Thinking Out Loud

March 7, 2021

They Called us to Look Deep Inside: Remembering John Baker and Larry Crabb

Filed under: Christianity — paulthinkingoutloud @ 12:49 pm

This past week two significant passings in the Christian community were reported; people whose lives deeply impacted so many.

John Baker (left) co-founded Celebrate Recovery with Rick Warren, a Christ-centered 12-step program to help people overcome their hurts, habits, and hang-ups; which has been translated into 20+ languages and used around the world. He is the author of the book Life’s Healing Choices. He left us on February 23rd at age 72. [Read more at Zondervan.]

Dr. Larry Crabb (right) wrote books which focused on the intersection of psychology and faith; helping people see themselves as part of God’s “larger story,” which was also the name of his ministry organization. He was best known for the book Inside Out, but also authored 66 Love Letters, a first-person narrative (i.e. as though God was speaking) based on books of the Bible, and The Papa Prayer, based on the Lord’s Prayer. You may have also known him for The Marriage Builder. He left us on February 28th at age 77. [Read more at Church Leaders.]

As I looked at their lives I realized there was one very great similarity, in that both caused people to look inside, to peel back the layers past the exterior which others see, and deal with the root(s) of the issues in their lives, and thereby move on to hope, help and healing. Their legacy will continue through the resources they have created.

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