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2018 Biblical Counseling Book of the Year

The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors has chosen the 2018 biblical counseling book of the year.

Dec 7, 2018

The results are in! Our membership has voted from our list of nominations over the past two weeks for the 2018 Biblical Counseling Book of the Year. The winner, as well as second and third place are featured below.

Winner:The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield

This book was nominated because counseling is about conversations. One of the best ways to counsel is by inviting people into our most personal lives and into the sphere of our home. It isn’t a technical book about counseling, but it is a book about setting the stage for the kind of candid, personal, warm conversations of care that must take place in an environment of “radical, ordinary hospitality”. It is the opposite of the professional therapeutic model and sets a great example for the biblical model of community and care.

Second Place:The Battle for The Biblical Family by George Scipione

Definitions of gender, marriage, and family are evolving almost daily. Surveys of younger generations show much greater acceptance of unbiblical norms. Part of the problem is that relatively few people know and understand what the Bible says, from cover to cover, about these foundational aspects of society. Read what the Bible has to say about the family from this biblical counseling expert.

Third Place:The Most Encouraging Promise in the Bible by Armand Tiffe

The valleys of life are dark places. We all experience black clouds of discouragement from time to time on our journey through life. There are times when we feel overwhelmed with a sense of hopelessness and the inability to deal with the pressures and problems we face in life or ministry. As Wayne Mack so realistically states: “It is hardly possible to live in this sin-cursed world without experiencing situations in which we are tempted to be discouraged. It may be poor health (our own or a loved one’s), ridicule or abuse by co-workers or family members, personal failure, realization of repeated sin, events in the world around us, problems in the church, or countless other problems. Whether we are experiencing events in our lives right now that could lead to discouragement or not, we may be sure that we will at some point. Jesus warned us: ‘In the world you will have tribulation’” (John 16:33).