Created for Significance
Discovering Our Human Core Longings, Who Defines Us, and How We Reverse Identity Theft
About the Book
We need answers—answers that are sure and dependable, answers that bring goodness and contentment. Today, perhaps more than ever before, the human condition has been confused and in turmoil. We are longing for essential aspects to fulfill our needs, but often fall short of the true fulfillment. We are created with core longings that were designed to be ultimately fulfilled by God. However, we have been hurt by bad relationships, abuse and neglect, unfulfilled promises, and shortcomings of our own contrived pursuits. As we begin the Created For series, we will introduce these six core longings and begin with the focus on significance. My prayer is that you will find healing for your soul and restoration for your spirit.
“Dr. Robert Shaw has spent his life in the people-helping business. He has a unique ability to key in on the many dynamics of the human condition and the biblical answers that can help individuals become all that God truly intends them to be. In this work, he introduces and expounds upon human core longings: love, significance, security, understanding, purpose, and belonging. In a culture that has become narcissistic and driven by ‘what’s in it for me,’ Dr. Shaw reveals what it means to live a truly meaningful life based on identifying and honoring these God-given core longings. In your quest for the experience of the truth as revealed in Scripture and most importantly in Christ, this work will provide you with a clear pathway to genuine satisfaction from the inside out in a way that brings glory to the One who created you for eternal significance.” —Mark J. Chironna, MA, Ph.D., Senior Pastor and Life Coach, Church on the Living Edge, Orlando, Florida
“Dr. Shaw writes with eloquent simplicity on a complex matter of God’s creative design. He has gathered nuggets of truth and packaged them for both scholarly and practical consumption, as a source of being reminded of our God-given significance. As a consummate clinician and a devout minister of the gospel, he possesses a rare capacity to write with a full measure of the spiritual savvy to discern and articulate timeless truths with grace and contemporary relevance. Everyone will be well served to drink deeply from this well of wisdom.” —Adrian F. Starks, Senior Pastor, World Victory International Christian Center, Greensboro, North Carolina
About the Author
Christian counselor and minister Dr. Robert B. Shaw, Jr. is a Licensed Professional Counselor, dually licensed in Virginia and North Carolina, and is a National Board Certified Counselor. He is also an ordained minister, serving as a youth pastor, Christian education director, adult education director, musician, and executive pastor in churches in New Jersey, Colorado, Maryland, and currently in North Carolina, for over thirty-five years. He has also been a middle school and high school teacher and athletic coach in both the public and private school environments. Dr. Shaw has spent several years counseling in church settings and community agencies and with military personnel and their families (near Fort Bragg, NC) and specializes in trauma-related issues, addictions, victims of abuse, depression, anxiety disorders, life adjustment issues, loss and grief, counseling church leaders and pastors, and adolescents and adults. Dr. Shaw is a unique prophetic voice in the kingdom, caring for hurting people and serving as an adjunct professor for a Christian university, an author, and a conference speaker. Dr. Shaw has a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Wagner College, New York; a master of divinity degree from Christian International Theological School, Florida; a master of arts in professional counseling from Liberty University, Virginia; and a doctor of ministry degree in formational counseling, a practical theology, from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ohio; and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counseling (AACC) and a National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC). Dr. Shaw and his wife, Lorinda, have been married since 1978, and have raised five children together. He is also enjoys running, sports, the beach, traveling, and spending time with family.