Seeing with New Eyes, David Powlison
The first of two books outlining the author’s perspective on Christian counseling. Powlison is the current director of Christian Counseling & Education Foundation (CCEF). The organization’s website has many useful resources.
Speaking the Truth in Love, David Powlison
The second of two books outlining the author’s perspective on Christian counseling.
Effective Biblical Counseling, Larry Crabb
Crabb thinks through a model of counseling that can be integrated into the functioning of the local church, enabling caring Christians to become capable counselors. In his view, any approach to counseling that is truly biblical will work most effectively when carried out in the context of a local body of believers.
The Feeling Good Handbook, Burns
The use of cognitive behavioral therapy in everyday life.
Bold Love, Dan Allendar Bold Love introduces a creative way of relating – one that has the capacity to make a significant, life-changing impact on all those you come in contact with, whether they are family, friends, coworkers, or even enemies.” Allendar talks a lot about forgiving. He teaches how to love the evil person, the foolish person, and the normal sinner. He talks about discipline, grace, and the ways to confront sin. In the epilogue he explains how he practiced bold love with his dying father.”
Boundaries, Cloud & Townsend Describes how to set boundaries and how boundaries can be broken. Authors talk about how to deal with abusive or controlling people.
The Cloud & Townsend books tend to focus more on self-protection than self-giving love. Emotional health depends on developing a life-style of biblical love. Some, by virtue of their past, may not have a good understanding of biblical love but self-protection is not the end of maturity.
Psychology as Religion, Paul Vitz
This is a penetrating critique of self-worship pervading modern secular psychology. Vitz maintains that secular psychology has become part of the problem of modern life rather than part of its resolution.
Overcoming Hurts & Anger, Dwight Carlson Christian book. People have often been told to deny or suppress the dark and undesirable side of their personalities. The result says psychiatrist Dwight L. Carlson, is the ‘emotionally crippled’ personality that is the most vulnerable of all. In this enlightening book, Dr. Carlson shows us how to confront our feelings and negative emotions in order to experience liberation and fulfillment. He presents seven practical steps to help us identify and cope with hurt and anger.
Your parents and you, Robert S. McGee and Pat Springle
Useful for understanding developmental contributions and how they contribute to our view of God, ourselves & others.
Managing Transitions, William Bridges Written for the corporate world, Bridges talks about what is going on inside the people who have to make change work; and what can be done to keep it from disrupting others.
Personality Plus, Florence Littauer A revealing "personality profile" self-test and Littauer's insightful advice help readers better understand themselves and others.
Putting Past Behind, Les Carter This book outlines biblical solutions to unmet needs.
Basic Principles of Biblical Counseling, Larry Crabb With compassion and urgency, this book makes a plea for pastors to return to the biblical model of equipping their people to minister to each other by using their spiritual gifts. It looks toward a method of counseling which neither overlooks sin nor is reduced to a simplistic model of confrontation and exhortation.
How People Change, Tim Lane & Paul Tripp Using the picture of a garden, the authors describe how the big picture of spiritual growth happens as we know the Word, see the value of suffering, the power of acceptance and the warmth of forgiveness. The Path of Growth covers many of the same elements as tending a garden that produces good fruit.
Make Peace with Your Past, H. Norman Wright Wright talks about how to let go of excess baggage from childhood. Talks about how to overcome insecurity, loneliness, fear, depression, and other emotional problems.
Temperament & The Christian Faith, O.Hallesby Explains the origin of the temperaments as well as biblical, helpful descriptions of Choleric, Phlegmatic, Melancholy and Sanguine temperaments.
Brain science and counseling
Blame it on the Brain, Ed Welch Christian book on ADD. Viewing brain problems through the lens of Scripture, Welch distinguishes genuine brain disorders from problems rooted in the heart. Understanding that distinction will enable pastors, counselors, families, and friends to help others- or themselves- deal with personal struggles and responsibilities. While focusing on a few common disorders, Dr. Welch lays out a series of practical steps adaptable to a wide range of conditions, habits, or addictions.
Windows in the ADD Mind, Daniel Amen Book on understanding and treating attention deficit disorders in the everyday lives of children, adolescents and adults.