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Practicing Affirmation (Foreword by John Piper): God-Centered Praise of Those Who Are Not God Kindle Edition
About the Author
Sam Crabtree is a pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he has served for over twenty years. He is a former public-school teacher and is chairman of the board of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He is the author of Practicing Affirmation. Sam and his wife, Vicki, live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and have two daughters and six grandchildren.
John Piper is founder and lead teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for thirty-three years as the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than fifty books, including Desiring God; Don’t Waste Your Life; and Reading the Bible Supernaturally.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
“Who needs a book about affirming others? For starters, I do―and I suspect you do too. Too many of us use most of our words each day for criticizing and complaining. My friend Sam Crabtree, on the other hand, is a practitioner of affirmation. To meet him is to be encouraged. His words, both in person and in these pages, are thoughtful, intentional, and full of gratefulness. If you find that your communication lacks encouragement, if you want to grow in affirming others, if you plan to say any words at all today―please read this book!”
―C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville
“Sam lives what he preaches. I’ve never forgotten a short, hand-written note of God-centered affirmation he sent me years ago, having met only once briefly. His words not only encouraged me personally at the time, but have influenced our ministry in a significant way ever since. I am grateful for this book―if no one else needs it, I know I do!”
―Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, author; Teacher and Host, Revive Our Hearts
“When it comes to affirming and encouraging others, some people come by it naturally. For the Christian, we come by it supernaturally. However, even the most mature believer must hone and cultivate the act of affirmation―that’s why this new book by Sam Crabtree is such an invaluable resource to the church. How do we effectively ‘build each other up in the faith?’ You're holding the answer in your hands!”
―Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
“We all welcome words of affirmation. Sam tells us how the practice and power of affirmation will make a difference in the life of anyone, young or old. Practicing Affirmation will help you make a positive investment in your relationships with family members, co-workers, friends and neighbors, even the clerk at the store―even when people are difficult.”
―Bruce Johnson, President, SIM, Charlotte, North Carolina
“For over 30 years now I have watched my friend, Sam Crabtree, flesh out the truths he has written about in this book. My wife, children, and I have been blessed to taste firsthand the sweetness of the soul strengthening effects of Sam's God-centered affirmations.”
―Ron Wickard, Pastor, Richland Church, Mina, South Dakota
- ASIN : B00IFFTPCQ
- Publisher : Crossway (January 19, 2011)
- Publication date : January 19, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 813 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 178 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #196,177 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Refreshed and encouraged, to the point of tears, was how I ended this book. I found the lofty goal of affirmation (lofty because I see in myself such incredible depths of pride and criticism) to be a more attainable one. I found Scripture after Scripture declaring to me the truth and necessity of affirmation as rooted in the very character of God. I found a practical list of examples to help when I feel stuck about how best to affirm another person. And I even found myself affirmed by the author as he somehow managed to describe traits I didn't realize I had and affirm them in me.
Every Christian should read this book.
There were a few points that I was not sure if I agreed with Sam Crabtree or not, yet I still recommend this book as it did indeed widened my eyes to what affirmation is and how God expects us to apply it to the people around us. Crabtree supplies numerous examples of how we can affirm people in various relationships, including spouses, parent/children, teacher/student, and co-workers all the while doing so in a Christlike manner pleasing to God. I especially found Chapters 2, 3, and 7 enlightening and also Beevers' Decision Grid found in the appendices. Although Crabtree did a good job covering how to mix correction and affirmation in one short chapter, it would still be interesting to read a book on how to correct people in a Christlike manner (I'm sure there is one; I should do some exploring).
This is a beneficial book for everyone to read as we all deal with relationships and sometimes falter, resulting in lack of communication, over correctness, and selfishness. Hopefully, reading this will refresh you to seek out a glimmer of Christlikeness in everyone and affirm them for it.
Path: Crabtree explains the reason for affirmation, its biblical basis, the differences between affirmation and flattery, and how to affirm.
Sources: The author provides a helpful work based on his own mistakes, successes, observations, and studies. His foundation is the Word of God. This work is miles apart from the behavioristic writings of many contemporary Christian writers.
Agreement: I appreciated the focus of this work. Humans are naturally self centered and prideful. It goes against the flesh to affirm the work of God in the lives of others. That is exactly why the Scriptures command us to build one another up.
One could find some way to disagree with Crabtree and view a statement or idea as being self-focused, self-serving, or self-glorifying. However, the author takes an entire chapter to respond to common questions and accusations which have been leveled against his premise. Some of these seem far fetched, but he has done his best to cover his bases.
Personal App: As I was reading through his 100 suggestions I began to think of what it would be like to receive some of these affirmations. They would surely lift me up and point me toward Christ! If I would be so moved, how much more should I make an effort to do that for others.
Favorite Quote: "When our mouths are empty of praise for others, it is probably because our hearts are full of love for self" (7)
It would be worth another read and I would recommend it to any believer, both young or old, in ministry, in the secular work place, in the home.
Top reviews from other countries
Praise lots more than you criticise
Praise character qualities rather than outward appearance, posessions etc.
Praise things which show the development of Christlikeness in the other person.
It is no doubt true that there are people who don't learn these things in the course of their lives but I imagine most people do (which of course does not necessarily mean that they practice them)
Personally I consider this book a waste of money.
And before anyone thinks my feedback only shows how much I need the book ;) most of the feedback I give on Amazon is positive!
So, if you find you have really really really no idea how to encourage people this book may help you, thus 2 stars. If you find that you are already aware of the three points I mentioned above you can save your money.