Counsel from the Cross: Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ [NOOK Book]

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Demonstrates the "why" and the "how" of consistently
biblical, gospel-centric counseling, whether in the pastor's study
or over coffee with a friend.


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Counsel from the Cross: Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ

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Overview

Demonstrates the "why" and the "how" of consistently
biblical, gospel-centric counseling, whether in the pastor's study
or over coffee with a friend.


With the evermore apparent failure of modern psychotherapies and
a discomfort with pharmacological strategies, many churches are
reaffirming the sufficiency and power of the Scriptures to change
lives.


To aid churches in ministering to broken and hurting people, the
authors of Counsel from the Cross present a counseling
model based on Scripture, powered by the work of the Wonderful
Counselor, Jesus Christ. Through careful exegesis and helpful case
studies, they demonstrate the "why" and the "how" of consistently
biblical, gospel-centric counseling.


The authors' combined backgrounds-one, a woman trained in
biblical counseling and the other, a male professor of practical
theology-bring balance to this work, making it relevant for those
who counsel as part of pastoral ministry and for those involved in
friendship mentoring or discipleship.



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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher

"A triumph of a maturing biblical counseling movement. Elyse Fitzpatrick, a counselor with uncommon insight into common problems, teams with Dennis Johnson, a seminary professor with a firm fix on justification and the centrality of the gospel, to produce a cross-centered counseling tool. Expect to find the refreshing intersection of the liberating truth of the cross and the power of the gospel to move counselees and impart hope. This book is a major contribution not only to biblical counseling but also to the person in the pew."
Tedd Tripp, pastor, author, international conference speaker

"Broken people remain so because they never truly understand the nature or extent of God's love. Following the pattern of Paul's letter to the Ephesians, this book triggers worship and hope with exhilarating descriptions of the gospel of Christ and shows us how to live out the love and freedom of the gospel in the relationships and struggles of everyday life. May God use this book to bring a wholeness and joy to believers that is irresistibly attractive to everyone around them."
Ken Sande, President, Peacemaker Ministries

"Fitzpatrick and Johnson teach that effective counseling for broken and hurting people does not mean walking beyond the gospel into some modern form of psychotherapy, which ultimately provides no solutions. All Christians, especially pastors, counselors, and church workers who yearn to see genuine healing and transformation in their families and churches, should practice the principles of this book personally and use it to help others. This book is biblical counseling at its best; absorbing its teaching will make us all better counselors."
Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

"A treasure of gospel-proclaiming, biblical, and practical help for every person striving to grow in grace and help others to do the same. Professional counselors, church leaders, and laypeople will all benefit from the accessible case studies drawn from the authors' decades of experience ministering to real people in real situations. This is no mere how-to manual. If seemingly hopeless cycles of sin and immaturity are tempting you to wonder if real change is even possible, Counsel from the Cross is just the book to encourage you and help you to remember both what the gospel declares about us and what it demands of us."
Tara Klena Barthel, Author, Living the Gospel in Relationships; coauthor, Peacemaking Women

"Elyse Fitzpatrick and Dennis Johnson present a compelling case for the very radical and eminently practical power of the gospel in helping counsel broken people. One will not find here the usual Scriptures taken out of context or mere proof-texting approach that so-much of Christian counseling has offered the evangelical community. Instead, Johnson's exegetical insights and Fitzpatrick's case-wise counsel show how and why we must apply the love and grace of Christ at each stage of our counseling. They are to be praised for mining the riches of the gospel and offering a real model for and recovery of Christ-centered counseling."
Alfred J. Poirier, Author, The Peacemaking Pastor

"I've learned more about biblical counseling from Elyse Fitzpatrick than from anyone else writing in the field today. I tear into her new books, and return repeatedly to them for inspiration in my own work. Elyse's collaboration with Dennis Johnson has produced a volume that is both theologically astute and full of practical wisdom. I'm already applying the principles I've learned from it in my counseling."
Laura Hendrickson, author; psychiatrist; biblical counselor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433522598
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 6/8/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 390,446
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

ELYSE M. FITZPATRICK holds a masters in
biblical counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary and has
nearly twenty years in biblical counseling experience. She is a
member of the National Assocation of Nouthetic Counselors, is a
retreat and conference speaker, and is the head of Women Helping
Women Ministries. Fitzpatrick has authored nearly a dozen books,
including Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily
Life
.


DENNIS E. JOHNSON (PhD, Fuller Theological
Seminary) is professor of practical theology at Westminster
Seminary California and associate pastor of New Life Presbyterian
Church.



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Table of Contents

Preface 11

Acknowledgments 15

Introduction 19

1 What Do You See? 23

2 Seeing Your Savior 37

3 God's Immeasurable Love 55

4 God's Love and Our Hearts 73

5 Gospel-centered Counseling 91

6 The Gospel and Our Sanctification 111

7 The Gospel and Our Emotions 129

8 The Gospel and Our Relationships 151

9 The Gospel Story and the Glory Story 169

Appendix 1 Why Biblical Counseling? 183

Appendix 2 Scripture Passages by Topic for Use in Counseling 193

Appendix 3 The Best News Ever 205

Appendix 4 Psalm 78 211

Notes 217

Index 231

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  • Posted August 10, 2013

    With so many "Christian" books written with so many po

    With so many "Christian" books written with so many points of view and theories, it is refreshing and life giving to read this book that exults in the Cross of Christ. This book is not only instructional for those who counsel, but the substance of this book is life changing to any who read and believe God's demonstration of Himself in and through the life and sacrifice of the Son of God (His holiness, justice, wrath, mercy, grace, and unconditional love and acceptance). I highly recommend this powerful book.

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