Addictions and Practical Theology (Welch)

Some years ago Edward Welch wrote a helpful book on addictions called Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave: Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel. To be sure, there are many and various dynamics of addiction. One book is not going to be able to address every aspect or angle of addiction. But Welch's… Continue reading Addictions and Practical Theology (Welch)

OCD and Long-Term Relief (Lakin)

Although I don't suffer from OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), I know people who do. It isn't much of a joking matter when someone has a serious case of OCD. I'm certainly no expert on OCD, but I do want to point out a helpful book on OCD that I just finished reading for pastoral reasons. It's… Continue reading OCD and Long-Term Relief (Lakin)

Common (Detrimental) Thinking Errors

Here's a fascinating book I recently finished reading: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression by Monique Thompson. What is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)? It's pretty simple. CBT is a type of therapy that deals with a person's thoughts, feelings, and behavior. There are specific goals in CBT and it has to do with a person's present… Continue reading Common (Detrimental) Thinking Errors

On Supporting an Abused Woman (Bancroft)

This is a book you should have on your shelves if you need a helpful resource on abuse: Why Does He Do That by Lundy Bancroft. Specifically, this is a book that discusses the various aspects of abusive men. For example, it goes into the abuser's mentality, the different types of abusive men, his patterns,… Continue reading On Supporting an Abused Woman (Bancroft)

What To Do With Our Emotions? (Groves & Smith)

 When it comes to emotions in the Christian life there are extremes to avoid.  For one thing, we don't want to totally ignore our emotions or always suppress them.  Emotions aren't necessarily sinful.  On the other hand, we don't want to make too much of our emotions.  How we "feel" about the gospel is certainly… Continue reading What To Do With Our Emotions? (Groves & Smith)