The title, Practicing Affirmation, is appropriate for the book because the book points out the fact that lack of affirmation is often at the very root of problems within marriages, families, friendships, workplaces, and churches…and then offers step-by-step guidance on how to affirm others in a helpful and God-honoring way.
The author of the book is Sam Crabtree, pastor at the Mounds View campus of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. who has also written
People who have endorsed this book include…
- C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
- Joni Eareckson Tada, founder and CEO, Joni and Friends International Disability Center; author, A Spectacle of Glory and Beside Bethesda
- Nancy Leigh DeMoss Wolgemuth, author, Biblical Womanhood in the Home; radio host, Revive Our Hearts
The main idea of the book is that we glorify God by recognizing and affirming Christ-like characteristics in others, as well as taking note of the work that God has done and is doing in the lives of the people around us.
In this society…where far too many of us spend far too much of our time criticizing and complaining…it is important that we encourage each other with words that are thoughtful, intentional, and respectful.
So many people and relationships today are suffering from alienation, indifference, and even hostility…and at the heart of this suffering is a lack of affirmation, appreciation, or even acknowledgement.
Many Christians see affirmation as a humanistic, self-esteem, ego-boosting tool for manipulating others, but appropriate affirmation does not fuel pride in the other person, but motivates them and honors God.
God is glorified when we affirm the work that He has done and is doing in others. In fact, if we fail to do so, we risk robbing God of praise by not recognizing His work in His people.
We keep God at the center of our affirmations by following the biblical pattern of saying, “I thank God for you…” This way, the person is encouraged and God gets the glory.