Not a book I would highly recommend.
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Open should come as no surprise to those familiar with Craig Gross' work. The book explore's accountability's usefulness in a variety of areas while also acknowledging possible shortcomings to accountability and promoting tools in order to make one's process and journey more effective. As one who has required accountability for years in my own life, I know it's value, and Open covers the topic well. I have two minor qualms that I will get out of the way, then I will get to some of the book's par Open should come as no surprise to those familiar with Craig Gross' work.
I have two minor qualms that I will get out of the way, then I will get to some of the book's particular strengths. First, Open feels like a book written for a church-kind-of-crowd, but Craig attempts to keep it general enough for everyone. This works both for and against him.
While I would've liked to see Christ's name and Scripture on every page, I often found myself missing it and wondering when the Christian plugs were going to drop and a few did here and there. I feel that this is Craig's writing within a self-designated construct: his organization, XXXchurch, has many members and visitors who do not directly espouse the Christian faith, and the author's desire to avoid ostracizing them by writing a book full of "Christianese" is admirable.
Of course, those of us who feel the book is speaking to our tribe may feel something is missing. This may be as much of a criticism of me as a reader as it is of him as an author. We Christians are a strange breed. Sometimes we expect those within our camp to constantly give us exactly what we want, and when they do not we decry them for it; of course, at the same time we expect to be salt in the world and a light in the darkness, but when we placate each other we can nullify our ability to reach anyone.
Ergo while my criticisms feel valid to me, Craig's attempts to straddle the line truly is understandable and, arguably, necessary. Second, Craig touches on the subject of accountability on women in his book, but he focuses heavily on male shortcomings and needs, as many of his anecdotes and examples revolve around men. In hinting at the female reader but not spending more direct effort on their plight, I think he does female readers a disservice. Frankly, I would have loved for a female counterpart rather than another man to have co-written the book with him.
Considering the work that XXXchurch does with women in the porn industry as well as with females who struggle with sexuality in the lust-saturated culture, the gender imbalance of the book is poignant and regrettable. This being put to the side however, I cannot deny that the book can be immensely valuable in the hands of women who are willing to take the extra step and extrapolate the principles therein for their own needs.
While women in America, particularly in ministry, have been forced to do this for a very long time frankly, too long , female readers will find much in the book to process and apply in their walks together. The text touches on both ideas regarding the virtues of getting honest as well as some of the possible vices that doing so might lead one to inadvertently embrace -- gossip, judgment, excusable behavior because "we're all there", etc.
The best of Craig's observations and exhortations comes in the form of his rallying against these things before they start. One thing is certain from reading this book: Craig Gross knows how accountability can go terribly wrong, and he's realistic about recognizing ways to avoid such results. Befitting his nature as something of an upstart, he is very quick to note inherent human tendencies towards sin even as persons attempt to do good; therefore, he not only stresses how accountability can be healthy, but how it can be dangerous if left unchecked.
These are aspects of honest fellowship that too few of us consider. These observations "from the trenches" give the book an added measure of quality and validity. In order to create an ebb and flow to the writing, Gross also gives a variety of stories about those who failed, in a variety of areas, in part due to the absence of accountability. I am finding that exhortative books of this type need these stories; inasmuch as they feel unseemly, they put a face and a consequence on issues and also break up the admonitions--as valuable as they are--into more digestible pieces a critical concern when writing for modern audiences.
These tales of frailty show the reader how something as simple as a weekly phone call can aid one's focus on the finish line rather than the pain of the race, which is the point of it all anyway.
We human beings know we are weak and frail, and overcoming our sinful proclivities is a taxing experience; Open encourages us to accept help along the path of better living, while also serving as an aid to others in their journey alongside us. And what's not to like about that? Mar 01, Joel Dipert rated it liked it. Good, detailed description on what accountability is and isn't. Although written by a Christian, definitely seems to be written with the non-religious in mind. I was hoping for more of a biblical approach, but wasn't disappointed with the content.
At times, it felt like a very long advertisement for xxxchurch and x3watch, but maybe that was the purpose. Aug 06, Melissa rated it really liked it.
What I am discovering about non-fiction books for me, is that I only connect with them if they are full of real-life stories. When the author shares their struggles and their victories. This book that does that. The author shares his own experience with accountability groups and what works and what doesn't. I have tried being accountable to someone before and it didn't work for me, because I wanted to hide my sin. I have tried being the one holding someone accountable and it didn't work because th What I am discovering about non-fiction books for me, is that I only connect with them if they are full of real-life stories.
I have tried being the one holding someone accountable and it didn't work because the person always came to me after they did the very thing they didn't want to do, not when they were considering it. I felt more like a trash can to dump their garbage than a support to walk them through victory. I think this is a much needed book that churches should have stocked in their libraries. I believe people do want to be held accountable but they don't know how or what it should look like.
This book tells you why you need accountability and how to make that happen. Ultimately, it is up to each of us individually to make that choice to be held accountable, you have to want it to make it work. I also think it is great that this book is written my a man because it empowers men to do it and see that it is possible. I think women are more likely to seek this type of relationship because of our make-up, we are relational like that, we want to pour our hearts out to someone who will understand us.
Men can find this difficult, but I think this book can lead them to the road of that type of relationship. A copy of this book was given to me by Thomas Nelson through the Book Sneeze program in exchange for an honest review. Apr 05, Mylon Pruett rated it really liked it Shelves: spirituality , introspection. I need people who will do the right thing—the honest thing—because it is the right and honest thing to do.
Open - Audiobook by Craig Gross
Open walks through why we need accountability, what it looks like, what it doesn't look like, a "I need honest people. Open walks through why we need accountability, what it looks like, what it doesn't look like, and how to implement it. If you don't, then why should anyone else be interested in doing so. You have to walk the talk if you want others to follow you don't the accountability path. As the leader you are accountable. You're accountable for any failures, as well as any successes that your organization may have.
Accountability comes as part of the job description, which is why, if you try to duck it, it will have a negative impact on the levels of accountability that already exist. Accountability is not a one-time, sometime thing; it's an all-time thing. Those people who don't want to be accountable, or held accountable, are always looking for any opportunities to get out of it any slips, or gaps in your accountability will give them the out they need, to only be accountable when they see fit.
When you're looking to hold people accountable you cannot play favorites; you cannot let it slides with some people. Accountability has to be consistently requested of everyone, all the time. If you chose to let one person ignore their accountabilities then it opens the door for others to be selectively accountable too. You cannot delegate accountability, accountability is something that has to be accepted for that person to feel accountable and to have them take ownership.
The best way to get people to accept accountability is to set them up to be successful. No one is going to take ownership and show accountability for something that they know, or believe is going to fail. View more by Craig Gross. Questions You Can't Ask Dimensions 5.
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Qty Add To Cart. Description It s time to live free, to live healthy, to live satisfied. He shot to prominence in when he founded the website XXXchurch. He is the creator of the x3Watch accountably software used by over 1 million people.
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