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A few months ago I wrote Why Apologists Should Read Biblical Counseling Books.  This is another one that I recommend for everyone for those going through suffering and those counseling those who are suffering…and also for apologists to be more balanced.

Paul David Tripp. Suffering: Eternity Makes a Difference.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, April 1st 2001. 31 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This is a biblical counseling booklet on suffering written by the Biblical counselor Paul Tripp.  It is a part of a series called “Resources for Changing Lives” printed by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing that I highly recommend and have found very beneficial for my own personal spiritual growth and also as a resource in pastoral ministry.  I recommend this booklet for those who are going through suffering, those who are ministering to those who are suffering and those who are Christians…because we will all go through suffering in our lives.

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Pastors, church leaders and biblical counselors, this is a much needed resource you need to get along with Domestic Abuse: Recognize, Respond, Rescue.

Darby A. Strickland. Domestic Abuse: Help for the Sufferer.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, May 31st 2018. 56 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This is from a biblical counseling series called “Resources for Changing Lives” printed by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing.  The author has written two booklets in this series on domestic abuse and this specific work is addressed to the abused spouse.  I am glad that is the case since the booklet covers a difficult topic that many pastors and churches might not have thought through about seeing the various controversies in recent years with pastors, churches and spiritual leaders and how they addressed or neglected the issue of abuse.

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I haven’t recently have these kinds of post that puts things into bite size memorable ditties but I thought it would be good to post this one in light of some heavy counseling I have been doing recently in ministry.

There comes a point with those who are in serious rebellion against God where their wicked lifstyle is going to incur grave consequences that I start warning them with a passage from Proverbs 13:15: “Good understanding produces favor, But the way of the treacherous is hard.”  I usually start using this verse as one of the last things I say to those who willfully choose a path that is wrong.  Here’s a little rhyme to drive the point home and hopefully make the person remember how serious this is:

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When asked what books Christian apologists should read the average Christian would think of works like Josh McDowell’s Evidence That Demands A Verdict and other books by popular Christian apologists such as Ravi Zacharias, J. Warner Wallace, William Lane Craig, etc.  Works on Christian apologetics have their place.  But Christian apologists should also read more broadly works covering other areas of the Christian intellectual life and the Christian life in general.  One such area that Christian apologists should consider reading works on is biblical counseling.

Why?

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David A. Powlison.  Overcoming Anxiety: Relief for Worried People.  Greensboro, NC: New Growth  Press, December 17th 2012. 16 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This was a helpful and edifying booklet.  I do enjoy these biblical counseling “minibooks” since they pack so much good contents in so little space.  It is biblical, practical and Gospel driven.  While individual titles may vary in terms of how good it is, this particular title on anxiety authored by David Powlison has not only proven to be personally helpful but also serve as a helpful resources for biblical counselors, pastors, disciplers and peer to peer Christian accountability and fellowship going over the issue of anxiety and worrying.  Relatively inexpensive, you get your bang for your buck.

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Biblical Counseling: Parenting Rebels and Apostates

Selected Scriptures

 

Establish the need: What do you do when your kids are in rebellion and/or are becoming or have become apostates?

Purpose: Today we shall look at seven points to consider in regards to parenting children who are in rebellion and apostating so that we handle the crisis in a way that pleases our Savior.

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Robert Jones. Why Worry?: Getting to the Heart of Your Anxiety.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, January 31, 2018. 32 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This is a new booklet that is part of a biblical counseling booklet series called “Resources for Changing Lives” that is printed by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing.  It addresses the topic of worrying, a topic that many people unfortunately know too well (myself included).

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