By Dan Ballinger,Lee S. Gus
The writer makes an attempt to mix the actual openness and self-revealing vulnerability of the AA neighborhood with the stupendous gospel claims of God's own and international present of everlasting existence 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 historical phenomena--the historic personality of the Gospel's winning becoming a member of of God with us in our affliction global. From step one to the final, the AA software and the Christian Gospel have produced bona fide proof that any one 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 desire, that's, an everlasting "spiritual awakening."
"A Heavenly Echo is artistic, insightful, and interesting. Written by way of a pro 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 potential to give up to God. all through, he stocks intimate info of his personal trip, and the way operating the twelve steps proved critical to his personal-spiritual improvement. this can be a robust booklet. really worth reading."
--Clinton W. McLemore, writer; scientific Psychologist; Former Professor on the Graduate college 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 dependancy, human nature, and 'our times.' He reminds us of the Christian roots of the twelve-step application, and by means of drawing on those roots, he clarifies and enriches the that means of every step. His research should be in particular priceless for evangelical Christians who desire 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. middle for global venture, Dr. Ralph wintry weather, founder). He has been an occasional speaker at Frontier enterprise employees conferences during the last decade. Dan has a BA from wish overseas college, a MA from japanese New Mexico collage, and is a Fellow/retired with the yank organization of Pastoral Counselors. Dan and his spouse of fifty-nine years, Norma, stay in Seal seashore, California, the place he serves as an affiliate Pastor for the meeting of God.
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