Life Model resources related to MaturityMaturity (main topic page)
Covers the developemental stages of infant, child, adult, parent, and elder, with emphasis on the needs that must be met and the tasks that must be accomplished.
Munchies: Kingdom Snacks (audio) by:Jim Wilder
Lessons on thriving: Bible stories you have heard many times but not the way Jim Wilder teaches them. You will enjoy his wonderful mix of Bible teaching and brain science.
Munchies Free (audio) by:Jim Wilder
Special lessons of importance to the Life Model students are provided free of charge. Find out about current topics of interest and historical moments.
Munchies Volume 13 (audio) by:Jim Wilder
Belonging is one of the most problematic topics in the Life Model teaching. First, because most people assume that belonging is something that others are supposed to do for them and no one can find people who can give them enough belonging. Second, the "seeker sensitive" church movement assumed that people who come to church are seeking belonging only to find out recently that finding belonging is not what attracts a crowd. Wilder demonstrates in this series that belonging is something people create around them until they are damaged by type A or B traumas. Even the weak and the stranger are expected by scripture to create belonging around them. Creating belonging around you is your normal function. Restoring our natural function is object of the Thriving Recover Your Life class called "Belonging." These lessons give the biblical background for our program design.
Munchies Volume 22 (audio) by:Jim Wilder
Are your thoughts and decisions often influenced by your fears? God never guides His children through fear! Wilder uses four separate groups of Bible stories to examine our guidance system: 1) Stories where we are told that people acted out of fear - starting with the first one where Adam and Eve were afraid and they hid. 2) Times when people did not let fear win and God approved their actions. 3) Times that God said, "Fear not!" 4) Times God used fear to guide His enemies to pay attention. After you hear this "no fear" series you will want everyone you know to hear it too!
JIMTalks Food and Attachment With God (audio) by:Jim Wilder
Food was made to help us attach with God and with the people who feed us. This 80-minute talk by Dr. Jim Wilder explains how we become attached to the food instead of the feeder – like Adam and Eve and the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And how Jesus uses food to resolve traumas by restoring relationship. There has long been a question of whether Jesus resolved psychological traumas and how He did it. Without understanding the link between food, comfort eating and attachment we have long missed understanding Jesus in action. If you struggle with food cravings, comfort eating, poor relationships or traumas this is a lesson you should not miss
JIMTalks Vol 28-Food and Attachment With God (audio) by:Jim Wilder
Both the Old and New Testaments use strong words for attachment with God that suggest we are to “glue” ourselves to God. Brain science says that joy, peace, appreciation and, oddly enough, being fed are forms of strengthening attachment. While most Life Model students are familiar with joy, peace and appreciation this volume takes us deeply into how God presents Himself as the “one who feeds us” across the Bible. When attachment goes wrong we become attached to the food instead of to the feeder. Attachment to food instead of the feeder is common in the books of Moses and the stories of Jesus. Jesus goes so far as to use food as part of healing traumatic memories. Salvation is not so much about escaping hell as about forming this new attachment with the God who feeds us. Did you ever consider that the closest thing to “milk and honey” is ice cream? When food becomes our attachment the joy is soon diminished. Learn to use your food to attach to Joy again.
JIMTalks Volume 29 Weakness and Strength (audio) by:Jim Wilder
Many things we consider strengths are considered weaknesses in scripture leading to confusion about what develops strong Godly character. These JIMTalks lay out the importance of weakness in the development of strong character. Strength and weakness are central thoughts in the Joy Starts Here book and these lessons deepen our understanding of how we live with weakness.
JIM Talks Vol. 30- Iniquities (audio) by:Jim Wilder
This extensive study on iniquity will help you see the Bible through new eyes. Scripture is careful to distinguish between iniquity, sin and transgression in many Old Testament Hebrew passages but the New Testament Greek does not provide equivalent distinctions. Many Christians now consider the terms interchangeable because they all represent something gone wrong. This would be the same as assuming that cancer, broken bones and Down’s syndrome were all the same thing and required the same solution because they are medical conditions. Iniquity refers to those things that deform our development and the Bible gives special attention to “workers of iniquity” – those who produce deformities in others. Come learn what it meant when the prophet Isaiah said of Messiah, “The LORD has laid on him the iniquities of us all.”
These teachings back up the theology and teaching on iniquity for the Joy Starts Here book.
Joy Starts Here: the transformation zone (book) by:Jim Wilder, Ed Khouri, Chris Coursey and S. Sutton
Joy. From the moment we’re born we search for it but always seem to come away empty. What is it? How can we get it? Is it even possible?
