By Dan Ballinger,Lee S. Gus
The writer makes an attempt to mix the real openness and self-revealing vulnerability of the AA group with the stupendous gospel claims of God's own and worldwide reward of everlasting existence with him. this mixture of strong, sensible deliverance from addition, and the promise of God's unconditional grace-love, echoes in either one of those modern old phenomena--the historical personality of the Gospel's winning becoming a member of of God with us in our agony global. From step one to the final, the AA software and the Christian Gospel have produced bona fide facts 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 lifestyles wish, that's, an everlasting "spiritual awakening."
"A Heavenly Echo is artistic, insightful, and interesting. Written via a professional pastoral counselor with a present for theological mirrored image, the writer perspectives twelve-step courses during the lenses of Christianity, noting how they seize the essence of what it potential to give up to God. all through, he stocks intimate information of his personal trip, and the way operating the twelve steps proved important to his personal-spiritual improvement. it is a strong ebook. worth reading."
--Clinton W. McLemore, writer; medical Psychologist; Former Professor on the Graduate institution of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary
"Ballinger writes with ardour and compassion. He writes as one that has been there, either as a pastoral caregiver and as a fellow struggler, and makes prepared observations and provocative insights on dependancy, human nature, and 'our times.' He reminds us of the Christian roots of the twelve-step software, and via drawing on those roots, he clarifies and enriches the which means of every step. His research may be in particular useful for evangelical Christians who want remedy, 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. heart for international challenge, Dr. Ralph iciness, founder). He has been an occasional speaker at Frontier enterprise employees conferences during the last decade. Dan has a BA from wish foreign collage, a MA from japanese New Mexico college, and is a Fellow/retired with the yankee 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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