A New Picture for Your Past
A Healthy Way of Managing Your Emotions
A Fresh Perspective on Relationships
by Dr. David Eckman
Harvest House Publishers
Your imagination is filled with pictures of reality. These pictures reveal your true “heart beliefs”—the beliefs that shape your feelings and reactions to other people, to circumstances, and to God. Becoming Who God Intended shows you how God’s Spirit can build new, biblical pictures in your heart and imagination.
- struggling with anxiety, guilt, or habitual sins
- frustrated because your experience doesn’t seem to match what the Bible talks about
- wondering if your emotions and feelings fit into the Christian life at all
GOD HAS A GREAT NEW PICTURE FOR YOU!Getting the true pictures in your mind—grasping reality from God’s perspective—will help bring your thoughts and emotions under control. It will lead you to a life filled with the positive emotions of love, joy, and peace, and you will finally be able to live out the richness of true Christianity…the life God the Father has always intended for you.
About the Author
David Eckman, PhD, grew up in a dysfunctional family and came to the Lord as a teen. His emotions remained frozen through years of theological study and pastoring, until he finally gained a picture of how God truly loved him. When he became dean and professor at Western Seminary, he began to do extensive personal counseling; and in 1997 he cofounded BWGI Ministries, which seeks to bring about spiritual transformation through helping people understand who they are in Christ.
Comments from Authors, Pastors, and church members…
“David Eckman is a man you can trust… His teaching resonates with God’s wisdom and compassion”
Author of Tender Warrior
and Four Pillars of a Man’s Heart
“I am astonished the impact your book Becoming Who God Intended is having on me! It is answering questions about myself and the pitfalls I seem to get into over and over. My fear and anxiety has been replaced with the love, joy, and peace of the Holy Spirit! Your book has profoundly put into focus many aspects of my life that I was unable to put together myself. Thank you so much! I will suggest your book for my small group because I think it is imperative for every Christian to read.”
Unsolicited comment from
a reader in California
“I have read Becoming Who God Intended and found it one of the best, most helpful books I have every read. I have read many good books, thinking ‘Yes, I should change’, but nothing would really happen. This book has made a real difference! Thank you. Dr. Eckman’s teachings on God’s personal, passionate delight in me have transformed how I think about God, which has in turn transformed the way I do ministry. I now share with greater personal depth of meaning the fact that God truly loves them, because His love has begun to transform my thinking.”
Campus Crusade for Christ
NDSU, Fargo, ND
“How do you personally experience the transforming intimacy with the Father so kindly offered to us in Jesus? Living openly and freely with the Father provides the joy we all seek and the power we all need…not just for ourselves but for the dear people we love and minister to in our congregations.
At times the sorrow of trapped lives and broken relationships in our churches become more than our souls can endure. Is the Gospel truly transformational? Can the Holy Spirit perform the life changes today that we rejoice in reading about on the pages of the New Testament? How does it happen? Really, how does God set a heart free and keep it from enslavement to the flesh and it’s appetites? Where’s the joy that Jesus promised and died for?
My friend Dr. David Eckman has answered these questions for me from the pages of scripture. God has used David in my life, and that of thousands of others to walk us down the biblical path of freedom, joy, and a rich experience of the Father’s affection. David is a biblical scholar who opens treasure chests of scriptural truth that allow us to see just how good and powerful our Savior really is.
For your own delight and for the life-change and freedom of your people, I’d encourage you to pour over the pages of Dr. David Eckman’s Becoming Who God Intended, by Harvest House publishers. Get this book in the hands of your congregation and watch their hearts and lives experience the freedom that Jesus paid so dearly to give them. ”
Teaching Pastor at
Good Shepherd Community Church
Be sure to get the Becoming Who God Intended: Facilitator’s Guide. This guide aids group leaders in leading your group through the book. Don’t forget one with your group’s books.
For Singles & Couples
by Dr. David Eckman
This workbook develops the essential concepts and skills behind healthy relationships. Starting out with the most basic information on what it means to be human, it goes on to teach how to be relationally effective as a male or a female. Many people have used this workbook with great value as a private or small group study, or as a follow-up to our seminars.
The workbook is unusual in that it develops biblical passages as a means to illuminate our humanity, and God’s intention that couples and singles learn how to become part of interdependent relationships.
Healthy Relationships contains 6 chapters with 5 readings in each chapter. It can be used over a 6 week period, or for more in depth study it can be used over a 30 week period using one reading per week.
CHAPTER 1 Humanity’s CreationExplore what it means to be human. See how God created the world and the great purpose He gave humanity as the pinnacle of His creation. Look at God’s original intent for man and woman. Examine how He intended woman and man to work together as an interdependent team, as “one flesh”.
CHAPTER 2 The Teams’ FailureSee the challenge that God allowed to come upon this interdependent team. With that challenge, the team failed. In their failure are many valuable lessons for us to learn. The greatest lesson is that God should be trusted.
CHAPTER 3 Ineffective Communication PatternsIn Genesis 3 and in life, four negative miscommunication patterns appear again and again: blaming, placating, rationalizing, and distracting. They are responses to powerful emotions within.
CHAPTER 4 Healthy CommunicationDiscover that effective communication describes what is going on inside of us, and that it is shared for the other person’s benefit. It is balanced by our own sympathetic listening to the other person.
CHAPTER 5 What Is Headship?Discover that the New Testament teaching of the Headship of the male in marriage relationships is a powerful extension of the Old Testament teaching that the wife is the great helper, or Azer, like unto God.
CHAPTER 6 The Art of ForgivenessIn human relationships forgiveness is a necessity to sustain a friendship with a spouse or any other friend. This forgiveness is not only important relationally, it is important to God.
Be sure to get the Healthy Relationships: Leader’s Guide. This guide is available free for group leaders if you purchase the workbooks for your group. Add to your cart with the workbooks.
by David Eckman, Ph.D.
Find freedom from failure and feelings of worthlessness in this stirring examination of God’s love. Unless otherwise noted, all scripture translations are by Dr. Eckman from the Greek New Testament. Adapted from session 2 of the original lecture series “Acceptance.”
by Dr. David Eckman
Harvest House Publishers
This is the Leader’s Guide for small group studies using the book Becoming Who God Intended. Experience spirituality transformation with the members of your group as you understand the images that govern your beliefs about who God is.
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