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Biblical Counseling Books for 2017

February 23, 2017

The year ahead holds a lot of wonderful titles written by biblical counselors.  Below is a sample of 2017 biblical counseling books and their descriptions.

Christian Life Issues: The Beginning of the Journey (A Commentary based on John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress) By Dr. Wayne Mack (January, Focus)

This, the first of two volumes, teaches what the Bible says about how a person becomes a Christian and the true nature of the Christian life. It contains an exposition and application of chapters 1-5 of The Pilgrim’s Progress. Volume Two will unpack Christian life issues that believers face through the remainder of their lives. Chapters 6-17 will be examined, exposited and applied biblically.

In the Aftermath: Past the Pain of Childhood Sexual Abuse By Pamela Gannon and Beverly Moore (February, Focus)

Studies show that thousands of children are sexually abused in the US every year; most by someone they know and trust. Being abused by a known trusted older person adds to a child’s devastation of the pain and terror they experience.

Adult victims of CSA have tried looking for answers within themselves or other people’s thoughts and theories but have not found the hope and help they are seeking.  That is because the only true and lasting hope, joy and peace are not found within us, but in God who created us.  This book will point you directly to God’s Word where you will find His comfort and peace.

How Not to Raise and Addict By Mark Shaw (February, Focus)

No one can predict if a child will grow up to be an “addict” of some kind.  An “addiction gene” has not been discovered, and there is no compelling evidence linking addiction to a brain disease or disorder.  A child becomes addicted by personal choice and is 100% responsible for the first decision to abuse an addictive substance.  However, parenting skills (or lack thereof) have a direct impact upon your children.

This booklet gives an overview of the five basic mentalities of “addictive” thinking.  There are dangerous mindsets that children can develop that will likely lead to addictive choices and behavior.  Most often, parents acting in love for their children, don’t realize how much they may be contributing to the mindsets described here.

Written in the spirit of C.S. Lewis and his “Screwtape Letters”, here is a “What Not to Do” for parents in training their children at any age.  It is never too late.

How Does Sanctification Work? by David Powlison (March, Crossway)

Arguing against a reductionist view of sanctification, this book offers wisdom to help us minister to others in a deeper way in light of the specific ways Scripture conforms us into the image of Jesus Christ.

Anger and Stress Management God’s Way by Wayne A. Mack (April, P&R)

Anger and stress affect each of us every day—even if we aren’t feeling them ourselves, we come into contact with people who are. But their commonplace nature shouldn’t cause us to shrug them away. Anger and stress are both destroyers, and they must be controlled before they bring devastating harm.

Mack exhorts us: “You don’t have to be overcome and destroyed by ungodly anger or stress. By God’s grace, you can be an overcomer.”

Of all the resources available to us, the Bible contains the most trustworthy and helpful guidance on how to handle ungodly anger and stress. Internationally respected and experienced biblical counselor Wayne Mack shows how to turn to God’s Word to find help, explaining principles that can be adopted for lasting positive change.

Includes study questions and evaluation materials.

Think Again: Relief from the Burden of Introspection by Jared Mellinger (April, New Growth Press)

Evaluating yourself is necessary and can lead to positive change, but there can be a dark side to introspection where you are weighed down and exhausted by your own self analysis. Jared Mellinger, a pastor and self-confessed struggler with introspection holds out the hope of the gospel for those like him who overdose on false guilt, fruitless self-examination, and self-accusation. He points readers to the only long-term solution to thinking too much about ourselves – having our attention drawn away from ourselves and fixed on Christ.

Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage: Critical Questions and Answers by Jim Newheiser (July, P&R)

What constitutes a valid marriage? How should you go about finding a spouse? Is there a purpose to engagement? Why, and under what circumstances, does God permit divorce? Is abuse a ground for divorce? When is remarriage advisable?

When it comes to counseling related to marriage, remarriage, and divorce, the questions and issues can be especially complex. But we can turn confidently to the Word of God for answers, knowing that it will speak to every situation with profound wisdom. Drawing on decades of marriage counseling experience, Newheiser explores questions relating to marriage—unpacking the answers given in God’s Word. This useful reference work for pastors or counselors can also be read straight through for a scriptural overview of the topic or assigned in small sections to counselees.

Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life  by Robert W. Kellemen (August, New Growth Press)

Martin Luther not only reformed theology; Luther reformed pastoral counseling. Through lively vignettes, real-life stories, and direct quotes from Luther, Counseling Under the Cross equips us to apply the gospel richly, relevantly, and robustly to suffering and sin so that we find our hope and help in Christ alone.

 

A Small Book about a Big Problem: Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace by Edward T. Welch (CCEF) (September, New Growth Press)

Biblical counselor and psychologist Ed Welch invites readers through a series of meditations designed to unpack anger and help readers become more skillful at responding with patience to life’s difficulties. Along the way, readers will be introduced to Jesus, the Prince of Peace–the only one who can empower his people to grow in patience, peace, and wholeness.

