practical tools. Rooted in robust theology, it explores the role of psychology and neurology in the transformational process, offering a deeper understanding of this pathway to spiritual growth. Ken Baugh shows us how the abundant life is possible for all of us through the work and power of the Holy Spirit. I highly recommend you read it—you will be glad you did!
With Scripture, life experience, and insights from brain science, Unhindered Abundance skillfully charts the path to Christ-formation and abundant Christian living. This carefully researched and eminently practical work shows how healthy spiritual habits rewire the human brain from spiritual apathy and addictive behaviors to the Spirit-filled life we long for but often fail to achieve.
Ken Baugh is well trusted for his decades of insightful teaching, practical coaching, empathetic counseling, and authentic pastoring. Now, in this wonderful new book, Ken has distilled much of his wisdom for a wider audience. I hope everyone reads this book and then buys a copy for a friend.
I had the privilege of ministering with Ken Baugh for two week-long retreats and saw the positive impact of this material on people serious about progressing toward spiritual maturity and conformity to the image of Christ. The book is centered in Scripture and takes God’s truth seriously. It incorporates essential insights from psychology and neuroscience. Unhindered Abundance provides a balanced treatment of a topic that is essential for the church in these days of uncertainty and chaos.
Over the years, I have learned to trust those who experience the truths they teach. Ken Baugh is such a person. When he teaches that “knowing, believing, and abiding in God’s love fuels Christ-formation and the abundant life,” he knows this from personal experience. I want to strongly encourage you to apply the principles in this book so you, too, can experience more of the abundant life that is available through Jesus Christ.
Many believers feel stuck between a desire to live the abundant, full life that Jesus taught and the realities of personal struggles. We don’t see how the one relates to the other, so we continue asking God to help us grow while “trying harder” to be better people. That just doesn’t work—it leaves us more stuck and discouraged. Ken Baugh reveals the solution: a workable system in which God wants us to walk with him through grace and intimacy, bringing him our struggles and pain as we do so. Using clear, biblical teaching and the latest neuroscience, Ken will give you practical steps to come to a place where you are all God means you to be, where you walk in peace, and where you can become free of the obstacles that keep you from moving forward. Highly recommend.
I have been anticipating Ken’s inspiring, gentle guide to the Christ-formation process. This new classic is such a welcomed resource, equipping us to flourish and live as a whole person, in shalom as God intended. May you experience great joy on the journey.
Most of us desire to hear from God but do little to minimize the noise and distraction around us long enough to learn how to listen to him. Ken reminds us that God created us for relationship with him and those around us. God is passionately pursuing us. Unhindered Abundance provides the opportunity to explore the availability of that deeper experience with God.
Ken Baugh provides a gushing stream of insights and grace-infused disciplines from the Bible, supplemented by findings from cognitive psychology and neurology, to invite you to experience spiritual and emotional health through “Christ-formation.” Along the way, he offers his own story of brokenness and life change. Open your heart to Jesus as you read, and this book will light up your brain with God’s words of life.
Through careful exposition of biblical teaching combined with insights from psychology and neuroscience, Ken Baugh lays out a path to holistic spiritual, emotional, and relational Christlikeness. Regardless of where you find yourself on your journey, he offers pastoral and personal guidelines toward your own unhindered abundance of Christ-formation.