How People Change Recommendation

May 29, 2013

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Shorter than a book review but longer than a tweet, these book recommendations for the counselor’s ministry will whet your appetite to engage with books that will build your ministry by equipping you to change lives with Christ’s changeless truth.

How People Change by Tim Lane and Paul Tripp

How People Change is a classic second generation biblical counseling book. Developed by Lane and Tripp, in part from materials in a course by David Powlison, the book provides a solid overview of biblical counseling theory. The four-fold imagery of Heat + Thorns + Cross + Fruit offers an easy-to-follow biblical understanding of people, problems, and solutions.

I also appreciated their foundational material on the “Gospel Gap” (the gap between who we are via our salvation in Christ and how we tend to live day-by-day in our sanctification), and on being “Married to Christ.” I’ve always thought and taught that “false lovers of the soul” is a more biblical and relevant image of the core nature of sin than is the useful “idol of the heart” imagery.

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