Best Christian Pastoral Counseling Books
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1. Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life
Author: by Henry Cloud
Boundaries is the book that’s helped over 4 million people learn when to say yes and know how to say no in order to take control of their lives. Does your life feel like it’s out of control? Perhaps you feel like you have to say yes to everyone’s requests.
Maybe you find yourself readily taking responsibility for others’ feelings and problems. Or perhaps you focus so much on being loving and unselfish that you’ve forgotten your own limits and limitations. Or maybe it’s all of the above. In the New York Times bestseller, Boundaries, Drs.
Henry Cloud and John Townsend help you learn when to say yes and know how to say no in order to take control of your life and set healthy, biblical boundaries with your spouse, children, friends, parents, co-workers, and even yourself.
Now updated and expanded for the digital age, this book continues to help millions of people around the world answer these tough questions:Can I set limits and still be a loving person? What are legitimate boundaries? How do I effectively manage my digital life so that it doesn’t control me?
2. Forgiving What You Can't Forget Study Guide: Discover How to Move On, Make Peace with Painful Memories, and Create a Life That's Beautiful Again
Author: by Lysa TerKeurst
Why should I have to be the one who forgives when I’m the one who has already suffered the most? We know God commands us to forgive. But how, when the hurt plays over and over in our mind? And why, when we have already suffered so much?
And, are there exceptions, such as when the other person keeps inflicting pain? Lysa TerKeurst has walked this journey, carrying so many wounds that felt unforgivable, that she at first refused to write these lessons! But after more than 1,000 hours of theological study, Lysa has discovered that Scripture not only offers the truth about forgiveness that our souls desperately need, but practical ways to let go of our bound-up resentment and finally heal.
Lysa says about these sessions, If you were to ask me, of all the Bible lessons I’ve taught, which are my favorites?These would be it. In Forgiving What You Can’t Forget, with deep empathy and therapeutic insight, Lysa helps us: Learn how to move on when the other person refuses to change and never says they’re sorry.
3. Out of the Cave: Stepping into the Light when Depression Darkens What You See
Author: by Chris Hodges
Do you feel guilt and shame about negative thoughts and emotions and your inability to overcome them? Bestselling author and pastor Chris Hodges helps those struggling with depression find liberating solutions by drawing from the life of the prophet Elijah.
You might be asking, Should a Christian even be having these struggles? Depression is the number one health issue in the world today, yet those who suffer are still sometimes stigmatizedespecially followers of Jesus. Many assume God’s peace, power, and protection should prevent us from ever feeling anxious, depressed, and afraid.
But the Bible teaches otherwise, particularly in its depiction of the life of the Old Testament prophet Elijah. In Out of the Cave, Chris Hodges uses Elijah’s life to show us that everyone is susceptible to depression. Even when we’re walking closely with God, we can still stumble and get lost in the wilderness of tangled emotions.
But we don’t have to stay there, because we serve a God who meets us in the darkness. Out of the Cave helps usremove the stigma of depression and realize we’re not alone;understand the ways our temperament and view of God affect the way we handle depression; andlearn a comprehensive approach to wellnessmind, body, and soulfrom Elijah’s journey.
4. Just for Today: Daily Meditations for Recovering Addicts
Author: by Narcotics Anonymous World Services
The twelve steps and Twelve traditions reprinted for adaptation by permission of AA World Services, Inc.T.P.Verso.
5. Celebrate Recovery Updated Participant's Guide Set, Volumes 1-4: A Recovery Program Based on Eight Principles from the Beatitudes
Author: by John Baker
Alcoholism – Divorce – Sexual Abuse – Codependency – Domestic Violence – Drug Addiction – Sexual Addiction – Food Addiction – Gambling Addiction. Move beyond your hurts, habits, and hang-ups to experience the forgiveness of Christ. The Journey Begins Participant Guides are essential tools in the Celebrate Recovery program for your personal recovery journey.
