When you were learning to ride a bicycle, the hardest part was the first few pedal strokes—those wobbly seconds before you built up enough momentum to maintain your balance. A generous push from your dad was just what you needed to avoid ending up in a heap of elbows, knees, handlebars, and spokes. Counseling is similar. Sometimes you need something to give you some momentum, something to give you the confidence that you’re on the right track. If you’ve ever felt like that, this book is for you.
Counsel With Confidence is a book to guide counselors and church leaders in being well informed and to help them bring about heart-based change in the lives of the people they counsel, through the right application of Scripture.
Counsel With Confidence is the most up-to-date quick reference for biblical counseling yet. Joel James has taught and practiced biblical counseling faithfully for more than twenty years, and I applaud his expertise in putting this book together. The concise entries are time-saving, insightful, biblical, and practical, which make this reference guide a must-have for any bookshelf. —John MacArthur, Pastor, President of The Master’s University & Seminary
I believe Counsel With Confidence will be the type of book you find yourself using over and over again in your ministry. I commend Joel on his foresight in taking the time to write such a book and I highly recommend it! —John D. Street, President, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors
Here is a book that should be on every pastor’s desk to enable us to be physicians of souls who will not be ashamed on the last day. —Conrad Mbewe, Pastor, Chancellor of African Christian University
I love how Counsel With Confidence neatly arrays the pertinent Scriptures like so many tools in a toolbox, which spares my trying to think on my feet about which passages to start with. This resource will be a go-to guidebook on how to sort through the information counselees present, what questions to lead with, and what advice to give that will help them apply the Bible to their situation. —Clinton Archer, Pastor
About the Author
Joel James has an M.Div. and a D.Min. from The Master’s Seminary and is the pastor-teacher of Grace Fellowship in Pretoria, South Africa. He and his wife, Ruth, have been married since 1993 and have two children.