Best Religious Counseling Books
Here you will get Best Religious Counseling Books For you.This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.
1. Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers
Author: by Dane C. Ortlund
Crossway (April 7, 2020)
Christians can easily feel that Jesus is perpetually disappointed and frustrated, maybe even close to giving up on them. They know what Christ has done for thembut who is he? How does he feel about his people amid all their sins and failures?
In Matthew 11, Jesus describes himself as gentle and lowly in heart, longing for his people to find rest in him. This book reflects on his words, diving deep into Bible passages that speak of Christ’s affections for sinners and encouraging believers as they journey, weary and faltering, toward heaven.
2. The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God
Author: by Timothy Keller
Incredibly rich with wisdom and insight that will leave the reader, whether single or married, feeling uplifted. The Washington TimesBased on the acclaimed sermon series by New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller, this book shows everyoneChristians, skeptics, singles, longtime married couples, and those about to be engagedthe vision of what marriage should be according to the Bible.
Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that your spouse is there to help you realize your potential; that marriage does not mean forever, but merely for now; and that starting over after a divorce is the best solution to seemingly intractable marriage issues.
But these modern-day assumptions are wrong. Timothy Keller, with insights from Kathy, his wife of thirty-seven years, shows marriage to be a glorious relationship that is also misunderstood and mysterious. The Meaning of Marriage offers instruction on how to have a successful marriage, and is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life.
Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family
Author: by Paul David Tripp
Winner of the ECPA Book of the Year Award for Christian Living Over 100,000 Copies in Print What is your calling as a parent? In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost.
Feeling pressure to do everything right and raise up good children, it’s easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas. In this life-giving book, Paul Tripp offers parents much more than a to-do list.
Instead, he presents us with a big-picture view of God’s plan for us as parents. Outlining fourteen foundational principles centered on the gospel, he shows that we need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques. Rather, we need the rescuing grace of Godgrace that has the power to shape how we view everything we do as parents.
Freed from the burden of trying to manufacture life-change in our children’s hearts, we can embrace a grand perspective of parenting overflowing with vision, purpose, and joy.
4. EVERY MOMENT HOLY, Vol. 2: DEATH, GRIEF, & HOPE
Author: by Douglas Kaine McKelvey
EVERY MOMENT HOLY, Vol. 2: DEATH, GRIEF, & HOPE, is a book of liturgies for seasons of dying and grieving-liturgies such as “A Liturgy for the Scattering of Ashes” or “A Liturgy for the Loss of a Spouse” or “A Liturgy for the Wake of a National Tragedy” or “A Liturgy for the Weighing of Last-Stage Medical Options.” These are ways of reminding us that our lives are shot through with sacred purpose and eternal hopes even when, especially when, suffering and pain threaten to overwhelm us.
Over 100 liturgies for seasons of dying and grieving-beautiful leather-bound hardcover-over 20 illustrations by Ned Bustard-silk bookmark-gilded edges
5. Internal Family Systems Therapy, Second Edition
Author: by Richard C. Schwartz
The Guilford Press
Now significantly revised with over 70% new material, this is the authoritative presentation of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, which is taught and practiced around the world. IFS reveals how the subpersonalities or “parts” of each individual’s psyche relate to each other like members of a family, and how-just as in a family-polarization among parts can lead to emotional suffering.
IFS originator Richard Schwartz and master clinician Martha Sweezy explain core concepts and provide practical guidelines for implementing IFS with clients who are struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, and other behavioral problems. They also address strategies for treating families and couples.
IFS therapy is listed in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. New to This Edition *Extensively revised to reflect 25 years of conceptual refinement, expansion of IFS techniques, and a growing evidence base. Chapters on the Self, the body and physical illness, the role of the therapist, specific clinical strategies, and couple therapy.
6. Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Individuals, Couples, and Families
Author: by Susan M. Johnson
The Guilford Press
Drawing on cutting-edge research on adult attachment-and providing an innovative roadmap for clinical practice-Susan M. Johnson argues that psychotherapy is most effective when it focuses on the healing power of emotional connection. The primary developer of emotionally focused therapy (EFT) for couples, Johnson now extends her attachment-based approach to individuals and families.
The volume shows how EFT aligns perfectly with attachment theory as it provides proven techniques for treating anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. Each modality (individual, couple, and family therapy) is covered in paired chapters that respectively introduce key concepts and present an in-depth case example.
Special features include instructive end-of-chapter exercises and reflection questions.
7. The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict
Author: by Ken Sande
Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” But it often seems like conflict and disagreement are unavoidable. Serious, divisive conflict is everywhere-within families, in the church, and out in the world. And it can seem impossible to overcome its negative force in our lives.
In The Peacemaker, Ken Sande presents a comprehensive and practical theology for conflict resolution designed to bring about not only a cease-fire but also unity and harmony. Sande takes readers beyond resolving conflicts to true, life-changing reconciliation with family members, coworkers, and fellow believers.
Biblically based, The Peacemaker is full of godly wisdom and useful suggestions that are easily applied to any relationship needing reconciliation. Sande’s years of experience as an attorney and as president of Peacemaker Ministries will strengthen readers’ confidence as they stand in the gap as peacemakers.
8. Boundaries for Your Soul: How to Turn Your Overwhelming Thoughts and Feelings into Your Greatest Allies
Author: by Alison Cook PhD
You can turn your shame to joy, your anger to advocacy, and your inner critic into your biggest champion. Do your emotions control you or do you control your emotions? Many people let guilt, anger, or self-criticism dominate their lives and negatively affect their relationships.
Boundaries for Your Soul shows you how to calm the chaos within. This groundbreaking approach will help you:know what to do when you feel overwhelmed,understand your guilt, anxiety, sadness, and fear,welcome God into the troubling parts of your soul,and move from doubt and conflict to confidence and peace.
Boundaries for Your Soul includes relatable anecdotes, helpful exercises, an engaging quiz, and opportunities for personal reflection. Gathering the wisdom from the authors’ twenty-five years of combined advanced education, biblical studies, and clinical practice, this book will set you on a journey to become the loving, authentic, joyful person you were created to be.
9. The Voice of the Heart: A Call to Full Living
Author: by Chip Dodd
Sage Hill, LLC
In 2001, The Voice of the Heart began a steady journey into the lives of those looking for more. Since its initial release, The Voice of the Heart has been handed one friend to another and has helped thousands of people begin to speak the truth of their story and to live more fully from the heart.
Chip Dodd invites us to begin to know our hearts so that we better know ourselves and can live fully in relationship with others and, ultimately, with God. The journey begins with discovering the gift of The Eight Feelings(TM).
We have eight feelings that allow us to live fully in a tragic place-hurt, lonely, sad, anger, fear, shame, guilt, and glad. By listening to these eight God-given tools, we can be who we are made to be, so we can do what we are made to do.
“Chip Dodd passionately and wisely invites us to the spiritual discipline of listening to our hearts and to the call of God that echoes in every emotion.” -Dan Allender, Professor of Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School, Author of The Wounded Heart, To Be Told, and Leading With a Limp.
10. Unbound: A Practical Guide To Deliverance
Author: by Neal Lozano
A balanced, practical, thorough, and easy-to-follow guide to deliverance and freedom. From a well-respected pastor whose message is accepted by all denominations of the church.
11. Counseling Theory and Practice
Author: by Edward Neukrug
Developed for helping professionals, Counseling Theory and Practice explains what it means to be an effective helper, discusses foundations of classic counseling and psychotherapy theories, provides an overview of emerging theories, and gives students the opportunity to develop their own approaches to counseling and psychotherapy practice.
The book is organized into four primary sections, each addressing theoretical schools. Section 1 explores psychodynamic approaches, including psychoanalysis, Jungian therapy, and Adlerian therapy. Section 2 is devoted to existential-humanistic approaches such as existential therapy, Gestalt therapy, and person-centered counseling, while Section 3 discusses cognitive-behavioral approaches, including behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, rational-emotive behavior therapy, and reality therapy.
Section 4 describes post-modern therapies and examines the relatively new approaches of narrative therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, and relational cultural therapy, a form of feminist therapy. The final chapter explores a number of more recent and emerging theories. Informative and engaging, Counseling Theory and Practice is well-suited to courses for both pre-service professionals and those already in the field.
12. The New City Catechism Curriculum (Kit): "Lessons for Our Hearts and Minds"
Author: by Gospel Coalition
The New City Catechism Curriculum features fifty-two engaging lessons developed from the questions and answers of The New City Catechism, designed to help children ages 811 learn the core doctrines of the Christian faith in a Sunday school, classroom, or homeschool setting.
