Formed Holy in His Image

Spirit, Soul & Body

Christian - Biblical Counseling
228 Pages
Reviewed on 11/25/2011
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Author Biography

Gwen Ebner has enjoyed a number of careers in her lifetime: secretarial work, music teacher, music therapist, church ministry (music, children, adults, and counseling), and is presently a professor at Winebrenner Theological Seminary where she teaches in the area of Family and Counseling.

She enjoys speaking on issues of growth and wholeness and has a passion for encouraging others to grow - through their challenges and their successes. She has gone through an enormous amount of personal growth in the last 10 years brought on by a number of challenging circumstances. Hence, her books and her website,, has emerged as a way to support others on their journey. Her husband, Chet, is a wonderful encouragement to her in her growth and joins her in her ministry pursuits.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lori M for Readers' Favorite

Just like the Jerry Maguire movie line, "You had me at hello," author Gwen Ebner had me at, "Being perfect and complete was not meant to imply that we would never sin, be tempted, or ever make a mistake again." Whew, was that ever a relief, because sometimes the world expects Christians to be perfect and we can't live up to that expectation.

Well-written and very informational, Ebner's book was a delight to read. She provided sections called, "Going Deeper" at the end of each part of the book where people could reflect on what they've read and this material could even be used in a small home group bible study setting as well.

The book cover was very apropos to the material contained therein with an image of a clay pot being formed by a potter. As Ebner tells us, we are the clay and God our Father is the potter.

As a college professor, I enjoyed reading how this author had begun sharing the concepts of this material with her students, which led to its becoming a book. Teaching someone else is always so rewarding.

Readers will enjoy reading the chapters titled, "Hindrances to Being Holy and Whole," "Stewardship of the Body," and "Healthy View of God and Self," along with a dozen other chapters that will further your relationship with Christ and help you heal your soul. A great book for Christians and not-yet-believers alike.