The Life Model: Living from the Heart Jesus Gave You (book) by:James G. Friesen, et. al
Order the new 15th Anniversary Edition today! This new version now includes study questions at the end of each chapter as well as many other bonuses.
The Life Model is a unifying approach to ministries of counseling, recovery, pastoral care, prayer ministry, delivereance, inner healing, child rearing, body life and health. Substance abuse recovery programs internationally are guided by the Life Model's five principles. Because the Life Model develops strong maturity, it is widely used as a church model, particularly where people must face suffering. Missions have adopted the Life Model for restoring hurt missionary children. Almost every major ministry dealing with trauma and abuse in the USA uses the Life Model as part of their teaching.
Bringing the Life Model to Life (book) by:Koepcke, et al
The LIFE Model Study Guide for Individuals and Groups for teaching the Life Model's five principles.
The Complete Guide to Living With Men (book) by:E James Wilder
How God designed men to grow and mature. This is the most complete description of Life Model maturity in print. Everyone has a father. Most people have a brother, son or grandson. Everyone needs maturity.
Restarting Workbook- Facilitator Edition (book) by:Ed Khouri
Restarting is designed to provide a revolutionary new approach to recovery from trauma, addictions and character issues. In the Restarting workbook and facilitator’s guide you receive: notes on twelve weeks of teaching, over 500 PowerPoint slides, training instructions to replace missing brain skills, weekly exercises that use almost two thirds of the class time applying what you learned that day, weekly guidance for facilitators, worksheets for participants to fill out and use, and exercises for an additional 24 group sessions for those who want more. This 190-page workbook gives step-by-step instructions for brain training exercises that build joy, recovery and relationship skills. Restarting is the first module in the Thriving: Recover Your Life program – an innovative and comprehensive training program for two groups: 1) people with addictions and trauma and 2) those seeking discipleship in joy, maturity and the skills to thrive.
Basic Thrive Skills -- Year 1 (book) by:Wilder, Chris & Jen Coursey
This guide and its exercises covers all the skills trained the first year and begins the preparation for the skills taught second year at the THRIVE Conference.
Intermediate Thrive Skills -- Year 2 (book) by:Wilder, Chris & Jen Coursey
This guide and its exercises covers all the skills taught second year at the THRIVE Conference. Use these exercises with the bonded partner you took to THRIVE or to help members of your family or small group learn the skills with you.
The Stages of a Man's Life (book) by:E James Wilder
Understanding the stages in a man's life, his place in history, and creative ways to negotiate from one stage to the next.
Just Between Father & Son (book) by:E James Wilder
A personal guide through the transition to adult maturity. How to become an adult told as it really happened between Wilder and his son. This beautiful and warm hard cover book makes an excellent gift for parents of grade school aged children, men who grew up without active fathers, and anyone who did not have a good bond with their own father. You will learn how to become an adult, deal with sexuality. This book records the warm and personal conversations between father and son on a weekend trip to learn about being a man. The remaining stock of the original hardcover version will help you and those you know to grow up even when it has been years since puberty. Those who have read this book and, like Wilder, have taken this trip describe it as a “sacred moment.” Now it is your turn.
The Life Model: Spanish Edition (book) by:James G. Friesen, et.al.
This is a Spanish translation of the Life Model.
El Gozo Que Restaura (book) by:E. James Wilder, et. al.
Anteriormente publicado como El Modelo de Vida. Incluye guia de studio.
The Life Model: Korean Edition (book) by:James G. Friesen, et.al.
This is a Korean translation of the Life Model.
Forming Student Workbook (book) by:David Takle
Forming is designed to help people move away from performance-driven efforts to live the Christian life and demonstrates how to develop a relationship with God that has enough substance to change us from the inside out.
The Forming Student Workbook contains all of the session introductions, presentations notes, and exercises needed to help the participant fully experience what Forming has to offer. It also has many relevant articles on spiritual development as well as personal articles from the author about the material.
Forming Group Facilitator Workbook (book) by:David Takle
The Facilitator’s workbook contains all the material from the Student Workbook, along with comprehensive notes on how to lead the sessions, suggestions for group discussions, and how to introduce the exercises. There are also many helpful notes regarding the goals for each session, how to keep the sessions on target, and how to deal with common issues that present themselves.
Chinese Life Model (book) by:James G. Friesen, et.al.
Chinese version of Living From The Heart Jesus Gave You. Available only as download PDF from our Web Store.
Le Modele Vie (book) by:Friesen et al
Life Model and Study Guide in French.
Resource CD (CD) by:Wilder, Coursey et al
The essential presentation resources for introducing THRIVE concepts to you group or church. Eight PowerPoint presentations, and other resources.
