The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors has chosen the 2021 biblical counseling book of the year. The winner was selected by a vote of our certified counselors.
Winner: Heart & Habits: How We Change for Good  by Greg Gifford
We know that our habits matter, in part, because God commands us to develop certain habits out of a heart that wants to please him. But do you know how your heart influences your habits and how your habits influence your heart? In this book, Heart & Habits, you will learn what the Bible says about your habits and how God uses your habits to help you change for good. Let the principles learned in this book help you to get the balance of heart and habits right, so you can experience lasting change—change for good.
Second Place: Overcoming Bitterness: Moving from Life’s Greatest Hurts to a Life Filled with Joy  by Stephen Viars
In a world full of struggle and disappointment, each one of us will wrestle with bitterness at one time or another. But left unchecked, bitterness is a destructive poison that steals our joy and the joy of those around us. We must take care not to feed a bitter spirit within us.
In this honest and hopeful book, pastor and counselor Stephen Viars shows us how to avoid the pitfalls of a bitter heart as we walk through our fallen world. He shows us how to process bitterness biblically and effectively, so that we can move from life’s greatest hurts to a life filled with joy.
Third Place: The Gospel for Disordered Lives: An Introduction to Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling  by Robert D. Jones, Kristin L. Kellen and Rob Green
The gospel of Jesus Christ—the heartbeat of the Bible—brings life-changing hope and power to real people with real problems. Inspired by that conviction, The Gospel for Disordered Lives provides an introductory guide to the theory and practice of Christ-centered biblical counseling. Intended to serve as a foundational textbook for students in Christian colleges, universities, seminaries, and graduate schools, the book also provides a useful overview that working counselors can reference in their ministry contexts.
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