The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors has chosen the 2017 biblical counseling book of the year. The winner was selected by a vote of our certified counselors.
Winner: Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage: Critical Questions and Answers by Jim Newheiser
Drawing on decades of counseling experience, Jim Newheiser explores forty crucial questions relating to the complexities of marriage, divorce, and remarriage unpacking the answers given in God’s Word. This useful reference work for pastors, counselors, and personal study can also be read straight through for a scriptural overview of the topic or assigned in small sections to counselees.
Second Place: How Does Sanctification Work? by David Powlison
Weaving together personal stories, biblical exposition, and theological reflection, David Powlison shows the personal and particular ways that God meets you where you are to produce change. He highlights the variety of factors that work together, helping us to avoid sweeping generalizations and pat answers in the search for a key to sanctification. This book is a go-to resource for understanding the multifaceted, lifelong, personal journey of sanctification.
Third Place: In the Aftermath: Past the Pain of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Pamela Gannon and Beverly Moore
Studies show that thousands of children are sexually abused in the US every year; most by someone they know and trust. Being abused by a known, trusted older person adds to a child’s devastation of the pain and terror they experience. Adult victims of CSA have tried looking for answers within themselves or other people’s theories, but have not found the hope and help they are seeking. That is because the only true and lasting hope, joy and peace are not found within us, but in God who created us. This book will point you directly to God’s Word where you will find His comfort and peace.