A Classic; Still Richly Relevant
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.
Dynamics of Spiritual Life by Richard Lovelace
Dynamics of Spiritual Life—is a theology book—theology related to Christian living—which is what biblical counseling is also all about.
Lovelace’s subtitle communicates a great deal: An Evangelical Theology of Renewal. Another way of putting this would be that this book provides a practical theology of the spiritual life. It offers a biblical theology of sanctification—of growth in grace.
It offers what is too often missing in theology texts—relating theology to life. It offers what is too often missing in counseling books—theology for life.
It focuses on what I call “spiritual theology”—the “bridge” discipline that is based on the “What?” of academic theology and moves to the “So What?” of daily Christian living, and the “What Now” of biblical counseling.
One cannot claim the mantle of “Christian/biblical counselor” without a growing depth of insight into a theology of the Christian life—salvation and sanctification.
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