Attached to God: A Practical Guide to Deeper Spiritual Experience
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From the Publisher
Understanding what attachment style is most prominent for you will help you identify what spiritual practices might help you feel closer to God.
An anxious attachment style of spirituality is a way of desperately trying to keep close to God. We feel that the weight of maintaining the relationship falls squarely on our shoulders, and while we are open with God, we also constantly worry about the state of our spirituality.
A shame-filled attachment style is grounded in the feeling that God loves us but doesn’t really like us. Since we’ve fallen so far below God’s standard of perfection, we shame and blame ourselves for being so unlovable, even though God has chosen to love us.
A shutdown attachment style of spirituality is a way of relating to God that conquers feelings. In this style, faith is more important than feelings, and building a framework of theological knowledge is the bedrock of connection with God.
Personal note from the author, Krispin Mayfield
I’ve found that so many of us long to collapse into the everlasting arms of a God who holds us. Unfortunately, we’ve been told in so many ways that we can’t expect that from God. Instead, you’ve been told that you have to try harder, shove down your negative emotions, or even tell God how rotten you are before you’re allowed to get close.
I hope this book helps you make sense of the confusing emotional experience of craving connection with a God who has promised rest, yet feeling like walking with God requires so much work. Through learning your attachment style, you can bring your relational needs into sharp focus and find that God is ready and eager to meet those needs. Understanding your attachment style will bring clarity to the common reasons you feel worn out by your faith, while forming a steppingstone forward in growth and healing your relationship with God.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT ATTACHED TO GOD
Brandi Miller, host of Reclaiming My Theology
“What a refreshing and uncynical confrontation of the toxic spirituality that many of us inherited from our intimate relationships. This book looks at how God transcends the brokenness to meet us where we are. Krispin has written a practical resource that intersects both character work and spiritual formation for many of us who are trying to find the God that is better and more reliable than even our most intimate relationships.”
Peace Amadi, PsyD, professor and author of Why Do I Feel Like This?
“This book gives us language for understanding our patterns of seeking closeness, untangles us from bad theology concerning mental health, and invites us on a realistic journey to wholeness. Full of psychological research and theological insight, this book is a gift.”
J. S. Park, interfaith hospital chaplain and author of The Voices We Carry
“If you have found your faith squeezed into various boxes of shame, anxiety, and disillusionment, Attached to God is a shaft of light. This book is like therapy and theology: it will gently bloom you open and graciously begin the work of repair… Thank you, Krispin, for being our guide through this terrain.”
Publisher : Zondervan (February 22, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 256 pages
ISBN-10 : 0310363799
ISBN-13 : 978-0310363798
Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.68 x 8.4 inches