Book Review: “Consider Your Counsel” (Bob W. Kellemen)

In every ministry there will always be flaws. No matter how good the method or program it administers, there will be some shortcomings. We are finite beings and sinners. No ministry is foolproof. It is by God’s grace that He allows us to work on a ministry. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t address those we can see and polish it to be better. Specifically, in biblical counseling, as we engage to fellow image bearers and helping them to be connected to the Scriptures. Resources are welcome to fix what we are already practicing. And that’s were Consider Your Counsel steps in.

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8 Favorite Quotes from the Book “Consider Your Counsel”(Robert W. Kellemen)

Hello! I want to share these quotes I like from the book Consider Your Counsel by Bob W. Kellemen published by New Growth Press. If you want to support the author, click here to purchase the book.

“With one foot, we enter deeply and personally into our counselee’s story, situation, and soul. With the other foot, we pivot into and journey together to Christ’s story of redemptive hope.”

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The Freebie Round-Up #111

Kindly lift me up in your prayers. I’m now starting to proofread a Advent book from Desiring God for Driven By The Gospel. I hope finish it within June and do please support it when it gets published.

Now that those have been taken cared of, lets proceed to our freebies. If you missed the previous one and some of the old round-up, just scroll down and you’ll find them at the end of this article.

Also since I’m not 24/7 monitoring the latest freebies of publishing companies, I’m posting their e-mail sign up page, so you’ll be in the loop whenever they give out freebies. You can find it at the end of this round-up.

FREE conference “Devoted to Christ’s Church” – East Coast Ministers’ Conference 2021 is powered by Banner of Truth and it will be held on May 26-28. Click here to register for free.

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Book Review “Unstuck” by Tim Lane

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Believers are given a new life in Christ. This kind of life was purchased by Christ at the cross. We are now his. He is now ours. However, Christians are not exempted from sinning. The old self is still there with habits, relationships, etc. Nevertheless God gave us the Bible to guide us and He Himself is working in us. Tim Lane, author and counselor gather these biblical truths to help Christians find lasting change in Unstuck. The book consist of nine steps that will lead believers out of those sticky situations and find freedom in Christ.

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Unstuck” by Tim Lane

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Woohoo!  Another book done this week and it’s only Thursday! Tim Lane’s Unstuck was satisfyingly good. Now what do I do next? Should I write a review or go straight to another book? Please let me know at the comment section.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book I’ve just finished, Unstuck by Tim Lane published by The Good Book Company. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“Whether your struggle is with worry, addiction, discouragement, anger, fear, or anything else, starting with who you are in Christ is foundational—because God’s compassion and grace toward us always comes before his wise and loving commands.”

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “When Narcissism Comes to Church” by Chuck DeGroat

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Our province is now on GCQ (general community quarantine). This means some establishment will open but we are still required face mask, social distancing and quarantine pass. Those precautions will apply to churches. My wife and I will go to church tomorrow. Although some parts will still undergo ECQ (enhanced community quarantine) because of the numbers of COVID-19 cases. Please continue to pray that God will give us Christians wisdom as we make decisions concerning these changes.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, When Narcissism Comes to Church by Chuck DeGroat published by InterVarsity Press. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

” In ministry, pastors use their congregations to validate a sense of identity and worth. The church becomes an extension of the narcissistic ego, and its ups and downs lead to seasons of ego inflation and ego deflation for the pastor. Today social media platforms add to this mix. Because his sense of identity is bound up in external realities, his sense of mission is wavering and unmoored, often manifesting in constantly shifting
visions and programs, frequent dissatisfaction with the status quo, and anxious engagement with staff and members.”
 
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Book Review: The Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members in Need by Jeremy Pierre and Deepak Reju

Some short books nowadays that teach basics are called “primer”, “sampler” and “bite-sized”. They carry topics that some of us think should be discussing in a thick volume. These are the most needed books in this fast paced culture that won’t eat away your time. They should be easily understand and accessible to anyone but still carry striking content. And that I think “Pastor and Counseling” by Pierre and Reju cornered those requirements.

“The Pastor and Counseling” is a minimalist of a book. Minimal in word by leaving not just the jargon but also mazes-like explanations. Minimalist on the topic which is solely about a pastor who is about to counsel someone.  A straight forward and laser focus to the topic is what this book boast.  Divided into 3 parts (concept, process and context) this book is gear to layout to any pastors essentials in counseling without the fuzz. I think this book can be pulled out of the shelves and a pastor can immediately dive before the counseling session.

The appendix is gold because it has the “templates” you need to start counseling your church member in need. An amazing “crash course” and “ready for action” book that makes you salute 9 Marks for bring this out. “The Pastor and Counseling” is an excellent resource that jump start you into counseling.

My verdict 4.5 out of 5

Review copy of the book is provided by Crossway.

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Book Review: Marriage Matters by Winston T. Smith

PicsArt_1368350130673If you’re on the internet not just for Facebook updates but checking out Christian blogs, you will find that the people of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) have a good web presence. With the likes of Ed Welch, David Powlison and Paul Tripp making waves over the blogosphere and social media, counseling is not concealed in a four cornered room but available to everyone thanks to the internet. Also if you check the awesome resources in the CCEF website (www.ccef.org), you’ll get handfuls of biblical counseling from articles and downloadable podcast. And of course, don’t forget to praise CLC Philippines for getting this book out for the Filipino readers.

Winston T. Smith place a sort of dilemma on the preface of the book that we might also be thinking: Why do we need another book on marriage when there are lots of them already? What can I learn from a book that is 300 pages long? My answer: a lot! Marriage Matters is a well thought and well planned book on what God considers important: marriage. The book focuses on ordinary moments, those day to day life of couples. Seeing God in those moments of married life, defining that those are important blocks of a healthy relationship that it is also a place where the enemy attacks and struggles sets in, Christian couples should ground themselves together to a biblical perspective that will bring out the extraordinary. Drawing from counseling to personal experiences wrapped with biblical teachings, this book will be a stand out.

Pop psychology has no room for this book as it unravels how to live that extraordinary life on God’s dream marriage for us. Topics like conflict, honestly, forgiveness and intimacy are tackled with depth and a compassionate heart. The chapter “Growing in Grace” will imprint your heart with the message that we need God’s grace in every aspect of our lives. Because we are limited beings we need grace especially to couples to have a strong relationship. Without grace our lives will be full of failure and regret that will result spiritual weakness. We need to have a continuous dependence to God because he is always present and active in our life.  God is most important in the marriage relationship because he will restore and make it beautiful when it’s broken.

So why get this book when there are marriage books by Henry Cloud, Gary Chapman, or Harold Sala, Ed Lapiz and so on and so on? Because “Marriage Matters” makes God matters in your marriage. Whether you’re married or single please don’t miss this book!