By Robert W. Kellemen
(I received this book for review purposes.)
Genre- Religion / Christian Ministry / Counseling & Recovery
Published by- Zondervan
Number of pages- 397
Age Group- Adult
Description of Book- paperback, ISBN 978-0-310-51615-5, $18.99
Gospel Conversations is the second book in the Equipping Biblical Counselors Series. The best way to learn is by doing, and this is exactly what Robert Kellemen discusses in this book.
This book begins with the reader learning the four compass points of biblical counseling:
- Sustaining: "It's Normal to Hurt."
- Healing: "It's Possible to Hope."
- Reconciling: "It's Horrible to Sin but Wonderful to be Forgiven."
- Guiding: "It's Supernatural to Mature."
This book is broken down into steps and can be used as a training manual for lab and small-group interaction.
About the Author- Robert W. Kellemen, ThM, PhD, has written thirteen books. He is the executive director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition.
This book was very thick and full of useful information for learning how to become a well-rounded Christian counselor.
I liked the tweet-size comments. It helped to condense the chapter into something that was easy to remember. The wide margins made it easy to take notes. There were also a lot of questions that could be answer individually or in a group situation. There was a lot of detail and case studies to help people in group settings.
If you are going to read this book, I would highly recommend reading Gospel-Centered Counseling first. The author, Robert Kellemen refers to this book often. I wish that I had read that book first. He does stress how important it is to know the Bible. He added a lot of forms about the different aspects of counseling in the appendix. One of the forms I thought was important was a goals form.
Christians need counselors and they need them to counsel them in the most comprehensive way. I think this book and the other books in the series will help equip people to be better counselors. I recommend it.
Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Gospel Conversations, by Robert W. Kellemen, for free through Cross Focused Reviews. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. All links were current when posted.