Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling: Changing Lives with God's Changeless Truth  -     By: James MacDonald, Bob Kellemen, Stephen Viars
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Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling: Changing Lives with God's Changeless Truth

Harvest House Publishers / 2013 / Hardcover

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28 chapters blend theological wisdom and practical expertise. The first half of the book emphasizes a practical theology of biblical counseling; the second half highlights a practical methodology of biblical counseling.

Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling is a comprehensive guide that will equip God's people to use biblical truth to change lives. More than that, this book will increase people's confidence in the sufficiency and relevancy of God's Word to address real-life issues in a multitude of counseling situations. Readers of this book will:
  • Understand clearly why they should embrace biblical counseling
  • Be encouraged to trust God's Word to provide rich insight for living in the midst of even the most difficult challenges
  • Enjoy the relevant, pastoral, and theological teaching they have come to appreciate from such noted authors as James MacDonald, John Piper, Mark Dever, and Elyse Fitzpatrick
Though accessible to all Christians, the book will especially appeal to pastors and church leaders, counseling practitioners, students, and educators.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 464
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0736951458
ISBN-13: 9780736951456
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Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling is a comprehensive guide that will equip God's people to use biblical truth to change lives. More than that, this book will increase people's confidence in the sufficiency and relevancy of God's Word to address real-life issues in a multitude of counseling situations. Readers of this book will:

  • Understand clearly why they should embrace biblical counseling
  • Be encouraged to trust God's Word to provide rich insight for living in the midst of even the most difficult challenges
  • Enjoy the relevant, pastoral, and theological teaching they have come to appreciate from such noted authors as James MacDonald, John Piper, Mark Dever, and Elyse Fitzpatrick

The 28 chapters blend theological wisdom and practical expertise. The first half of the book emphasizes a practical theology of biblical counseling; the second half highlights a practical methodology of biblical counseling.

Though accessible to all Christians, the book will especially appeal to pastors and church leaders, counseling practitioners, students, and educators.

Author Bio

James MacDonald is senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel, a multisite church in Illinois. In addition, his Walk in the Word broadcast reaches more than three million people weekly. James's ministry also includes a biblical counseling center, a training center for pastors, and a Christian school. Bob Kellemen, ThM, PhD, is the executive director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition (www.biblicalcounselingcoalition.org), the executive director of the Association of Biblical Counselors' Center for Church Equipping, and the founder and CEO of RPM Ministries (www.rpmministries.org). Bob has pastored three churches and has chaired the MA in Christian Counseling and Discipleship department at Capital Bible Seminary for 17 years. Bob and his wife, Shirley (a kindergarten teacher), have been married for more than 30 years. They have two adult children, one daughter-in-law, and one granddaughter. Dr. Kellemen is the author of nine books, including Equipping Counselors for Your Church. Stephen Viars earned his DMin degree in biblical counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and has served as a pastor and biblical counselor for more than 20 years at Faith Baptist Church and Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries in Lafayette, Indiana. He serves as the president of the board of the Biblical Counselors Coalition, the vice president of the board of National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, and is a frequent speaker at conferences, colleges, and seminaries in the United States and abroad.

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  1. Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Pure Gold. We all need to study counseling.
    March 18, 2013
    Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is a necessity for every Christian, Pastors especially but not exclusively. We all need to study counseling. I knew from the introduction that this was going to be an excellent book. John Piper's beginning chapter "The Glory of God: The goal of Biblical Counseling" was pure gold. Dr. Piper defines Christ centered counseling for us and sets a high standard that the rest of this 480 page book maintains. "Biblical counseling is the God-centered, Bible-saturated, emotionally-in-touch use of language to help people become God-besotted, Christ-exalting, joyfully self-forgetting lovers of people." Pure Gold.

    Listen to a sampling from the rest of this volume: "Our role as biblical counselors is to remind broken people of the Gospel script. We're soldiers in a battle standing back to back as spiritual friends speaking God's truth in Love. We provide grace narratives with discernment, using the weapon of truth to take down enemy lies and take captive enemy plans."

    "It doesn't matter if we have helped people feel better emotionally or improved some aspect of their situation if they are no closer to Christ when the process is concluded."

    "(What our counselees need) is to be formed into the image of Jesus. He needs to learn to abide in Christ so that the life of the Savior flows through and empowers everything he thinks, says, and does. He needs all kinds of things, but fundamentally, he needs to learn what it means to walk in a life giving relationship with Jesus."

    "Dependence must be on the Divine relationship, not on any human one. As a counselor, you must demonstrate this explicitly by your dependence upon the LORD. Let the people you counsel hear frequently of your dependence upon the Lord for wisdom and your confidence that He alone grants it out of His abundant generosity."

    "Biblical counselors serve others well by leading them to the throne room."

    "(Counseling) Should reflect the price paid by Christ, God's work in building a Holy temple, and an awareness of the Holy Spirit's presence for, with, and in this counselee."

    We must love those we counsel with "An awareness of the unity shared between family members in God's household-which of course should reflect the unity of the Trinity."

    "As a Biblical counselor, how do you view your counselees? A well rounded approach is to consider each believer a Sinner, Sufferer and Saint."

    "We join them in acknowledging with candor that life is bad. We listen to their earthly story. We enter deeply and personally into the reality that the world is fallen and it often falls on us..."

    "Sustaining says, 'Its normal to hurt.' Healing says 'Its possible to hope.' Sustaining provides empathetic permission to grieve. Healing offers encouragement to grow. Sustaining faces the fact that life is bad. Healing reminds people that God is good. Sustaining listens to the earthly story. Healing listens together to God's eternal, heavenly story...We should listen with both ears: One to our friend's temporal stories of hurt, and the other to our Father's heavenly stories of hope. Biblical counseling resides in both worlds."

    All of authors who gave of their wisdom for this volume are respected pastors and/or counselors, and there is so much truth to chew on in this book.

    Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling is a book is well worth reading. I am so grateful to Harvest House for sending me this book to review.
  2. jpv139
    Chaffee, NY
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good material that is a compilation of other books
    March 7, 2013
    jpv139
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    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The whole of the material is biblically accurate, comprehensive and follows the Biblical Nouthetic principles of counseling throughout the text. There is, however, a brush stoke of secular philosophical-secular thinking and while not profoundly explicit, never the less it is there. This is my choice, if asked for my recommendation as a reference book available, obviously along with the Bible, for Biblical Counseling. There is only one shortcoming in the selection of writers that have contributed their expertise in biblical counseling, and that is Dr. Mark Shaw. Dr. Shaw has contributed more Biblical resources on hope and help to those struggling with "addictions", then I have read and discovered.
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