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Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling: Changing Lives with God's Changeless Truth

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Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling is a comprehensive guide that will equip God’s people to use biblical truth to change lives. More than that, this book will increase people’s confidence in the sufficiency and relevancy of God’s Word to address real-life issues in a multitude of counseling situations. Readers of this book will:

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Hardcover, 480 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Harvest House Publishers
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Ben Zornes
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a collection of essays on counseling, and as with any collection some selections are home runs, others are more akin to a batter standing in the box with glazed eyes watching three, dead-center fastballs zoom by. In other words, some are real strike-outs. At points it seemed as if, in some brainstorming meeting, the folks planning this book imagined what they'd be in hot water for if they left out a chapter on "xyz." It seems as if they then proceeded to make sure they didn't leave those ...more
Aaron Ventura
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a series of short essays on biblical counseling. Piper's intro essay was the best. After that, the rest were only so-so. This is a recently published book (2013 I think) and is a good overview of the landscape of biblical counseling in North American evangelicalism right now. ...more
Karissa Stoner
I highly recommend this book! The authors remind all believers to live Christ-centered and Gospel-focused!
Peggy Johnson
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read as one continues to grow in loving the church well.
Shawn Paterson
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Such a mixed bag of essays without clear organization. The other books I've read recently on biblical counseling were a lot more helpful and exciting. ...more
Ben Robin
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very helpful resource, which I expect to return to as a reference book throughout my ministry.
Connor Anderson
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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An excellent overview of the major facets of Biblical Counseling. Well-rounded and thorough
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Theology and counseling. What do these two words have in common? For one, many people tend to relegate both to professionals. Secondly, most people unknowingly engage in both, regardless of what type of formal training they have (or have not) received. Virtually everyone holds some sort of belief about God, and almost every person gives counsel at some point in his/her life.

Of theology, Josh Harris writes:

"Theology matters...because what we know about God shapes the way we think and
David Morton
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was much better than I initially expected, and absolutely changed my views on what, at it's core, Biblical counseling is all about. The layout was in two parts, the first being a theological foundation for Biblical counseling as a whole, and the second being a practical outworking of this theology. This worked, and it worked well. Also, this is not a book from the three authors on the cover, but rather a book written by multiple authors, all converging on the topic with a striking leve ...more
Andres Vera
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This is another one of those books with "Christ-Centered" in the title where I wonder if it'll actually mean anything significant. It does, and it is a very encompassing theme of every chapter. The book itself has lots of great chapters, and some not so great. Each chapter is written by one or two individuals with particular expertise or experience on the topic. Although some chapters are not particularly strong, the ones that are excellent make this book a great read, although it was a little l ...more
Brent Meyers
May 23, 2013 rated it liked it
It was ok; there were some very good points and insights and some unbiblical points. The second half (practical) is much better than the first half (theological).
Jacob Coldwell
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great overview of what it looks like to practically follow Jesus.
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James MacDonald (D. Min. Phoenix Seminary) is married to his high school sweetheart, Kathy, and both are from Ontario, Canada. He is the father of three grown children, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, and grandfather to four amazing grandsons. James’ ministry focuses on the unapologetic proclamation of God’s Word. In 1988, along with a small group of ministry partners, James and Kathy planted Har ...more

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