Book review: Therapeutic Expedition: Equipping the Christian Counselor for the Journey, by John C. Thomas and Lisa Sosin

9781433672361_cvr_webIn recent decades, pastoral counseling has become one of the most solicited aspects of the pastoral ministry. Many pastors today combine both disciplines theology and counseling in their ministries. For most of them it is impossible to go back to school and enroll a counseling program, but they still want to be proficient in doing counseling or pastoral care at church. That is why we should be thankful for books addressing the topic of counseling. The book Therapeutic Expedition: Equipping the Christian Counselor for the Journey (Thomas & Sosin, 2011) is one of those books that pastors will find extremely useful.

The book is divided into three sections. Section 1 The Heart of the Helping Process addresses foundational counseling issues. This section serves as an introduction the counseling discipline and preliminary themes anyone doing counseling should be familiar with. Section 2 Basic Helping Skills focuses on the skills everyone in the helping profession needs to know and use with the counselee. Counseling skills will determine the proficiency of the counselor and the course the therapeutic relationship will take. The fact this book provides readers with information about counseling skills is of great value. Section 3 The Helping Process covers technical aspects of the counseling process such as case conceptualization or conducting assessments. That might be the most professional sections as it is devoted to aspects pertaining to the clinical or professional counseling discipline. However, anyone in ministry will benefit from this section as well.

Chapters come accompanied by activities at the end of them. These activities will help readers to reflect and analyze what has been previously read. In addition to that, the book comes with online resources that consist of videos showing negative and positive examples of counselor using counseling skills. The videos are arranged by vignettes and are included in almost every chapter. The authors write in a professional manner and, at the same time, accessible to anyone.

One of the most remarkable aspects from this book is the order and sequence it offers. Chapters are carefully arranged so readers can follow a logical sequence.

Though this book may result intimidating for the quality of the writing and the professional aspects it encloses, I would recommend this book not only to professional Christian counselor but also to those who have not been introduced to the counseling ministry and would like to start getting familiar to counseling terms and ideas. In other words, this book can be used as both an advance counseling book and an introductory counseling book.

You can buy the book here from B&H or from Amazon

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. 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.

Is It a Waste of Time for Seminary Students (and Pastors) to Learn the Biblical Languages?

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Book Review: The Rewired Brain, by Dr. Sky Chilton

CHILTON_TheRewiredBrain_CoverSpine.inddIt has been demonstrated that the human brain can be rewired. Many studies and treatments have shown positive results in rewiring the brain, especially in the treatment of addictions and trauma.  The Rewired Brain (Chilton, 2016) is a book about that, how to rewire the brain.

Chilton’s main idea is that rewiring the brain can be done thanks to the plasticity and flexibility of the human brain. It is presented as the organ where our emotions, thoughts, behavior, and everything related to these three aspects are generated.

The book is divided into three main sections. Part 1 (Reflect) deals with dual process reasoning (DPR). The author presents the concept of DPR and the importance of being aware of the implications of the DPR and how it is connected with the process of rewiring the brain. Part 2 (Reframe) focuses on how to balance our brain in order to find the equilibrium in our daily as well as in our behaviors. Part 3 (Rewire) is the practical section of the book. Through self-directed and self-explanatory exercises, the author introduces readers into a process of self-exploration in order to get to know ourselves a little bit better. Who am I?; Surrender; and Forgiveness and Freedom are the three chapters included in this final section.

Readers can have the initial idea that this book is a self-help book. I would say yes and no. Though the concepts and exercises included in this book are clear and well directed, the author recommends readers to seek for professional help if there are areas of struggle Chilton claims this book to be “a preliminary road map for the journey” (p. 213). Readers should not get the wrong idea that anyone can heal every traumatic experience or addition just by reading the book. That would be a wrong assumption.

One of the strengths this book offers is reflection questions. Both, part 1 and 2, offer reflection questions at the end of every chapter. These questions are omitted in part 3, as this section offers practical exercises.

Summarizing, this book is an excellent resource for professional counselors and those in helping professions such as pastors and church leaders, as this book can help them understand people and their behavior much better.

This book is available in both hardcover and E-book formats. You can buy it here 

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Book Review: Karen H. Jobes, Discovering the Septuagint

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Jobes, Karen H., ed. Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Academic, 2016. 351 pp. Hb; $20.00.   Link to Kregel Academic

Karen Jobes is well known for her Invitation to the Septuagint (Baker 2000) co-written with Moises Silva, now in a second edition (Baker, 2015). That previous volume is an excellent handbook for the study of the Septuagint (LXX), but it lacks any exercises for students in the text of the LXX itself. This new volume from Kregel is intended to assist a student read through significant sections of the Septuagint.

