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The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery (The Spiritual Journey) by [David G. Benner, M. Basil Pennington]
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"A small, engaging book on knowing God and knowing self. The Gift of Being Yourself gets beneath the crust of ego and past persona and behind image to the truth of you. Here is a pathway to discover and receive the beloved unrepeatable self that God designed you to be."

-- Adele Calhoun, author of Spiritual Disciplines Handbook
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In contrast to other books filled with drive-through pop psychology and sound-bite spirituality, Benner, a psychologist and spiritual director, offers an impressively deep and challenging introduction to Christian self-discovery in a little more than 100 pages. The foundational premise is that true knowledge of God and true knowledge of oneself are inextricably intertwined. For those who view such an approach as simply an accommodation to our culture's obsession with self, Benner provides a multitude of quotes from historic, respected theologians such as Augustine and John Calvin. He offers a clear and practical outline for those seeking to begin the lifelong process of knowing God and knowing themselves in an authentic way. As a gift to Christian counselors everywhere, Benner explains the difference between authentic self-discovery and most psychological approaches. Without mentioning names, he uses the stories of "fallen" Christian leaders to illustrate how some Christians' well-intentioned avoidance of self-discovery can become a deadly snare. His discussion of accepting our flaws and sins as a necessary step to transformation is a model of lucidity. Although self-knowledge is the subject, it becomes clear that transformation is the ultimate goal both of this book and of the journey it invites readers to begin.
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B016LEOZ4A
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ IVP Books; Expanded edition (September 24, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 24, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4562 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 144 pages
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Dr. David G. Benner is an internationally known depth psychologist, author, lecturer and cartographer of the human spirit and soul. He is also the Founding Director and Senior Mentor/Teacher of Cascadia Living Wisdom. The underlying passion of his life has been the understanding and pursuit of transformation - not merely healing or even growth, but the unfolding of the self associated with a journey of awakening. He can be found online at www.cascadialivingwisdom.com

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After reading this book for two weeks, I can honestly say this book has transformed my life completely. As an aspiring and young pastor I’ve been searching for my voice for a very long time. I’ve been trying to embrace the gift of being myself and this book gave so many powerful truths that has enabled me to discover my false selves.

I highly recommend this to young pastors/leaders who struggle with comparison and embracing their own voices. May the Lord bless and keep all of you who finds this book.
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