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"Forgiving Yourself - Part I"

Our guilt overwhelms us as the sins of our past creep up and haunt us from day to day. We should have decided one way, the right way, but instead we chose poorly and now we must suffer the consequences . . .

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"Forgiving Yourself - Part II"

How many times have we questioned our past actions and refused to allow ourselves the opportunity to feel peace and be forgiven . . .

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"Making Love Work in Your Marriage"

I've been married for almost seven years, and my relationship with my wife improves each year. Sure, we've been through some difficult times . . .

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"A Parent's Mission Statement"

Most business organizations and churches have mission statements to direct their focus so they do not stray from their ultimate goals . . .

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RECOMMENDED READING

The following resources have been read and recommended by Foundations Christian Counseling Services, Inc. staff as biblical resources for your study and improving relationships with God and others. In addition you can purchase the book(s) directly from our partner ChristianBook.com!

Topics: Addiction, Anxiety / Peer Pressure / Esteem, Church Struggles, Faith Issues, Marriage or Parenting.

Addiction

Addictions - A Banquet in the Grave: Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel

By: Edward T. Welch

In Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave Welch teaches that the hopelessness of the "sickness, recovery, relapse" cycle needs to be replaced with the biblical view of sin, salvation, and sanctification. The addict must face the fact that what and who he worships will control his life and that true freedom can only come through the cross.

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Anxiety / Peer Pressure / Esteem

When People Are Big and God Is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man

By: Edward Welch

"In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?" So sings the Psalmist. But quote that to a crime victim or a junior high student and they'll tell you fear of "mortal men" can prove a formidable obstacle! Here Welch offers biblical insight and solutions for a pervasive weakness in today's church.

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Depression: A Stubborn Darkness

By: Edward T. Welch

Looking away from despair towards hope can feel risky. What if God doesn't come through for you? What if you don't feel instantly better? Instead of offering simple platitudes or unrealistic "cure-all" formulas, Edward T. Welch addresses the complex nature of depression with compassion and insight, applying the rich treasures of the gospel, and giving fresh hope to those who struggle. Originally published as Depression: A Stubborn Darkness - Light for the Path, this new edition is updated with added content.

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Search for Significance

By: Robert S. McGee

Do any of these characteristics describe you?

  • Always having to achieve more

  • Always thinking you need others' approval

  • Feeling unworthy of love and deserving of punishment

  • Thinking you cannot change and are hopeless

All of us have these thoughts occasionally, but if you think you are often feeling one or more of these symptoms, The Search for Significance Workbook is written for you.

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Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest

By: Edward T. Welch

Learn to conquer your fear! Acknowledging that it is our travel companion from infancy to death, respected counselor Welch investigates the ramifications of living in the grip of anxiety, worry, and dread---and offers a biblical road map that leads to a life of peace and security. Comprehensive, conversational, and comforting!

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Church Struggles

Firestorm: Preventing and Overcoming Church Conflict

By: Ron Susek

Conflicts in the church usually progress in six phases. Do you know what they are? Pastor Susek helps you identify each one and provides experienced counsel on how to handle them. He also offers guidance for restoring faith and hope in the aftermath of controversy. Includes a detailed conflict-resolution plan and addresses for pastoral support groups.

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Faith Issues

The Purifying Power of Living by Faith in FUTURE GRACE

By: John Piper

"Future Grace" shows the believer the faithfulness of God to His people in the past, present and future and how God's grace "has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home." Piper shares how living by faith in future grace impacts the life of the believer in every area of their lives. This book is strongly recommended for those struggling with health issues, grief, lack of faith, anxiety, shame and pride.

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Marriage

How to Act Right When Your Spouse Acts Wrong

By: Leslie Vernick

In marriage, God is not concerned with our happiness, but He is concerned about our holiness. This is a biblically-based resource to encourage spouses to become more Christ-like by loving our spouses even when they sin against us in hopes that they will see His love work through you. Loving our spouses will vary in its forms. The reader will become encouraged to love their spouse in areas that they need real love, rather than what they might think or feel that they need.

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A Celebration of Sex: A Guide to Enjoying God's Gift of Sexual Intimacy

By: Douglas E. Rosenau

A recommended reading for all married couples who are struggling with their sexual relationship, or who desire to improve their sexual relationship. This book addresses common sexual dysfunctions, enhancing love making, and methods of overcoming common difficulties. Although one may not agree with everything the author shares, this resource offers considerable knowledge to improve sexual intimacy within marriage.

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Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires, the Respect He Desperately Needs

By: Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

This book is based on the biblical passage from Ephesians 5:33 (But every husband must love his wife as he loves himself, and wives should respect their husbands). His premise is that communication between a husband and wife is often frustrated because of the vastly different ways in which men and women perceive love. Women are wired to need unconditional love and men need to feel unconditionally respected. Revitalize the love in your marriage!

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Parenting

Shepherding a Child's Heart

By: Ted Tripp

A recommended reading for parents of children of all ages (esp. ages 2-18). Tripp does a fantastic job helping the parent to seek God's wisdom in parenting by looking at the Scriptures and applying them to the lives of the parents and children. Tripp encourages the parent to not just look at the behaviors of the child, but the motivations of the child while understanding that their motivations for the actions and our motivations for our actions are not terribly different.

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Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens

By: Paul David Tripp

Are you hoping to merely survive your teenagers? With compassion, wit and wisdom, Tripp uncovers the heart issues affecting families during the often chaotic adolescent years. Gain assurance of God's provision for parenting success and discover ways to seize the countless opportunities to deepen communication, learn, and grow with your teens.

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The Smart Stepfamily

By: Ron L. Deal

When reality meets The Brady Bunch, guess which wins. Exploding the "blended" family myth, Deal offers practical solutions to the inevitable difficulties facing today's stepfamilies. Ideal for remarried and soon-to-be married couples, his real-world resource helps you solve stepparent / child puzzles, learn communication skills for dealing with ex-spouses, and honor families of origin while developing new traditions.

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Marriage Builders

At this website, you will be introduced to some of the best ways to overcome marital conflicts and some of the quickest ways to restore love. Dr. Willard F. Harley, Jr. has saved thousands of marriages from the pain of unresolved conflict and the disaster of divorce. His successful approach to building marriages can help you build yours.

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