How People Change by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Trip, New Growth Press, 2006, available in multiple formats.
Another one of those books that’s been sitting on our shelves for years. At some point Jim was in a group that studied it, and he felt that the discussions were very worthwhile. So when I was casting around for a good Christian book to read in my early-morning study time I settled on this one. We had had some excellent teaching at our church lately about how God brings about fruit in our lives, and one of the big takeaways for me was that fruit, growth, and change all happen slowly and organically. Our senior pastor has said before, “You don’t make an apple tree productive by stapling fruit to the branches.” That’s such a funny illustration that it sticks in the mind. Can’t you just see the guy with the stapler and the bag of apples, reaching up to grab a twig and use his trusty Swingline?