Title: Counseling Under The Cross
Publisher: NewGrowth Press
Publish Date: September 11, 2017
Source: LitFuse Blog Tours
Rating: 3.5 stars
About The Book
Martin Luther not only reformed theology, but his understanding of the gospel revolutionized soul care.
In Counseling Under the Cross, biblical counselor and noted author Bob Kellemen explains how Martin Luther’s gospel-centered and cross-focused pastoral care transformed his own approach to soul care.
As Kellemen mines Luther’s own writings and other first hand accounts, readers will gain a new understanding of how Luther richly, relevantly, robustly, and relationally applied the gospel to suffering, sin, sanctification, and our search for peace with God. Counseling Under the Cross will guide pastors, counselors, lay leaders, and friends toward a rich understanding of the gospel that will directly impact their personal ministry to others.
Through lively vignettes, real-life stories, and direct quotes from Luther, readers will be equipped to apply the gospel to themselves and others so together they find their hope and help in Christ alone.
This is another book that is out of my norm, so it’s not going to get a high rating. It’s not one that I was able to quickly get sucked into, therefore it took me a little longer to get into. That said, Mr. Kellemen is an excellent author who’s research and time is well put into this book.
If you are a pastor, or any part of the church board this book is perfect for you. It’s definitely filled with all kinds of interesting facts on how to apply the gospel to your every day living and help those around you. The real life experiences lend a unique approach to the book and those helped keep me interested in the book.
If you know of any pastors or church counselors, then this would be a wonderful gift to give them this Christmas! While this is not a book for my shelves, it’s one I was happy to pass along to church clergy. This is 3.5 star worthy, and one that I think many other people will truly benefit from.
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About The Author
Robert W. Kellemen, PhD, is the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Chair of the Biblical Counseling Department at Crossroads Bible College and the founder and CEO of RPM Ministries. He is also the author of many books, including “Gospel-Centered Counseling” and “Gospel Conversations.” Bob and his wife Shirley have two children and two grandchildren.
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