Joyful Beginnings Baby Calendar (other) by:Maribeth Poole
This beautiful photo calendar is designed to guide new parents along the best-known path for strong and healthy brain development. This helpful guide for new parents is a great gift for baby showers and baby baptisms and dedications. You will love this calendar developed by Life Model author Maribeth Poole.
Restarting Prepaid Student License and Videos (video) by:Ed Khouri
Restarting includes all the materials you need to form and run a Restarting group. Restarting is one of the entry points to the Connexus/Thriving Recover Your Life program. All training is included with this price.
Introduction to the Life Model (video) by:Jim Wilder
Five lectures by Dr. Jim Wilder plus the Future of Recovery by Ed Khouri.
This amazing four DVD set answers your questions about the theology, philosophy, brain science, developers and applications for the Life Model. Now here are the answers in a low-key lecture format and no hype! You get Jim Wilder answering like he would if you invited him into your living room for private lessons on the Life Model and thriving. You also meet Dr. Karl Lehman, Chris and Jen Coursey, Ed Khouri, Pastor Darrell Brazell and see where you and your church fit.
Restarting Institutional Training License (video) by:E James Wilder, Ed Khouri
All materials needed to run Restarting groups and train facilitators are included under the Institutional Training (IT) license. The IT license package includes the full set of all Restarting program exercises, lectures and Immanuel process demonstration videos. Each of the 12 sessions is on its own DVD along with the facilitator training materials that apply to that specific lesson. There are 12 DVDs in the set.
Forming Personal License Video (video) by:David Takle
If you are looking for a personal resource that will help you develop an authentic relationship with God – this Personal License version of the 12 lessons taught by David Takle might be for you. You might want to consider purchasing your own Forming Participant Workbook which includes provocative questions and exercises in the workbook that will give you a deepened and recorded journey of the time spent with God.
Restarting Quick Start Student License Video (video) by:Ed Khouri
This four DVD set of lessons and exercises was filmed in beautiful nature settings and provides almost seven hours (6:52) of life-changing instruction for the 12 weekly sessions of Restarting. Restarting is one of the entry points of the Connexus/Thriving: Recover Your Life program. Restarting offers new hope for those suffering from painful attachments, weakened relationships, spiritual dryness, trauma, abuse, or addictions. The Quick Start Student License has additional purchases required over the course of a year.
Banana Baseball (video) by:E James Wilder
An introduction to addictions, brain science and spiritual community. Covers the three A-traumas that lead to addiction. Learn to understand cross addictions and how a catastrophic failure to reach adult maturity sets off the serious start to addictive patterns.
Recovery From Sexual Addictions (video) by:E James Wilder
Sexual Addiction including Internet pornography is closely associated with our brain's attachment and control circuits. Sexual addiction will change your sense of reality but there is help. (5 DVD set)
El Gozo de Cristo en las Vidas Traumatizadas (video) by:E James Wilder
2004 Conference Video
LifeModel DVD (video) by:Jim Wilder
Life Model DVD
A Workshop from the 2010 Deeper Walk Conference: Jim is the primary author of the book "The Life Model."
The Life Model provides a comprehensive approach to trauma recovery that is rooted in (1) multi-generational community, (2) Immanuel lifestyle, and (3) relational brain skill training. This workshop provides an overview of these core elements of the Life Model.
Forming Quick Start Student License and Videos (video) by:David Takle
Forming offers new hope for individuals who desire to deepen their personal relationship with God. This course is an entry point to Connexus/Thriving Recover Your Life and aims to ignite a passion for a personal relationship with Jesus for participants and to provide the necessary guidance and opportunities for people to experience God more fully. *additional training required with this license
Belonging Prepaid Student License and Video (video) by:Ed Khouri
Belonging is the joy we create around us. Belonging is the second class in the Connexus/Thriving Recover Your Life series. Prerequisite: Restarting OR Forming. *Additional training included in price.
Belonging Quick Start Student License and Video (video) by:Ed Khouri
Belonging is the joy we create around us. Belonging is the second class in the Connexus/Thriving Recover Your Life series. Prerequisite: Restarting OR Forming. *Additional training purchases required.
THRIVE Track III Lectures: Applied Strategy (video) by:Jim Wilder
Continue training in this concluding lecture series with Dr. Jim Wilder, genius behind the Life Model and the necessary skills for strategic interventions for the five levels of pain in the brain. Dr. Karl Lehman demonstrates recorded actual healing from various levels of pain.
Forming Prepaid Student License and Video (video) by:David Takle
Forming offers new hope for individuals who desire to deepen their personal relationship with God. This course is an entry point to Connexus/Thriving Recover Your Life and aims to ignite a passion for a personal relationship with Jesus for participants and to provide the necessary guidance and opportunities for people to experience God more fully. *additional training INCLUDED with this license
Forming Facilitator Training DVD (video) by:David Takle
Facilitators will benefit from training that will change them as they prepare to serve other. The Forming Facilitator Training Video includes two DVD’s.
Thriving and Synchronization (article) by: E James Wilder, Chris Coursey
Why synchronization is a brain skill that needs to be trained. Synchronization is an essential and often overlooked brain skill for leaders and parents. Learn the logic behind the THRIVE training program.
Diagnosing Pain From a Failure to Thrive (article) by: E James Wilder
How to use the Life Model to determine the best point of intervention and resources needed for recovery.
Maturity: chapter zero (article) by: E James Wilder
An excerpt on Maturity from chapter zero of The Complete Guide to Living With Men
Breve Etapas de Maduracion (article) by: E James Wilder
An excerpt on Maturity from chapter zero of The Complete Guide to Living With Men.
Needs and Tasks by Maturity Stage (assessment) by: Wilder, Poole, et al
An excerpt from the Life Model Study Guide that shows the needs and tasks for each of the maturity stages.
Infant and Child Task Checklist (assessment) by: Maribeth Poole
A detailed list of infant and child level needs and tasks that can be checked as a personal inventory.
Adult Stage Pre-Marriage Survey (assessment) by: Wilder, Ken Smith
Checklist of adult-level tasks that prepare a person for marriage. Also includes a second checklist tailored to men.
Maturity Stage Survey (assessment) by: E James Wilder
Checklist for maturity level tasks from the back of the revised Life Model Study Guide.
Pain Lab (confmtl) by: E James Wilder
A learning laboratory for effectively dealing with pain.
Christian Community Based Care (confmtl) by: E James Wilder
A model of what care should look like in a Christian Community first presented to the Christian Society for Healing Dissociative Disorders in 1996.
Bonding and Dissociation Handout (confmtl) by: E James Wilder
This handout goes with the Bonding and Dissociation three DVD set. To find the DVD set check materials or shopping.
Facilitator Guide for Life Model Study Groups (handout) by: Community of Grace Church, Hayward CA
A very thorough guide for facilitating a 26-week Life Model Study Group, developed at Community of Grace Church in Hayward, CA. (available through our On-Line Download Library)
Five to Thrive (handout) by: E James Wilder
Summary handout for the Five to Thrive presentation at Cornerstone in Canada.
Conflict Resolution Through Mindsight And Godsight (handout) by: E James Wilder
One page summary of how mindsight and Godsight aid in healthy conflict resolution
Couples Fear Bond Exercise (handout) by: E James Wilder
Questions and Exercises to help couples evaluate any fear bonds that might exist in their relationship.
Mature Identity Resource Guide (handout) by: Jim Martini
Bibliography of resources to assist development of a muture (level 4) identity, broken down into several categories.
True Identity Revealed (handout) by: Maribeth Poole
A worksheet to help you understand how some of your stronger negative emotions may actually point to the good identity that Jesus gave you.
Maturity Needs and Tasks (handout)
Table showing needs and tasks at each stage of maturity. Summarized from The Complete Guide to Living With Men.
1 Maturity Overview Kona (handout) by: Kitty Wilder
First lesson IBC with Kitty Wilder
2 Infant Maturity Build Joy (handout) by: Kitty
IBC lesson 2 with Kitty Wilder
3 Infant Maturity Return to Joy (handout) by: Kitty
IBC lesson 3 with Kitty Wilder.
4 Child Maturity Kona (handout) by: Kitty
IBC lesson 4 with Kitty Wilder.
5 Adult Maturity Kona (handout) by: Kitty
IBC lesson 5 with Kitty Wilder
6 Parent Elder Maturity (handout)
IBC class 6 lecture with Kitty Wilder
Thriving: Recover Your Life Brochure (other)
Brochure describing the Thriving: Recover Your Life courses.
The Life Model: Russian edition (other) by: E James Wilder, et. al.
This is the Russian translation of The Life Model book. Since we are unable to secure a publisher at the present time, we are allowing readers to download a copy for free. Please do not alter the document in any way.
Reife - German (other) by: Wilder/Pomrehn
PDF File of slides on Maturity (1,253 KB download) by Joachim Pomrehn.
Problemeinder Reife (other) by: Wilder/Pomrehn
Maturity problems text file.
Reife (other) by: Wilder/Pomrehn
Maturity text file.
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