These four guides by Pastor John Baker walk you through the eight recovery principles, drawn from the Beatitudes, upon which the 12-step Celebrate Recovery program is built. This shrink-wrapped pack includes all four participant’s guides for the Celebrate Recovery Program: Guide 1: Stepping Out of Denial Guide 2: Taking an Honest and Spiritual Inventory Guide 3: Getting Right with God Guide 4: Growing in Christ By working through the lessons and exercises found in each of the four Participant’s Guides, you will begin to experience the true peace and serenity you have been seeking, restore and develop stronger relationships with others and with God, and find freedom from life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups.
6. Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament
Author: by Mark Vroegop
Crossway (March 21, 2019)
This book seeks to restore the lost art of lament in order to help readers discover the power of honest wrestling with the questions that come with grief and suffering.Item_weight:8.41 ounces
7. It's Not Supposed to Be This Way Study Guide: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered
Author: by Lysa TerKeurst
What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful? Lysa TerKeurst unveils her heart amid shattering circumstances and shows readers how to live assured when life doesn’t turn out like they expected.
Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness.
Lysa understands this deeply. But she’s also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. In It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa invites us into her own journey of faith and, with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor, helps us to:Stop being pulled into the anxiety of disappointment by discovering how to better process unmet expectations and other painful situations.
Train ourselves to recognize the three strategies of the enemy so we can stand strong and persevere through unsettling relationships and uncertain outcomes. Discover the secret of being steadfast and not panicking when God actually does give us more than we can handle.
8. Unwanted: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing
Author: by Jay Stringer
Outreach magazine 2018 Resource of the YearCounseling & Relationships! Unwanted: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing is a ground-breaking resource that explores the why behind self-destructive sexual choices. The book is based on research from over 3,800 men and women seeking freedom from unwanted sexual behavior, be that the use of pornography, an affair, or buying sex.Jay Stringer’s (M.
Div, MA, LMHC) original research found that unwanted sexual behavior can be both shaped by and predicted based on the parts of our storypast and presentthat remain unaddressed. When we pay attention to our unwanted sexual desires and identify the unique reasons that trigger them, the path of healing is revealed.
Although many of us feel ashamed and unwanted after years of sexual brokenness, the book invites the reader to see that behavior as the very location God can most powerfully work in their lives. Counselors, pastors, and accountability partners of those who experience sexual shame will also find in this book the deep spiritual and psychological guidance they need to effectively minister to the sexually broken around them.
9. Get Your Life Back: Everyday Practices for a World Gone Mad
Author: by John Eldredge
A REFRESHINGLY SIMPLE GUIDE TO RECOVER YOUR LIFE! In Get Your Life Back, New York Times bestselling author John Eldredge provides a practical, simple, and refreshing guide to taking your life back. By practicing a few wonderfully simple practicesor what John calls gracesyou can begin to recover your soul, disentangle from the tragedies of this broken world, and discover the restorative power of beauty.
Ask yourself: Are you happy most of the time? Do you feel deeply loved? Are you excited about your future? How often do you feel lighthearted? After reading this book you will Learn how to insert the One Minute Pause into your dayBegin practicing benevolent detachment and truly let it all goOffer kindness toward yourself in the choices you makeDrink in the simple beauty available to you every dayTake realistic steps to unplug from technology overloadThese simple practices and others are ready for the taking.
You don’t need to abandon your life to get it back. Begin restoring your life here and now. Your soul will thank you for it.
10. The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times
Author: by Robert J. Morgan
Bestselling author Robert Morgan offers ten strategies for dealing with hard times and discouragements in order to move from fear to faitha divine protocol for handling life. Red Sea Rules has been updated with new study questions. Life is hard, especially for Christians.
It is certain that we will face difficulties and that God will allow them. But just as certain is the fact that the same God who led us in will lead us out. As The Red Sea Rules makes comfortingly clear, He is in control.
Using the Israelites’ story in Exodus 14 as an example, Robert Morgan offers ten sound strategies for moving from fear to faith. Just as Moses and the Israelites became trapped between Pharaoh’s rushing armies and the uncrossable Red Sea, so are we sometimes overwhelmed by life’s problems.
