In this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we’ve been considering the subject of biblical counseling and how it impacts the life of the Christian and ministry. We understand that we haven’t covered everything on this topic, but it is our prayer that—hopefully—readers of this issue of Theology for Life will grow in their understanding of biblical counseling so that they can grow in His grace and serve people effectively in their local churches.

If you’ve found this issue helpful and would like to study this subject further, please check out the following reading list below. These books are at the top of their genre in both excellence and readability.

Biblical Counseling and Systematic Theology

  • A Theology for Christian Counseling: More Than Redemption by Jay Adams
  • Basic Theology: A Popular Systematic Guide to Understanding Biblical Faith by Charles C. Ryrie
  • Systematic Theology by Louis Berkof
  • Created in God’s Image by Anthony A. Hoekema
  • Trusting God by Jerry Bridges
  • Biblical Doctrine by John MacArthur and Richard Mayhue
  • A Theology of Biblical Counseling: The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry by Heath Lambert
  • Systematic Theology An Introduction to Christian Belief by Dr. John Frame
  • Christian Theology Third Edition by Millard Erikson
  • The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible byB. Warfield
  • Words of Life by Timothy Ward
  • A Fight to the Death by Wayne Mack
  • When People are Big and God is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependence, and the Fear of Man by Ed Welch
  • Power Encounters: Reclaiming Spiritual Warfare by David Powlison
  • Counseling One Another by Paul Tautges

Counseling and Anger

  • Uprooting Anger: Biblical Help For a Common Problem by Robert Jones
  • The Heart of Anger by Lou Priolo
  • Anger and Stress Management God’s Way by Wayne Mack

Counseling and Sorrow

  • Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure by Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Out of the Blues by Wayne Mack

Counseling and Anxiety

  • Courage: Fighting Fear with Fear by Wayne Mack and Joshua Mack
  • Anxiety: Knowing God’s Peace by Paul Tautges

Counseling and Avoidance

  • Finally Free by Heath Lambert
  • Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Edward Welch
  • The Heart of Addiction by Mark Shaw
  • Passions of the Heart by John Street

Counseling and Conflict

  • The Peacemaker by Ken Sande
  • Unpacking Forgiveness by Chris Brauns
  • Pursuing Peace by Robert Jones

Introduction to Biblical Counseling

  • The Christian Counselor’s Manual by Jay Adams
  • How People Change by Jay Adams
  • Counseling: How to Counsel Biblically by John MacArthur
  • Seeing with New Eyes by David Powlison
  • The Trellis and the Vine by Colin marshall and Tony Payne
  • The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams by Heath Lambert
  • Counseling the Hard Cases by Heath Lambert and Stuart Scott
  • Discipling the Flock by Paul Tautges
  • Putting Your Past in Its Place by Steve Viars
  • Speaking the Truth in Love by David Powlison
  • Competent to Counsel by Jay Adams

Counseling and Family

  • Peacemaking for Families by Ken Sande
  • This Momentary Marriage by John Piper
  • When Sinners Say, “I Do”: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage by Dave Harvey
  • The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace
  • The Excellent Husband by Stuart Scott
  • God, Marriage, and Family by Andreas Kostenberger
  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
  • Marry Wisely, Marry Well by Ernie Baker
  • The Biblical Counseling Guide for Women by John and Janie Street

I hope you find these as helpful in your walk with the Lord as I have.

In Christ Alone,

Dave Jenkins

Executive Editor, Theology for Life Magazine


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