Each lesson includes three different outlines for 30-, 45-, or 75-minute sessions, a Bible passage and memory verse, a list of suggested materials, detailed instructions for activities, suggested prayers, and activity pages available for digital downloadall created so that teachers can help children better understand the truth of God’s Word and how it connects to their lives.
The New City Catechism Curriculum is available as a boxed kit, containing lessons divided across three volumes, a resource book, and four copies of The New City Catechism for Kids. Kit includes: 3 lesson volumes containing detailed outlines for a variety of settings.
1 resource book containing graphics and activity pages needed for the lessons. Also available as free digital downloads with purchase of kit. 4 copies of The New City Catechism for Kids, a simplified version of The New City Catechism. Additional copies of this are also sold separately.
13. I Love Jesus, But I Want to Die: Finding Hope in the Darkness of Depression
Author: by Sarah J. Robinson
WaterBrook (May 11, 2021)
A compassionate, shame-free guide for your darkest daysA one-of-a-kind book … To read for yourself or give to a struggling friend or loved one without the fear that depression and suicidal thoughts will be minimized, medicalized or over-spiritualized. Kay Warren, cofounder of Saddleback Church What happens when loving Jesus doesn’t cure you of depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts?
You might be crushed by shame over your mental illness, only to be told by well-meaning Christians to choose joy and pray more. So you beg God to take away the pain, but nothing eases the ache inside. As darkness lingers and color drains from your world, you’re left wondering if God has abandoned you.
You just want a way out.But there’s hope. In I Love Jesus, But I Want to Die, Sarah J. Robinson offers a healthy, practical, and shame-free guide for Christians struggling with mental illness. With unflinching honesty, Sarah shares her story of battling depression and fighting to stay alive despite toxic theology that made her afraid to seek help outside the church.
14. Healthy by Design: Weight Loss, God's Way: The Proven 21-Day Weight Loss Devotional Bible Study – Lose Weight for Life, Deepen Your Faith, End Overwhelm & Doubt
Author: by Cathy Morenzie
Guiding Light Publishing
Discover an all-new weight loss approach with simple, easy-to-follow, daily readings and activities inside this 21-day devotional bible study workbook. Uncover the patterns that have kept you overwhelmed and overweight, plus how to break those strongholds. End your cravings along with any guilt and shame cycles by applying powerful biblical truths to set you free for life!
Tens of thousands like you have ended a lifetime of frustration with over-eating, binges and cravings that felt impossible to overcome before, but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)The truth is God loves you, wants you free and not held captive by your cravings, emotions or appetite.
Nor were you intended to deal with life’s struggles on your own – including your weight loss struggle. Experience joy, peace and freedom as you embrace weight loss, God’s way. Lose Weight Permanently * Deepen Your Faith * Conquer feelings of Defeat, Despair and DoubtThis 21 day daily devotional teaches you essential spiritual truths about your weight loss journey in simple, easy to digest, daily readings and exercises.
15. Journey of the Soul: A Practical Guide to Emotional and Spiritual Growth
Author: by Bill Gaultiere
Revell (February 16, 2021)
“Counselors and spiritual directors help you identify where you are on your spiritual journey and discover your next steps for growing in intimacy with Jesus and improving your emotional health and relationships with others”
16. Worthy of Her Trust: What You Need to Do to Rebuild Sexual Integrity and Win Her Back
Author: by Stephen Arterburn
You Can Win Her Back Few challenges in life are as difficult as regaining a wife’s trustand few are as ultimately worthwhile. Trust can be rebuilt in your marriage! With patient, loving, self-sacrificing effort, it’s possible that one day your wife will risk her heart with you again.
And she may even have more respect and love for you than before. In Worthy of Her Trust, Jason Martinkus relates how he repaired his own marriage after revelations of sexual addiction. Along with Stephen Arterburn, Jason offers exercises and tools rooted in counseling principles to help your marriage begin again.
This comprehensive guide discusses: How to be truly and effectively transparent Combating the he must not love me myth and other untruths What to do about the Internet, office temptations, and travel Encouragement for wives who wonder if trust can ever be restored The five-minute phone call and other daily trust-building strategies What meaningful forgiveness and restitution look like The Amends Matrixa concrete exercise to admit past wrongs and cast a vision for a faithful futureIncluding insights from Jason’s wife, Shelley, Worthy of Her Trust guides you through the process of rebuilding your relationship so it is stronger than ever.