HOW PEOPLE GROW JOHN TOWNSEND

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HOW PEOPLE GROW
HENRY CLOUD & JOHN TOWNSEND

All growth is spiritual growth. Authors Drs. Cloud and Townsend unlock age-old keys to growth from Scripture to help people resolve issues of relationships, maturity, emotional problems, and overall spiritual growth. They shatter popular misconceptions about how God operates and show that growth is not about self-actualization, but about God's sanctification.

To all those who have sought God and his growth path,
and to all those who labor to help others grow.
We are grateful for your hunger for him and his ways

CONTENTS
Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
PART I. PARADISE LOST
1) Harder Than I Thought . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
2) Seeing the Big Picture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
3) How the Big Picture Affects the Small . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
PART II. THE MASTER GARDENER: THE GOD OF GROWTH
4) The God of Grace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
5) Jesus: Our Example for Living . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
6) The Holy Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
PART III. FINDING THE BEST CLIMATE
7) God’s Plan A: People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
8) Open Spaces: The Power of Acceptance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
9) Getting to the Warmth of Forgiveness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
PART IV. THE PATH OF GROWTH
10) The Gardener’s Handbook: The Bible . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
11) No Pain, No Gain: The Role of Suffering and Grief . . . . . . . 206
12) Growing Tasty Fruit: Becoming a Righteous Person . . . . . . . 235
13) The Value of Pruning: Discipline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249
14) Water from a Deeper Well: Spiritual Poverty . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
15) Following the Gardener: Obedience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 278
16) Pulling the Weeds: The Problem of Sin and Temptation. . . . 293
17) Facing Reality: How Truth Deepens Growth . . . . . . . . . . . . 317
18) Putting on the Gloves: The Importance of Activity. . . . . . . . 332
19) Waiting for the Harvest: Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 346
Conclusion: Growth for Life. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 361