Monday, April 12, 2021

Book Review: Saints, Sufferers, and Sinners: Loving Others As God Loves Us by Emlet


As a biblical counselor, I recommend this book to all who desire to help others in any struggle they may face on this Earth. Mike Emlet writes with great compassion and eloquence on who we are in Christ as image-bearers. Then he helps us understand what it is like to be sufferers and how to help sufferers effectively and with kindness. Then he goes on to address how we help people who are sinning. All categories need to be addressed. I appreciate the care he took in helping us be better people helpers that look more like Jesus if we apply what was written. 

With each category, he addresses possible pitfalls and how we can work with each category biblically and most helpfully. I really appreciate this book because there has been much damage done by well-meaning people helpers who have said damaging things. We need to move beyond that and truly help people in a way that they can actually be helped. This requires looking to Christ, the best example of a people helper, and learn from Him and how He actually helped others.

I received a copy of this book at no charge from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

You can get a copy of this book from here.

Book Review: The Heart of Anger by Ash and Midgley


I have read many books on anger. It is a topic that I often choose because I also struggle with anger. Of all the books that I have read on this topic; this one is the best. I did receive a free copy of this book for the purpose of an honest review from the publisher. I wrestled with the idea of why? Why would I want to read another book on this topic? Would it honestly benefit me more than the others? I still felt a bit trapped in this knee-jerk reaction of anger so I thought I'd give this book a try. I am eternally grateful for this book. God gave me a new level of freedom from my struggle because of this book. I praise God for that and highly reccomend it to anyone who struggles just a little bit or desires to understand how others struggle.

I do believe we all struggle with anger at times. It doesn't take long when you look at our world to come up with that deduction. It should be one of those books that are required reading for Christians. Anger isn't always sin but it does and can quickly turn to sin so we need to understand it. God was angry at times. It would seem wrong if we felt nothing when injustices occur in this world. However, this book also explores "cousins" of anger like fear and worry. Overall it is a great help in the Christian walk. It helps the reader have a right perspective on it and how God sees it.

What was different about this book? I think it was the fact that it did a lot of focusing on Jesus. Maybe because it just practically made sense to be in a better way. Or maybe it was just the right timing. Either way this book will be the one I reccomend to the clients that I am counseling.

You can get a copy of this book on Amazon here.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Book Review: Restore by Cheong

This is a great book for facilitating real-life biblical change. As a biblical counselor, I appreciate how it makes getting in the word easy and practical so that a person can grow in Christ and learn how to practically change their thought patterns which then results in changed behaviors.

This book is written in a way that you can go through it yourself. You can go through it with a biblical counselor. You also can go through it as a group. It is actually written with a group context in mind. Groups work well when we are looking to Christ together and hoping for healing and change. I facilitate Griefshare groups with people who are hurting and working through healing from grief. This book works in a similar way but works toward life change. It can help any person reach a more robust relationship with Christ. It can be helpful to the person struggling with sin or suffering. I was impressed that both issues are addressed in this book well. 

A biblical mindset can be life-saving and life-changing. This book is highly recommended for groups of people who desire to live in the fullness of Christ.

I received a free e-book from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

You can get a copy of this book from here.

Book Review: Saints and Scoundrels by Guthrie


I had the chance to review this book for Crossway. I really love Nancy Guthrie's books so I was excited at the chance to review this one. It did not disappoint. It is similar in style to her other books and was what I expected.

What I liked about this book was that it was filled with stories and contrasts of different people in the Bible. Some we know little about and some we know a lot. The reason why I love Nancy Guthrie's writings is that she always finds a way to bring everything back to Jesus. After all, the Bible is all about Jesus, and we can learn from other characters but ultimately we need to focus on Jesus. She is faithful in this task and we are better for it by reading her works. 

This book is not a hard read. It is helpful because it takes you through scriptures and helps you understand the cultural context around it. This helps the reader practically apply the truth to themselves in our times and culture but ultimately see Jesus as beautiful. You will grow closer to Christ after reading this.

I did receive a free e-book copy of this book for the sake of an honest review.

You can get a copy of this book from here.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

A Holy Fear by Fox

Today is a day when many fears are evident all around us. They have always been there but these are strange days where fear abounds. Fear improperly placed is not good. Fear placed in the One who holds all things together is good. This book helps you to see and move misplaced fears to the right fear of the Lord. 

This book was very helpful taking the reader through the reminders of the goodness and sovereignty of God. It is a great reminder that any Christian needs today. It encouraged my soul to look to God instead of my own fears of the unknown. 

This book is an encouragement to any Christian in their walk today. It was an easy read and scripture filled. Any reader will grow from reading it. I appreciated all the truth of God's word that was included in each chapter. I also think if you read it with some friends it would be nice for encouragement and praying together. We need others to remind us not to fear things of this world. We need others to point us to the only Fear which is fear of God because we are in awe of Him as our loving and good Father who holds all things together.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

You can get a copy of the book on Amazon here.

Is It Abuse? By Strickland

This book is a must-read for the church today. Too often we have given good intentioned or naive advice to people suffering intensely in relationships without wisdom. This needs to stop now. God has a lot to say about abuse. We must know what His word says to be wise counselors to people in these difficult situations. That is where this book comes in hand. It helps show you what the word of God says and how to walk it out appropriately with those who are suffering. We must be able to do this well as a church to really help the hurting. 

As a biblical counselor, I recommend this as a must-read. I think it is a resource that will be used over and over again. Sadly, cases of abuse are on the rise so we need to know how to identify it and help. We are privileged to hear someone's story if they share it so when we do hear hard stories we need wisdom to know how to help instead of hurt. This is for everyone. Not just counselors.

I did receive a copy of this book at no charge from the publisher but also purchased my own because it is a book I will use over and over again.

You can get a copy of this book from Amazon here. 

Book Review - Habakkuk by Gresh

I had the opportunity to review this new Bible study. Habakkuk is my favorite book of the Bible and I like the author so it is no surprise that I loved it. 

The author takes us through the book while connecting it to other helpful parts of scripture to increase our understanding. It also has a helpful timeline that is important when working through books of the prophets that can seem more difficult to understand. 

The author made this book of the Bible accessible and understandable to anyone interested in studying the Bible. It offers great questions and charts that are extremely helpful to any learner. It can be done alone but would be best with a small group. 

The study includes the opportunity to listen to the author teach through a weekly podcast as well at no extra charge. 

Overall, I say it is a great study that would be worthy of your time for the sake of your growth in Christ.

I received a copy from the publisher at no charge for the purpose of an honest review.

You can get a copy of this from Amazon here.

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