Understanding What Influences Your Heart

October 5, 2016


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BCC Staff: Here is a press release for Jeremy Pierre’s new book, The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life. Jeremy’s book is a fascinating map for uncovering what the Bible teaches about human experience. Although the Bible is not organized like a modern-day “treatment planner,” that does not negate its crucial role in shaping how biblical counselors help their counselees. But for that same reason, its treasures might not be as easily seen. Jeremy’s book offers a framework for organizing the biblical data about human experience that will allow biblical counselors to see those treasures. With this framework, counselors have a way of thinking about the many variables that influence who we are and how we make lifestyle decisions. Jeremy offers us a tool to apply the “simple truths of the gospel” without being simplistic.

People with strong convictions can be notoriously bad listeners. But Christians ought to be the best at understanding the experience of others, since doing so is one of the most loving—though challenging—acts a person can do. Jeremy Pierre contends that the Bible provides the broad vision needed to understand the experience of others, particularly as we care for them.

“We tend to create divisions between the spiritual and ‘regular’ sides of life. But our problems are not just emotional or spiritual, social or spiritual, intellectual or spiritual. The countless little thoughts, feelings, and choices that make up our experience are the spiritual activity of the heart,” explains Pierre.

In The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life (New Growth Press, 2016), Pierre offers a much-needed corrective to a variety of well-meaning approaches that look at people as less than whole. “Of course it’s easier to pick a narrow angle on the human heart and focus exclusively on that,” explains Pierre. “We can readily get our minds around one aspect of the problem—perhaps faulty thinking, the role of emotions, our desire life, or simply correcting wrong actions.” But his ground-breaking book lays out a holistic understanding of who we are and how we change through a dynamic relationship with Christ. The dynamic heart must meet and be helped by the dynamic Savior every day.

The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life provides a comprehensive view of how the heart works and how Christ redeems it. Pierre’s view of counseling—forged by his experiences as a counselor, pastor, and seminary professor—equips readers to understand how everyday beliefs, desires, and commitments shape how we respond to life’s biggest struggles and how an active relationship of trust in God is the foundation for lifelong change.

Pierre’s faith-centered understanding of people combines with a Word-centered methodology to give readers a practical way to help others better understand their tough experiences and who they are in light of who Jesus is. The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life will equip pastors, ministry leaders, counselors, discipleship leaders, and other lay helpers to better love, care for, and counsel those they lead.