19 Best Christian Counseling Books You Must Read
June 5, 2017

Christian Counseling Books // Category

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Welcome to Top Christian Books, where our mission is to connect you with the best Christian books, both old and new.

With so many Christian books, which are the best? These Christian books made it to our list of top books and we’ve compiled them to make it easy for you to find them. Please note that we did not write the descriptions ourselves (for our thoughts on books, check out our book reviews).

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1) Counseling: How to Counsel Biblically

 

 

Top Christian Counseling Books // #1

A classic Christian counseling book, Counseling: How to Counsel Biblically is written by John MacArthur – pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California.  With solid and theological footing, MacArthur presents a practical, proactive, and relevant book for students, church leaders, and lay people. Several writers are featured, including: Ken L. Sarles, David Powlison, Douglas Bookman, David B. Maddox, Robert Smith, William W. Goode, and Dennis M. Swanson.

Counseling: How to Counsel Biblically

 

2) Big Umbrella and Other Essays and Addresses on Biblical Counseling

 

 

Top Christian Counseling Books // #2

Big Umbrella and Other Essays and Addresses on Biblical Counseling Jay Adams, the key figure of the Biblical Counseling Movement, discusses a wide variety of subjects pertaining to counseling via a biblical lens. Adams exposes and destroys the common notion of modern psychology that all people with emotional and behavioral problems are “sick.”  Rather, he presents a sound argument that at the core of these issues is sin.

Big Umbrella and Other Essays and Addresses on Biblical Counseling

 

3) Women Counseling Women: Biblical Answers to Life’s Difficult Problems

 

 

Top Christian Counseling Books // #3

The only book needed to address women’s emotional needs is the Bible.  So says author Elyse Fitzpatrick in Women Counseling Women: Biblical Answers to Life’s Difficult Problemss.  Fitzpatrick weaves God’s perfect wisdom with heartfelt empathy for those who need help. Twenty two Christian women who are qualified biblical counselors also present their thoughts.

Women Counseling Women: Biblical Answers to Life’s Difficult Problems

 

4) Men Counseling Men: A Biblical Guide to the Major Issues Men Face

 

 

Top Christian Counseling Books // #4

John D. Street’s Men Counseling Men is an exciting new Christian counseling book on how to counsel men about the difficulties they face. Written by faculty members from The Master’s College it’s accessible, practical read that will help both trained professionals and lay people to provide solidly biblical help for men who are struggling with a variety of major life issues, including: depression, anger and sexual purity.

Men Counseling Men: A Biblical Guide to the Major Issues Men Face

 

5) Gospel-Centered Counseling: How Christ Changes Lives

 

 

Top Christian Counseling Books // #5

Bob Kellemen, ThM, PhD – the executive director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and the founder and CEO of RPM Ministries – is the wise voice behind Gospel-Centered Counseling: How Christ Changes Lives.  This book prepares readers to change their lives with Christ’s changeless truth: the Gospel. It is theologically deep, yet easy to read and highly engaging for a lay audience.

Gospel-Centered Counseling: How Christ Changes Lives

 

6) The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context

 

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Top Christian Counseling Books // #6

The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context is an informative and thought-provoking account of the Biblical Counseling Movement by David Powlison, M.Div., Ph.D., –  a faculty member and counselor at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation.  An important resource for those who want to understand the biblical counseling movement, the main chapters were originally a Ph.D. dissertation in history of science and medicine.  Added to this new is a lengthy appendix with new articles by Powlison that give an analysis of recent developments within the movement.

The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context

 

7) Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change

 

 

Top Christian Counseling Books // #7

Paul Tripp is president of Paul Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization whose mission statement is “Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life.”  In Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change he shows how God uses people as tools of change in the lives of others.

 

A wonderful, practical book, it is all about our ministering to others which is something all Christians are called to do.

Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change

 

8) Biblical Counseling and the Church: God’s Care Through God’s People

 

 

Top Christian Counseling Books // #8

With Bob Kellemen as General Editor and Kevin Carson as Managing Editor, numerous respected ministry leaders and biblical counselors bring a communal feel to Biblical Counseling and the Church: God’s Care Through God’s People.  This rich resource, part of the Biblical Counseling Coalition series, helps leaders and counselors develop a vision that goes beyond being a church.  The message of the book is that everyone in a church can play some role in encouraging and counseling those around them.

Biblical Counseling and the Church: God’s Care Through God’s People

 

9) The Biblical Counseling Movement after Adams

 

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Top Christian Counseling Books // #9

Within the biblical counseling movement, what are the differences between the foundational work of Jay Adams and that of current thought leaders such as David Powlison?

Heath Lambert, PhD looks at them in a in-depth manner in The Biblical Counseling Movement after Adams.  Lambert is the Executive Director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and is the Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church Jacksonville, FL. He establishes a framework that gives readers an overview of the biblical counseling movement’s past, present, and future.