In The Red Sea Rules, readers will learn strategies to:Realize that God means for you to be where you areAcknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on the LordStay calm and confident, and give God time to workView your current crisis as a faith builder for the futureThe Red Sea Rules reveals that even in the midst of seemingly impossible situations, God promises to make a way for us.
11. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course Participant's Pack: Discipleship that Deeply Changes Your Relationship with God
Author: by Peter Scazzero
Peter Scazzero learned the hard way: you can’t be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature. In the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course Participant’s Pack, Peter outlines a roadmap for discipleship with Jesus that is powerfully transformative. He unveils what’s wrong with our current definition of “spiritual growth” and offers not only a model of spirituality that actually works, but seven steps to change that will help you experience authentic faith and hunger for God.
The EH Spirituality Participant’s Pack will help you begin the journey of applying the profound biblical truths found in Emotionally Healthy Spirituality to your life. This pack includes: one copy of the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality trade book, one copy of the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day book, and one copy of the 8-session Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course Workbook Each of these books are integral to the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course and will provide the resources to help you grow in your relationship to Christ and your relationship with others.
12. The Life Recovery Workbook: A Biblical Guide through the Twelve Steps
Author: by Stephen Arterburn
Tyndale House Publishers
As a complement to The Life Recovery Bible (more than 800,000 copies sold), The Life Recovery Workbook leads the recovering addict into reflection and practical application. By placing the 12 steps of recovery into a firm biblical context, the workbook brings scriptural principles into personal focus.
Contemporary Recovery Profiles, expanded descriptions of each of the 12 steps, and open-ended questions work in unison with The Life Recovery Bible. Far more than just teaching about the 12 steps, the workbook is a guide to an in-depth working of the steps, making the principles of recovery come alive for one day at a time living.
13. Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages and Becoming Stepfamily Smart
Author: by Gary Chapman
Create a Loving and Safe Environment for Your Blended Family Blended families face unique challenges, and sadly, good intentions aren’t always enough. With so many complex relationships involved, all the normal rules for family life change, even how you apply something as simple as the five love languages.
That’s why Gary Chapman, the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages and national expert on stepfamilies, Ron Deal, join together in this book to teach you how the five love languages can help your blended family. They’ll teach you: About the unique dynamics of stepfamilies How to overcome fear and trust issues in marriage How to develop healthy parenting and step-parenting practices How the love languages shouldand should notbe applied You’re going to face many challenges, but with the right strategies and smart work, your family can be stronger and healthier together.
14. Aging with Grace: Flourishing in an Anti-Aging Culture
Author: by Sharon Betters
Crossway (January 5, 2021)
Aging with Grace by the Power of the Gospel Whatever season of life you’re in, God has equipped you to flourishto live in the transforming power and beauty of his grace. As we age, we can easily lose sight of this message as cultural ideals glorifying youth take center stage.
In this book, Sharon W. Betters and Susan Hunt offer present-day and biblical examples of women who rediscovered gospel-rooted joy later in their lives. Equipped with a biblical view of aging, Aging with Grace will help you encounter afresh the gospel that is big enough, good enough, and powerful enough to make every season of life significant and glorious.
15. The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves
Author: by Curt Thompson
The Gospel Coalition Top Books of 2015 in Faith and WorkHearts Minds Bookstore’s Best Books of 2015, Applied Theology, Basic Christian Living, Whole Life DiscipleshipOutreach Magazine’s Resources of the YearWe’re all infected with a spiritual disease.Its name is shame. Whether we realize it or not, shame affects every aspect of our personal lives and vocational endeavors.
It seeks to destroy our identity in Christ, replacing it with a damaged version of ourselves that results in unhealed pain and brokenness. But God is telling a different story for your life. Psychiatrist Curt Thompson unpacks the soul of shame, revealing its ubiquitous nature and neurobiological roots.
He also provides the theological and practical tools necessary to dismantle shame, based on years of researching its damaging effects and counseling people to overcome those wounds. Thompson’s expertise and compassion will help you identify your own pains and struggles and find freedom from the lifelong negative messages that bind you.