Book Review - The Reciprocating Self: Human Development in Theological Perspective

By Ava K Oleson
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The Reciprocating Self provides a remarkable and fresh new perspective on the study of human development through an often neglected “theological” lens. The authors demonstrate an insightful, theologically informed understanding of the goal of human development by drawing on Trinitarian theology. Since humans are made in the image of God, they bear the imago dei by reflecting not only the Trinity’s unity, but also their unique identity as persons. The authors posit that the goal of human development, as God intends, is the reciprocating self. So to live according to God’s design is to live as a distinct, uniquely created human being, in connectivity with God and others in mutually giving and receiving relationships. Thus, the authors propose their concept of The Reciprocating Self.

Review in The Encounter: Journal for Pentecostal Ministry
Volume #: 11
Publisher: The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Year: 2014