The Relational Soul: Moving from False Self to Deep Connection

The Relational Soul: Moving from False Self to Deep Connection

What does loneliness tell us? "Be it chronic or acute, slight or significant, loneliness is proof of our relational design. At the core of our being is this truth--we are designed for and defined by our relationships," former pastors Plass and Cofield write. "We were born with a relentless longing to participate in the lives of others. Fundamentally, we are relational soul What does loneliness tell us? "Be it chronic or acute, slight or significant, loneliness is proof of our relational desig...

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Title:The Relational Soul: Moving from False Self to Deep Connection
Author:Richard Plass
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Genres:Christian
ISBN:0830835873
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:185 pages pages

The Relational Soul: Moving from False Self to Deep Connection Reviews

  • Jennifer Tse
    Apr 08, 2019
    This is an amazing book that my church Reality SF recommended. Like a good student, I committed to reading it and signing up for their book club. It being available for free in my public library's Hoopla app helped tremendously to motivate me to start. I'm so glad I read it. Each chapt...
  • James
    Sep 05, 2014
    At the heart of who we are is a longing for connection and relationship. This longing is thwarted through our woundedness but it doesn?t go away. One of the joys of coming to Christ is being brought into relationship with the Trinity?Father, Son and Spirit. We are invited into the ...
  • Doug Dale
    Aug 19, 2018
    This book has been really thought provoking. The idea of an "implict memory" that stirs up emotions and shapes responses without us really recognizing it is an interesting concept. It would seem to explain why we can consciously know a choice is wrong, but still make it, or why there a...
  • Hannah Christmas
    Aug 14, 2017
    "Apart from [God's] continuous, actual relational presence, the world would cease to exist." I picked up this book as a recommendation from an elder at our church. The authors are coming to our church soon to lead a conference going over the subject of this book, so before attendin...
  • Bob
    Aug 05, 2015
    Summary: Our relational capacity is essential to being human but often hindered by the false self that struggles with trust, but may be transformed through God's gracious intervention, often through other people, that allows us to receive the gift of discovering our true self. It is...
  • Daniel
    Dec 07, 2016
    One of the best books on Christian growth I've ever read. ...
  • Jason Kanz
    Apr 07, 2015
    The Relational Soul: Moving from False Self to Deep Connection (2014, IVP) by Richard Plass and James Cofield is gold. Previously, I have been honored to include each of their submissions in the newsletter I edit for the Society for Christian Psychology, but even knowing a modest amoun...
  • Denise
    Aug 08, 2018
    Great. A different way of looking at God-the Trinity as in a relationship and an example of how we should live. I learned a lot about myself and how I relate to (or rather, move away from) people. It?s not an exaggeration to say this book is a life changer for me. ...
  • Quinn Steffen
    Mar 31, 2018
    Great. Painful, exposing, and truthful. ...
  • Cynthia
    Apr 10, 2018
    This book did a decent job of describing the issues (although the language was technical and not always defined). But it fell way short of helping me know how to use the information. Maybe it was me. Or maybe I'm not the intended audience. But I had to wade through a lot of jargon with...
  • Marianna
    Aug 12, 2019
    3 stars out of 5 Pros: Good book with some good points. Very straightforward and easy to read while still getting to the heart of most relational issues. If more people would apply these principles, relationships would be a lot better. Definitely for the church crowd, but there are ...
  • Daniel Bulek
    May 06, 2017
    Plass and Cofield outline a tragectory of implicit memory of experiences that shape our attachment and ways of relating to other people, and God especially. They provide a helpful framework for becoming aware of implicit elements infuencing the way we relating and how to reshape our wa...
  • Marcus Winter
    Jan 01, 2019
    This book was disappointing. Firstly, the amount of spelling and grammar errors was astounding. These errors would have been easily caught by someone slowly reading the book ONCE aloud. The sheer amount of errors made me skeptical of the authors. Secondly, one of the first thing...
