January 26, 2005

Book Review - Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling

"All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
-- 2 Timothy 3:16-17

I believe that the Bible has the answers and the directions to any trial, tribulation, or temptation that you may encounter in your life. The Bible is there to equip you: completely and accurately. The Bible has not become outdated. And regardless of popular opinion, there aren't exceptions to the answers it provides.

But lets be honest, the Bible is a huge book. It is filled to the brim with information. And when you are in the middle of a crisis situation (whether yours or someone else's) you may not have the time to find what you need. Any Biblical tool can become very useful, and almost essential. So, you don't need to be a counselor to think that the Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling is an excellent book. Even though it was written with the purpose of assisting Biblical Counselors, I have found it very useful in day to day life.

There have been many occasions that my wife and I have flipped through these pages, writing things down, searching for the answers and the help for the moment.

I have also used this on several different occasions when working with students. A counselor is simply a brother or sister in Christ that is walking along side... that is assisting along the way.

Here are just a few of the topics included in this book:

Anger
Bitterness
Changing (to please God)
Church Discipline
Comfort
Death
Decision Making
Depression
Divorce
Drug Abuse
Fear
Homosexuality
Husband/Wife Relationships & Marriage
Laziness
Lust
Lying
Obedience
Overcoming Sin
Persecution
Prayer
Priorities
Providence of God
Repentance
Resentment
Self-Centeredness
Self-Control & Self-Discipline
Self-Pity
Sex Life
Trials
Trust
Waiting on the Lord
Warnings
Work
Worry



    This book has been an excellent help to me, and I just thought that I would pass it along to you. Click on the book, and check it out. The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling by John G. Kruis.