The Gift of Being Yourself
:"Grant, Lord, that I may know myself that I may know thee." ?AugustineMuch is said in Christian circles about knowing God. But Christians throughout the ages have agreed that there cannot be deep knowledge of God without deep knowledge of...
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:"Grant, Lord, that I may know myself that I may know thee." ?AugustineMuch is said in Christian circles about knowing God. But Christians throughout the ages have agreed that there cannot be deep knowledge of God without deep knowledge of the self. Discerning your true self is inextricably related to discerning God's purposes for you. Paradoxically, the more you become like Christ, the more you become authentically yourself.In this profound exploration of Christian identity, psychologist and spiritual director David G. Benner illuminates the spirituality of self-discovery. He exposes the false selves that you may hide behind and calls you to discover the true self that emerges from your uniqueness in Christ. Freeing you from illusions about yourself, Benner shows that self-understanding leads to the fulfillment of your God-given destiny and vocation. Rest assured, you need not try to be someone you are not. But you will deepen your experience of God through discovering the gift of being yourself.This expanded edition, one of three titles in The Spiritual Journey trilogy, includes a new epilogue and an experiential guide with questions for individual reflection or group discussion.
David G. Benner (Ph.D., York University)is an internationally known psychologist, author, spiritual guide, and personal transformation coach who has spent thirty-five years integrating psychology and spirituality. He currently serves as emeritus distinguished professor of psychology and spirituality at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Georgia, and an associate fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.
He was professor of psychology at Redeemer College (Ontario) and a practicing clinical psychologist. He is the author or editor of twenty books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling and most recently Spirituality and the Awakening Self: The Sacred Journey of Transformation; Soulful Spirituality: Becoming Fully Alive and Deeply Human and Opening to God: Lectio Divina and Life as Prayer
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- :foreword By M. Basil Penningtonpreface: Identity And Authenticity1. Transformational Knowing Of Self And God2. Knowing God3. First Steps Toward Knowing Yourself4. Knowing Yourself As You Really Are5. Unmasking Your False Self6. Becoming Your True Selfepilogue: Identity And The Spiritual Journey
- Appendix: For Reflection And Discussiona Six-session Discussion Guide To The Gift Of Being Yourselfa One-session Discussion Guide To The Gift Of Being Yourselfnotes