Reframing the Soul
How Words Transform Our Faith
by Gregory Spencer
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Pub Date 13 Mar 2018 | Archive Date 10 Aug 2018
Abilene Christian University Press, Leafwood Publishers
“Reality, a friend of mine once said, is what you run into when you’re wrong. Reframing the Soul is a wonderful guide to navigating reality with grace and truth. It is honest, hopeful, literate and faith-filled. His framework for daily life is brilliant!”
—John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Church and author of I’d Like You More If You Were More Like Me
“With remarkable clarity, thoughtfulness, wisdom, and humor, Gregory Spencer has taken this difficult to understand subject and shown how deeply and broadly it reaches into every aspect of our lives. Masterfully weaving together real-life stories of tragedy and hope, a lifetime of learning about communication, and the role that faith plays in helping us see beyond our limited perspectives, Reframing the Soul is the best introduction I’ve read to both why and how we should reframe as an essential daily practice.”
—Don Waisanen, PhD, associate professor of communication, Baruch College
“We live and die in stories. They tell us who we are, what to believe, and what to do. Gregory Spencer’s Reframing the Soul helps us see that even though some of our stories are toxic, they can be recast in ways that are healthier and still true. He uses stories from his own life, along with many stories from others, to help us become better tellers of our own stories.”
—Daniel Taylor, author of Death Comes for the Deconstructionist and Do We Not Bleed?
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Average rating from 4 members
I was gripped by this book. I found the way Gregory Spencer described the way we all "frame" memories very helpful.
Several wise nuggets - two quoted below, many more in the book:
"You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day. You have to keep remembering all tge bad things"
"Gratitude isn't about lying to make things better than they were. It's about appreciating whatever can be appreciated - and most things can."
I read the whole book and was delighted that the Reframing with the Saints exercise and discussion questions at the end provide prompts for reflection.
A book that encourages awareness of self, and others as we all. live in harmony,
A book to read, and re-read.
A book to recommend to others - I think this would be a great resource for anyone with a pastoral or counselling role.
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