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Speaking Truth in Love

David Powlison (New Growth Press: November 28, 2005), 203 pages.

Have you ever wondered how to be a more effective counselor? Have you ever looked for a better way to talk to difficult people? Have you ever wanted to express faith and love more naturally in your relationships? Speaking Truth in Love is a blueprint for communication that strengthens community in Christ. The principles outlined in this pivotal work are specific to counseling, yet extend to marriage, family, friendship, business and the church. Practical in its approach yet comprehensive in its scope, Speaking Truth in Love is sure to become required reading for anyone interested in pursuing a career as a counselor or anyone else who longs for ways to redeem relationships.

Table of Contents

  • Part I—Speaking Truth in Love
    • Chapter 1—Suffering and Psalm 119
    • Chapter 2—The Facts of Life
    • Chapter 3—Hearing the Music of the Gospel
    • Chapter 4—How Healthy Is Your Preparation?
    • Chapter 5—What Questions Do You Ask?
    • Chapter 6—Think Globally, Act Locally
    • Chapter 7—Illustrative Counseling
    • Chapter 8—Talk Incessantly? Listen Intently!
    • Chapter 9—How Do You Help a “Psychologized” Counselee?
  • Part II—We Grow up Together
    • Chapter 10—What Is “Ministry of the Word”?
    • Chapter 11—Counseling
    • Chapter 12: What Will You Ask For?
    • Chapter 13—Pastoral Counseling
    • Chapter 14—Counseling under the Influence of the X Chromosome
    • Chapter 15—Do You Ever Refer?
    • Chapter 16—Why I Chose Seminary for Counseling Training
    • Chapter 17—Affirmations and Denials
  • Closing Essay—Companions on the Long March
  • Endnotes
  • About the Author