The Complete Husband: A Practical Guide for Improved Biblical Husbanding by Lou Priolo (September, P&R)

Being a consistently biblical husband is not for the faint of heart! God has given husbands huge responsibilities to their wives, but the good news is that God also gives husbands the grace and resources to obey his commands. In The Complete Husband, experienced biblical counselor Lou Priolo delves deep into the skills, goals, and attitudes a God-honoring husband must develop, giving practical advice throughout. If you’ve ever wondered how to best protect, please, and lead your wife, how to communicate with her, how to disagree with her—even how to talk to her!—you will find comprehensive guidance here. Yes, being a biblical husband is not for the faint of heart—but those who boldly follow God’s Word will reap great and lasting benefits in their marriages.

Preparing Children for Marriage: How to Teach God’s Good Design for Marriage, Sex, Purity, and Dating by Joshua R. Mulvihill (September, P&R)

Your children will make few decisions more important than their decision to marry. But they must make other choices before then—decisions about purity, dating, and their roles as men and women. Are they prepared? In this highly practical guide, Joshua Mulvihill lays out a biblically grounded plan for preparing young children for later challenges. Our culture is zealous in reaching children with its own take on sex and marriage, but shouldn’t we be able to talk about these things and their place in God’s larger narrative? Parents, grandparents, and others in the church will learn how to bring the truth home by starting the conversation with their children early—and returning to it often.

Letters to a Romantic: On Dating by Sean Perron and Spencer Harmon (September, P&R)

Whether or not you’re currently dating someone, if you’re a young person thinking about romance, you probably have a lot of questions. Who should you date? How do you turn down an unwanted date, navigate a first date, or break up with someone? Is kissing OK? Is marriage really for you?

The Bible is sufficient to help you to think through the concerns of singleness and dating, and it has crucial things to say about the thoughts, attitudes, actions, and situations that commonly arise in this exciting stage of life. In friendly, practical letters, Sean and Spencer (and sometimes their wives, Jenny and Taylor) explore God’s Word for answers on singleness, the start of a relationship, and tough dating situations, from breakups to broken boundaries. Their biblical insights will help you to make informed decisions on the road ahead.

Letters to a Romantic: On Engagement by Sean Perron and Spencer Harmon (September, P&R)

Engagement! If you’ve reached this point, you already know a thing or two about navigating a romantic relationship. But this in-between period raises new questions: How should you and your intended make decisions together? How can you handle all the advice you’re getting? Should you just elope? What if you’re beginning to think you shouldn’t marry after all?

The pressure is intense, the anticipation is great—and God’s Word is crucial for you to hear right now. Sean and Spencer (and sometimes their wives, Jenny and Taylor) have written short letters to you full of biblical wisdom for this exciting stage of life. Direct and to the point, they answer these questions and many more, from the details of wedding planning to the big picture of your future lifelong relationship.

Find clarity amid engagement and come to your marriage prepared!

Description and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications  By Michael R. Emlet (CCEF) (October, New Growth Press)

OCD, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder . . . Christians can’t afford to simply dismiss these categories, nor can we afford to accept the entire secular psychiatric diagnostic and treatment enterprise at face value. Instead, we need a balanced, biblically (and scientifically!) informed approach. Biblical counselor and physician, Mike Emlet, leads lay and professional helpers through the thicket of mental health labels and treatments in a clear, thoughtful, primer on how the Bible guides us through discussions of psychiatric labels and the medications that are often recommended based on those labels.

She’s Got the Wrong Guy: Why Smart Women Settle by Deepak Reju (October, New Growth Press)

Deepak Reju, writing from his years of experience as a pastor and a counselor, shares with women his perspective on how to assess a relationship’s strengths from the beginning, how to identity possible pitfalls, and how to have the courage to not just “settle” but to wait for a relationship that will be a blessing to both.

Sexual Identity: Walking with Strugglers in a Changing World by Harvest USA, editor R. Nicholas Black  (October, New Growth Press)

Now more than ever God’s people need to respond in a biblical, wise, and compassionate way to those who struggle with same-sex attraction in the church and also in the wider gay community. This book is the resource you need to help you frame a biblical response to same sex attraction that is formed by the gospel of Jesus Christ, based on the truth of God’s word and the love of God for all who are far off, and given momentum with practical directions for building honest relationships. personal stories of how a living relationship with Jesus brings life and hope.

Departing in Peace: Biblical Decision Making at the End of Life by Bill Davis (October, P&R)

With the dramatic advance of medical technology, Christians are increasingly likely to be asked to decide whether to discontinue life-sustaining medical treatment for aged or very young family members—and possibly other loved ones involved in accidents. Christians also ought to consider what instructions to leave regarding their own treatment. Often these decisions create deep anxiety: Does God command us to take all possible steps to preserve life? Is declining treatment tantamount to murder (or suicide)?

As an elder and hospital ethics consultant, Bill Davis has talked, walked, and prayed with people through more than thirty end-of-life situations. Laying a sound scriptural foundation, he argues that Christians can be strongly pro-life yet rightfully decline burdensome or ineffective medical treatments. Providing a variety of case studies and biblical, ethical insight, Davis guides readers on making difficult decisions for themselves and others, preparing Advance Directives, and facing new realities in American hospitals.


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