Discovering-SeptuagintThis reader includes about 700 verses from nine books from the Greek Old Testament (Genesis, Exodus, Ruth, Additions to Esther, Psalms, Hosea, Jonah, Malachi and Isaiah). Her Exodus examples are divided into two separate chapters (Exod 14-15 and the Ten Commandments from Exodus and Deuteronomy). These selections give the student a wide range of…

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Were Any Known Pseudepigraphs Accepted by the Early Church?

Scholars often claim that pseudepigraphy in the ancient world was not deception, but was a commonly accepted practice. To test that claim, one must examine attitudes toward pseudepigraphy in the Greco-Roman world, how known pseudepigraphs were handled and treated, why they were written, and how the early church treated them…. The post Were Any Known…

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NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Walton & Keener)

Craig S. Keener and John H. Walton, ed. NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Academic, 2016. 2400 pp. $49.99.

Prolific OT scholar Dr. John Walton and NT scholar Dr. Craig Keener have teamed up to bring us a new study Bible that illuminates the cultural, historical, and literary context of the Scriptures. Not only are Walton and Keener experts in OT and NT studies, respectively, but they are especially known for their research in backgrounds (as can be seen, for example, in the two-volume IVP Bible Background Commentary they edited). With the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, the kind of information that could previously only be found in massive dictionaries/encyclopedias or specialized monographs has been made accessible to the person in the pew in a stunning study Bible that uses the most popular and trusted modern translation.

While this study Bible contains many…

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Crossway ESV Reader’s Bible Six Volume Set

If you’re looking for a premium ‘Reader’s Edition‘ – without the clutter of Chapter Verses and Numbers – look no further.  Crossway has teamed up with a distinguished bindery in Italy (Lego) to produce an product of unmatched quality.  From the large Trinite font to the 80GSM paper – to Cowhide over board – all …

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Eschatology: Biblical, Historical, and Practical Approaches

51qI7WsVXFL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Eschatology is one of the most debated themes among evangelicals. The expectation of the last things has always called the attention of scholars. Eschatology is interpreted depending on the school of interpretation one holds. One of the most prominent seminaries on the topic of eschatology is Dallas Theological Seminary, a reputable seminary where dispensationalism is still the predominant point of view regarding eschatology. Many books on the topic of the last things have been written by professors from DTS. That is the case of the book that is being reviewed here.

Eschatology: Biblical, Historical, and Practical Approaches (D. Jeffrey Bingham & Glenn R. Kreider, ed., 2016) is a compilation of twenty-eight essays written by different authors and published by Kregel Academic. Contributors are well known scholars among evangelicals. Charles C. Ryrie, Stanley Toussaint, David L. Turner are some of the contributors readers will find inside this fine volume.

 Many people do not like books written from different authors arguing it is difficult to find a single idea or point of view. That is true to some extent. However, reading a book written by different authors developing the same idea is extremely profitable and has many advantages. One of the advantages this multiple-authors book encloses is precisely the different lenses available for readers to look at the same topic, though most of the authors subscribe to the dispensational school. That is not a handicap at all as this book will reinforce anyone’s knowledge regarding eschatology despite the school of interpretations one holds.

This work is divided into four main parts. Part 1 is devoted to The Doctrine of the Future and Its Foundations; Part 2 deals with The Doctrine of the Future in the Bible; Part 3 focuses on The Doctrine of the Future in the History of Christian Thought; and last but not least Part 4 presents The Doctrine of the Future and Christian Ministry. Eschatological discussions and topics included in this book are various.

Pastors, Bible students, and Christian in general could benefit from this book as a great source of information regarding the doctrine of the last things. One may agree or disagree with the points presented by the authors, but that does not detract quality to the book. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to reinforce or even lay the foundations for the study of the topic of eschatology.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. 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.

Conflict, Worldviews and Faith

BUA Faculty Blog

By Teresa Martinez

La versión en español está disponible al final de este documento.

A recent educational leadership class I took focused on the issue of conflict. Abigail and Cahn (2011) say that conflict has been given a “bad name” not because in itself it is bad, but because people do not have the skills and understanding needed to navigate the waves of conflict present in everyday living (Abigail & Cahn, 2011, p. xi). One of the course texts, Managing Conflict Through Communication touches on issues like saving face; leveraging power; understanding and managing emotions; and communication strategies for conflict resolution. Five themes around which conflict develops are:  1) relationships; 2) data; 3) individual interests; 4) organizational structures; and 5) values. Ample opportunities exist in higher education to experience all of these conflict situations.
Leaders can hone their leadership effectiveness (George, 2007) by accepting the critical work of recognizing…

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Explore the Bible: Respect

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Review: American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion

Jake Raabe reviews American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion by John D. Wilsey.

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Review: What Christians Ought to Believe

Jake Raabe reviews What Christians Ought to Believe by Michael F. Bird.

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