Running in Circles

Running in Circles

How False Spirituality Traps Us in Unhealthy Relationships

by Kim V. Engelmann
Foreword by John Ortberg

Running in Circles
  • Length: 136 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: June 28, 2007
  •  Discontinued
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-3317-7
  • Item Code: 3317
  • Case Quantity: 72

Are you stuck in a hamster wheel?

Hamster-wheel relationships keep us running in circles . . . and going nowhere. An alcoholic spouse. An emotionally abusive parent. A child that gambles. These are the kinds of relationships that can trap us in cycles of dysfunctional behavior.

Sometimes our beliefs about God are part of what keeps us stuck. There are times that God calls us to suffer. And there are times that God calls us to set aside our fears and idolatry so that we can follow him alone. This book is about God's invitations to you right in the midst of your difficult relationship. God invites you to find freedom in security in him.

Are you in a situation that feels hopeless and unchangeable? Kim Engelmann has been there in her own life. Through God's love, she found her way out. In this book she draws on her own experiences as well as the experiences of others she has counseled as a pastor. This book can help you find hope again. Are you ready to get off the wheel?

"With a tremendous mind and the pen of an artist, [Kim Engelmann] can portray deep truths about God and the soul in ways that are compelling and unforgettable. For the past three and a half years I have gotten to work alongside her and listen and learn from her, and now you do too.

"So you have received a gift. Much of the secret of life is learning to get off the hamster wheel of fruitless suffering while remaining on the Potter's wheel. Kim will help you learn the difference. Read on."

From the foreword by John Ortberg, author of God Is Closer Than You Think

"Engelmann's work is inspirational, gut-level honest, and practical. A challenging but safe guide to moving through emotional pain, Running in Circles affirms struggles worth attending to. Engelmann, in a beautiful way, encourages readers to embrace the presence of God and His plan to transform life into something better."

Christian Single, October 2007


Foreword by John Ortberg
1. Trapped in a Cycle of Pain
2. Recognizing the Hamster Wheel
3. A Gracious Intrusion
4. How False Spirituality Keeps Us Stuck
5. The Blame Game
6. What Happens When We Stop the Wheel
7. Allowing God to Mold You
8. Discovering Potter's Wheel Formation Through Prayer
9. Finding Ourselves in a New Place

Kim V. Engelmann

Kim V. Engelmann (DMin, Boston University) is senior pastor at West Valley Presbyterian Church in Cupertino, CA. Previously she served as pastor of caring ministries at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California and as associate pastor for First Congregational Church in Redwood City, California, Trinitarian Congregational Church in North Andover, Massachusetts, and The Federated Church of Ashland, Massachusetts. Her books include Seeing Jesus: Glimpses of God in My Life (2004) and three volumes that make up The Joona Trilogy (1995). She also writes the Conversation Guide in the journal, Conversations.