Many Christians today find themselves in the position where their journey toward an authentic life with God has slowed down to a crawl. Tragically, the very ideals many Christians depend on for spiritual growth are actually their greatest source of bondage! Deeply tied to the problem of stagnation is a pervasive misunderstanding and mishandling of Truth that has distorted and undermined Christian practice throughout the history of the Church. Beyond traditional models of discipleship, beyond inner healing prayer, this book describes the foundations you need for renewing your mind and transforming your life. “I’ve been waiting for someone to approach spiritual formation, recovery, and inner healing in an integrated way. This is it!” — Jan Johnson, retreat speaker and author of Invitation to Life.
About the Author – Biography
All of my life, my greatest passion has been to learn how to live well in a fallen world, and to share what I learn with others. Even at a fairly young age it was apparent to me that few Christians around me were actually living out the Kingdom life that I saw portrayed in the New Testament. And for most of my life, my own attempts to grow and become like Jesus left me broken, confused, and discouraged.
But God is faithful, and His continual pursuit of me over the years has been fruitful and life-changing. My own healing began in earnest in 1985 and has involved several life-giving communities, inner healing prayer, and continual learning about what it means to be an apprentice of Jesus. Today, the God behind my theology is now my Father and personal Mentor, with whom I am developing a life-giving relationship.
Generally, I believe that God’s main purpose for His people is that they learn how to reign well in life (Rom.5:17) and participate in His ministry of reconciliation (2Cor.5:18). That means, among other things, that we are engaged in a lifelong transformational process of becoming more and more like Jesus. Along the way, there are many things that get in the way of living as God intended, including family dysfunction, abuse, neglect, destructive patterns, and mistaken goals. With the help of the Holy Spirit and members of Christ’s Body, we can undo the damage of many of these acquired deficits, and learn how to live from the heart Jesus gave us. Thus, healing is not an end in itself, but an important step in bringing our lives into better relationship with Christ.
Education / Training
M.Div. with concentration in Christian Formation, Fuller Seminary
B.A. in Human Services with concentration in Family Counseling
Life Model training with Jim Wilder