Available for Review: The Christian Counselor's Medical Desk Reference

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New Growth Press
Audra Jennings - audra@newgrowthpress.com

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Dr. Charles Hodges Jr. and a team of contributing physicians, health care professionals, and biblical counselors answer questions and offer solid biblical principles about counseling individuals with medical issues and address a variety of specific problems.

Biblical counselors and pastors often have questions when a counselee is struggling with a mixture of physical, emotional, and spiritual difficulties. The Christian Counselor’s Medical Desk Reference 2nd Edition helps counselors understand how some medical conditions impact counseling needs. Inspired by Dr. Bob Smith’s first edition, this book will help to guide counselors in offering specific reminders of gospel truth to counselees as they journey the road ahead.

The first section offers guidance for the extra challenges inherent with certain medical diagnoses. The second section examines the challenges associated with a variety of physical and mental conditions such as autoimmune disorders, PTSD, Alzheimer’s, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, and more, helping counselors better understand the specific counseling needs that often accompany each condition.  

  • Written by an experienced team of doctors and health care professionals with biblical counseling experience.
  • Learn about specific conditions along with how to counsel beyond labels and address the whole person.
  • Gain confidence in the sufficiency of Scripture to bring hope and help to sufferers.
What Others Are Saying

“Dr. Charles Hodges has performed a marvelous service to biblical counselors by assembling a tremendous team to address key issues that may require medical intervention. I look forward to having a copy of this book on my shelf for reference whenever I am trying to determine whether it would be wise to consult a medical doctor, so my counsel to others is as compassionate and comprehensive as possible.”
- Steve Viars, Senior Pastor, Faith Church, Lafayette, IN

“This is a book every pastor and Christian counselor needs to own and to which they will often refer. The authors combine the wealth of their extensive medical training and experience with their commitment to and knowledge of God’s Word. The case studies in each chapter effectively help the reader to better understand medical issues that often come up in counseling and the potential approaches to offer help. Difficult issues are dealt with humbly and carefully. I will encourage every one of my students to buy and use this book.”
- Jim Newheiser, Executive Director, The Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (IBCD)

“This medical reference book is an important resource for biblical counselors, showing the wisdom of caring for both the body and soul. Charles Hodges and the other contributors provide medical and biblical perspectives that are informative and readable. Around twenty years ago, I used the first edition as a biblical counseling student, and I look forward to sharing the second edition with my students.” 
Lilly Park, Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

About the Editor

Charles Hodges Jr., MD, is a family physician and biblical counselor who serves as the Executive Director of Vision of Hope and is a counselor and instructor at Faith Biblical Counseling Ministry.  He is the author of Good Mood Bad Mood: Help and Hope for Depression and Bipolar Disorder, editor of The Christian Counselor’s Medical Desk Reference, 2nd Edition, and is a contributing writer for Caring for the Souls of Children. He and his wife, Helen, have four children, thirteen grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

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