  • Dana Caley
    May 23, 2017
    I can't say I've ever finished a book and wants to immediately read it again until now. I recommend this to anyone and everyone who feels broken... in other words- everyone. ...
  • Chris
    Jun 04, 2018
    A profoundly helpful book Rich and Jim lead the reader through the inner workings of the soul in a way that brings life and healing from a relationship with God through Christ. In doing this, the reader is taught how to enjoy soulful relationships. ...
  • Glen
    Sep 25, 2017
    This is a pastoral work written by two ministers who lead a spiritual renewal center. The book delves into how the human personality is formed And it's subsequent impact on our capacity to enjoy true community. The voice is uplifting while carefully laying out the dominant personali...
  • Vincent Ng
    May 30, 2017
    Helpful book in understanding the problem in human relationships. God, being relational him, created humans as relational beings, in whom our fullness is found in our relationship with God. However, due to sin, the consequence can be seen in how we interact with each other today. The g...
  • Julianne Bigler
    Apr 07, 2019
    This book has a lot of useful things to say and is worth reading. While some chapters felt surface level and used too many Christian-sounding platitudes, it was also sprinkled with gems throughout, and was helpful insofar as being in tandem with many other messages on our need to know ...
  • Eli Johnson
    Mar 18, 2019
    There is a lot to chew on here. Soul-transforming work is hard and requires particular people being the ears, hands, and voice of God in our lives. The end of chapter questions are high quality and helped me get a grasp on where to begin to focus on this forward journey. ...
  • Joe McFadden
    Jul 26, 2016
    https://joemcfadden.org/2016/04/02/th... Occasionally I read a book that I continue to refer back to over and over again to mine gems of wisdom and insights that I may have overlooked previously. The Relational Soul is one book that continues to provide insight into how I relate to ...
  • Anne Snyder
    Apr 21, 2017
    Excellent book. This book talks about how change and rest and healing and learning to relate better are actually possible. ...
  • Darlene Nichols
    Aug 25, 2018
    This pastoral book is mostly about how trusting in Christ transforms our ability to truly love and understand others as well as be loved and understood by others. I appreciated the emphasis on community. It?s one you?d need to slowly ?work? your way through to fully appreciate....
  • Michael
    Mar 09, 2019
    The examples used to start each chapter felt oversimplified or fake ...
  • Cole Brown
    Feb 25, 2017
    The flow of the book is simple in the best sense of the word: 1) We were created for relationship, 2) our sin and the sins have others have negatively affected our ability to enjoy relationships the way God intended and 3) the key to relating as God intended, the author's argue, is to ...
  • Geoff Petrie
    May 14, 2018
    I picked this book up because I heard it was "a good book". I had no idea that I would read the first chapter and start deeply thinking about memories that I've shoved back into the caverns of my life and didn't think would see the light of day again. This book instantly made it into m...
  • Dan
    Sep 08, 2018
    The premise of this book is good and true: people are created for and by and through relationships. The authors repackage and deliver classic Christian concepts, with too much psychology flavor for my taste. There is heavy emphasis on how memories and experiences have shaped us, and ho...
  • Kevin Larson
    May 16, 2018
    Helpful book Really enjoyed this. Plan to read again. I?m a pastor who holds to a biblical counseling approach. Some of this was challenging to me. But I was helped. Plan to journal through again and answer discussion questions. ...
  • Amy Morgan
    Jun 02, 2018
    I gave this book five stars in part for the content and writing, but also partially because it hit me in the right spot at the right time. So many Christian leaders in my circles this year have fallen to sin?some secret and hidden and some socially condoned. This book explores how we...
  • Michael Eckhardt
    May 15, 2018
    If you want a book that applies attachment theory to Christian spirituality, then this is the book for you. Some might be turned off by a lot of psychology-language, something which is not always all that popular among evangelicals, but the gospel insights are legitimately helpful and,...
  • Emily L
    Mar 15, 2019
    Absolutely amazing book. ...