Gospel-Centered Counseling

| March 6, 2015

Robert W. Kelleman. Gospel-Centered Counseling: How Christ Changes Lives. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014. 320 pp. $18.99.

By my count I’ve read almost half of Bob Kellemen’s 12 published books. I am both familiar with and appreciative of his approach to the goodness of God, the sufficiency of the Word, and the necessity of biblical counseling. By any standard, Kellemen has been one of the leading advancers of biblical counseling in recent years. He has directed the Biblical Counseling Coalition (BCC), written multiple books, taught seminary courses, equipped scores of lay counselors, and helped to lead his local congregation as an elder. Most recently Kellemen has taken the reins of the biblical counseling department at Crossroads Bible College in Indiana.

In Gospel-Centered Counseling: How Christ Changes Lives, the latest volume in the Equipping Biblical Counselors series, Kellemen provides his most robust and mature volume yet. Over the course of 16 meaty yet accessible chapters, Kellemen unfolds the existence of a loving trinitarian God, the difficulty of living out the truth in a fallen world, the reality of an evil personal being plotting our destruction, the cosmic change Christ has effected by his death and resurrection, the necessity of living the Christian life in community, the importance of…

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