God's Healing for Life's Losses: How to Find Hope When You're Hurting
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Number of Pages: 114
Vendor: B M H Books
Publication Date: 2010
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Tell us a little about yourself. I graduated with my BS in Pastoral Ministry from Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, PA., my Th.M. in Theology and Biblical Counseling from Grace Seminary in Winona Lake, IN, and my Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Kent State University. I am also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). I pastored three churches in Ohio and Maryland. For over a dozen years, I was the Chairman of the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling and Discipleship Department at Capital Bible Seminary. I am now the Professor-at-Large for that program. In my role as Founder and CEO of RPM Ministries, I write, speak, and consult about Christ-centered, comprehensive, compassionate, and culturally-informed biblical counseling and spiritual formation. I am the Executive Director of the Center for Church Equipping for the Association of Biblical Counselors. Additionally, he serves as the Launch Director for the new Biblical Counseling Coalition.
What was your motivation behind this project? My ministry to real people with real hurts motivated me to write Gods Healing for Lifes Losses. People quickly grow weary of Christian books that pretend. Theyre tired of Christian counselors and well-meaning friends who dispense far too much happiness all the time, wonderful peace of mind. Theyre also gravely disappointed when the answers to their questions about suffering reflect more of the wisdom of the world than of the truth of Gods Word. The purpose of the book, as the title and sub-title suggest, is to assist people on their grief and growth journey to find Gods healing hope in their hurts and losses.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? In a biblical sentence: you can grieve with hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13). Gods Healing for Lifes Losses gives readers permission to grieve and offers a pathway toward hope. I want people to see their suffering from Gods perspective without denying the reality that suffering still hurts. What would I like readers to take away? The title and subtitle say it best. Id like readers to walk away with Gods healing hope.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Throughout God's Healing for Life's Losses I share my story of my grief process over the death of my father. In many ways I "worked through" again the process of moving through hurt to God's healing hope.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Sometimes the second we hear words like loss and grief, our minds focus exclusively on death and dying. Gods Healing for Lifes Losses focuses on any type of lossfrom the grand loss of death, to the daily casket experiences of the loss of a job, the loss of a dream, the loss of a relationship So anyone struggling with any life loss would benefit from reading Gods Healing. Gods Healing for Lifes Losses also equips spiritual friends, pastors, and counselors. When were helping hurting people, it can get messy and confusing. A few handles, a few road markers on the journey sure would help. Thats what Gods Healing for Lifes Losses offers. It provides a map without becoming a straight-jacket. It suggests eight directional markers that become something of a GPSGods Positioning Systemfor the grief and growth journey.