How People Grow
by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
Book Review by Marta Hatter
This book is one of the best possible resources for Christian adults who desire personal growth. A sound approach which integrates practical and passionate theology with proven psychology is presented to provide structure for personal growth. Townsend and Cloud discuss how difficult issues in our lives often stay the same even with our best efforts to change them. They discuss what growth and change look like, and how we can attain them. The essential processes that make people grow are described. How those processes fit into a biblical understanding of spiritual growth and theology is explored.
This book helps both men and women to translate biblical principles into a practical path of growth in all the vital areas of life. How People Grow is filled with true examples, questions for reflection or discussion, and probing insights that can help the reader experience the kind of change and growth they have longed for.
I have witnessed my clients experience increased vitality in their marriages and family life, friendships, life struggles and personal development while reading, discussing and living the concepts conveyed in this book.
In addition to helping Christian individuals in their pursuit of improved living, this book is an excellent help to small groups. The How People Grow Workbook has been constructed to follow the principles of the book. Readers are asked to connect with others, tell the truth about life and themselves, and face some difficult challenges. Readers have the opportunity to take new risks and work through old patterns. The goal is that growth becomes part of our daily thought life, prayer life and emotional life. It has also been my observation that when individuals