Seeing with New Eyes

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Publisher Description

Have you ever had the experience of getting angry, upset, or worried about something—only later to discover some crucial fact you hadn’t known? Or have you ever been delighted with something or someone, and later found out you’d been had? Something you had not taken into account explained everything in a different way. You had no  reason at all to be upset—or happy. When you began to see more fully, everything changed. Seeing with New Eyes is a book about taking into account something that changes everything. 

This work is the first of three planned books written by David Powlison on the topic of counseling.  But it’s counseling with an unusual twist. Intentionally helpful conversations—that’s all counseling is—look different when you look at them from the perspective of seeing God. You see people and their troubles in a different light. Seeing with New Eyes discusses life's struggles, about conversations that seek to be helpful, about how to think through the things people struggle with, about skillful pursuit of personal and interpersonal objectives. 

Powlison's book explores how with God in the picture, it changes the way people think about “problems,” “diagnosis,” “strategies,” “solutions,” “cures,” “changes,” “insights,” and “counseling.”  When the lights go on, the reader sees God and know that God sees them. Not one of these “counseling” words can stay the same. The world is still populated with the same problems begging for help (in fact, seeing God, you see more problems!), but it’s as different as José or OK, reality or fantasy.

The goal of Seeing with New Eyes is to help the reader see God in the counseling context. How can we see what he sees, hear what he says, and do what he does? As we grasp this, we will become more thoughtful in understanding people, and more skillful in curing souls. 

Religion & Spirituality
January 31
New Growth Press
New Growth Press

Customer Reviews

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Christian Pharisee comes out at times.

I have not finished this book, which is a collection of essays. Some of the essays are good, although the writer has a very wordy style. If he can say things with 50 words instead of 5, he will. You get the feeling he loves to read his own words on paper.

Unfortunately some of the essays feel like the angry ramblings of an arrogant Christian Pharisee. Judgments are announced from afar on situations that the author has no first-hand knowledge about and he shows little to no humility in his evaluations.

He rips apart other Christian writings claiming they have extremely unsound theology, when in reality the writings in question were focused on a particular truth, audience, and purpose. They were not trying to explain a complete systematic theology to their current audience. Thankfully when Jesus spoke, he did not always try to explain a full Christian Theology to every audience either.

I find CCEF often gets hyper-focused on EVERYTHING being about an over-desire. Over desires are a legitimate concern. But they are not the heart of everything. If Jesus was a CCEF councelor, when a blind person came to him for healing, instead of opening his eyes, he would have lectured him on his over-desire for human site.

The author is extremely critical of Gary Chapman's love language book. This book main goal is to help us see more selfless and effective ways to love those we are close to. It is written for the lay person and not the theologian. This author tries to rip it apart. If there is a chance to twist meaning he does it in the effort to tear it down.

It is definitely NOT truth spoken in love. He could have easily said everything he said in a clarifying and helpful way. But he sounds like a jealous child for most of the article trying to show off how much more theologically right he is.

The author also seems to have no knowledge of positive human relationships or selfless love outside of people who are Christians. You would think there were no truly happy marriages among unbelievers. But there are. God makes is rain on the righteous and unrighteousness and he also allows some unbelievers to learn unselfish love and have happy and meaningful marriages.

A couple of other notes. A desire cannot be judged to be an over-desire unless someone is sinning to get the desire met.

And often people are hurting because of their God given sense of injustice, and not because they have a sinful over-desire. Then they are sometimes moved to sin because of a lack in faith in God to deal with the injustice instead of any over-desire issue.

All that said, some of the essays are good. I just can't help throwing up in my mouth when the author's arrogance spills all over the page in other places.

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