Many churches believe psychological and pharmacological strategies fail to address deep spiritual and mental health needs. These 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 and powered by the work of the wonderful counselor, Jesus Christ. Through careful exegesis and helpful case studies, they demonstrate how to provide consistently biblical, gospel-centered counseling and explain why it is important to do so. 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 all involved in mentoring or discipleship.
A triumph of a maturing biblical counseling movement.
—Tedd Tripp, pastor, author, international conference speaker
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.
—Ken Sande, president, Peacemaker Ministries
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.
—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.
—Tara Klena Barthel, author, Living the Gospel in Relationships
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.
—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.
—Laura Hendrickson, psychiatrist and biblical counselor
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Elyse M. Fitzpatrick (b. 1950) is a counselor, retreat and conference speaker, and the head of Counsel from the Cross Ministries. Fitzpatrick has authored over 21 books, including Because He Loves Me, Comforts from Romans, Found in Him, and Love to Eat, Hate to Eat.
Dennis E. Johnson is professor of practical theology at Westminster Seminary California and associate pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church. He earned a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary.