By Dan Ballinger,Lee S. Gus
The writer makes an attempt to mix the real openness and self-revealing vulnerability of the AA neighborhood with the stupendous gospel claims of God's own and worldwide present of everlasting lifestyles with him. this mix of strong, functional deliverance from addition, and the promise of God's unconditional grace-love, echoes in either one of those modern old phenomena--the historic personality of the Gospel's winning becoming a member of of God with us in our discomfort global. From step one to the final, the AA application 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 existence wish, that's, an everlasting "spiritual awakening."
"A Heavenly Echo is inventive, insightful, and fascinating. Written via a professional 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 catch the essence of what it capacity to give up to God. all through, he stocks intimate info of his personal trip, and the way operating the twelve steps proved relevant to his personal-spiritual improvement. it is a robust booklet. worth reading."
--Clinton W. McLemore, writer; scientific Psychologist; Former Professor on the Graduate tuition 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 habit, human nature, and 'our times.' He reminds us of the Christian roots of the twelve-step software, and through drawing on those roots, he clarifies and enriches the that means of every step. His research could be particularly important for evangelical Christians who want remedy, yet were wary approximately looking aid 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 at the moment volunteers as a counselor to missionaries at Frontier Ventures (formerly the U.S. middle for global challenge, Dr. Ralph iciness, founder). He has been an occasional speaker at Frontier enterprise employees conferences over the past decade. Dan has a BA from desire foreign collage, 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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