The Biblical Counseling Movement after Adams

 

10) Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God’s Resources in Scripture

 

 

Top Christian Counseling Books // #10

In Counseling the Hard Cases, editors Stuart Scott and Heath Lambert use the true stories of real patients to show how God’s Word can bring help, hope, and healing into the lives of those who struggle even with the worst psychiatric problems.  These include: bipolar, obsessive compulsive disorders, postpartum depression, panic attacks, addiction, issues from childhood sexual abuse, homosexuality, and more.

The book also shows how the graces of Christ can help these individuals. This is a must-have book that shows how Biblical counseling is superior to other forms of counseling for many individuals.

Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God’s Resources in Scripture

 

11) A Theology of Biblical Counseling: The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry

 

 

Top Christian Counseling Books // #11

 

A Theology of Biblical Counseling is a landmark new book that reveals the core theological convictions that underlie sound counseling, and practical wisdom for counseling today. Dr. Heath Lambert – the Executive Director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and is the Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church Jacksonville, FL – shows how biblical counseling is rooted in the Scriptures while illustrating the real challenges counselors face today.

This book is a great starting point for education in biblical counseling.

A Theology of Biblical Counseling: The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry

 

12) Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling: Changing Lives with God’s Changeless Truth

 

 

Top Christian Counseling Books // #12

Written by dynamic trio James MacDonald, Bob Kellemen and Stephen Viars Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling is a comprehensive guide that will equip God’s people to use biblical truth to change lives. This book will also increase readers confidence in the power of God’s Word to address real-life issues in a diverse assortment of counseling situations.  This book is highly recommended for those thinking of learning biblical counseling for themselves and to help others.

Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling: Changing Lives with God’s Changeless Truth

 

13) Scripture and Counseling: God’s Word for Life in a Broken World

 

 

Top Christian Counseling Books // #13

In today’s mad world, we need to regain our confidence in God’s Word as sufficient to tackle the real life issues we face today, says author Bob Kellemen, PhD, who has pastored for over a dozen years and now serves as chair of the MA in Christian Counseling and Discipleship department at Capital Seminary.  Kellemen show how the Bible perfectly equips us to grow in counseling currency as we use it to tackle the complex issues of life.  A great asset in preparing to counsel those in need.

Scripture and Counseling: God’s Word for Life in a Broken World

 

14) How People Change

 

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Top Christian Counseling Books // #14

How do people change?  Can people change?  What does it take to change?  These important questions are tackled in How People Change by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp.  This easy-to-read book explains the biblical pattern for change in a clear, practical way you can apply to the challenges of daily life. Lane and Tripp point out that change is a process and needs to be done in a community of believers.

How People Change

 

15) Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love

 

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Top Christian Counseling Books // #15

Who are the best helpers?  Edward T. Welch – a longtime counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation – believes friends are. In this easy understand introduction to biblical counseling he asks readers to share their burdens with one another through gentle words of wisdom and kind acts of love.  Each chapter is short yet teeming with life-giving and practical truth for helping church leaders and members love and for for one another.

Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love

 

16) Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling

 

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Top Christian Counseling Books // #16

Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling is a classic reference book by John G. Kruis  a former pastor and the founder of the Biblical Counseling Center in Jenison, Michigan.  In it’s fourth edition, this book has helped thousands of counselors, pastors, and Christians help others.  A nice feature is that when you need verses on how to deal with a problem, Kruis lists verses together by topics to understand God’s point of view on an issue.

Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling

 

17) Theology of Christian Counseling

 

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Top Christian Counseling Books // #17

Can theology and counseling exist together?  “Yes,” says A Theology of Christian Counseling – a landmark book that connects biblical doctrine with practical living. Written by Dr. Jay E. Adams – Director of Advanced Studies and Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Escondido, California – the book gives readers insight into the rich theological framework that supports a biblical approach to counseling. The connections Adams makes between solid theology and practical application is compelling and unique.

Theology of Christian Counseling

 

18) Effective Biblical Counseling: A Model for Helping Caring Christians Become Capable Counselors

 

 

Top Christian Counseling Books // #18

What is counseling?  Dr. Larry Crabb exclaims that it is simply a relationship between people who care.  What is it’s goal?  To free people to better worship and serve God. Crabb is a well-known speaker, author of numerous bestselling books and distinguished scholar-in-residence at Colorado Christian University.  Crabb says, “I believe that God has ordained the local church to be his primary instrument to tend to his people’s aches and pains. In writing this book I have tried to be of practical help to Christians who want to be more effective in ministering to their suffering brothers and sisters.” A great Christian counseling book for those looking to helping people grow in their relationship with God.

Effective Biblical Counseling: A Model for Helping Caring Christians Become Capable Counselors

 

19) The Quick-Reference Guide to Biblical Counseling

 

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Top Christian Counseling Books // #19

Written by Tim Clinton and Dr. Ron Hawkins, this A-Z style book  assists people-helpers-pastors, professional counselors, youth workers, and lay people conduct formal and informal counseling sessions.  With a quick reference and easy to read format, it’s easy to navigate via alphabetical topics and nicely balances clinical knowledge with biblical wisdom.  A must have resource on your Christian counseling shelf.

The Quick-Reference Guide to Biblical Counseling

 

 



 

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