1. “Great Are You Lord” by One Sonic Society
This song has been on repeat in my car for weeks. While the original version by All Sons and Daughters is great, for some reason this particular take at the song has won me over.
2. Putting Your Past In Its Place by Stephen Viars
This is a phenomenal book, written by a seasoned counselor. Dr. Viars presents here a theology of the past combined with a methodology for engaging it both as individuals and as helpers.
3. How Does Sanctification Work? by David Powlison
This brand new work by Dr. Powlison is short, accessible, and insightful. Helping readers to expand their understanding of the doctrine of sanctification, Powlison points to the reductionist ways we tend to speak about it and the desperate need to appreciate the Bible’s diverse means of sanctifying us.
4. Graduating a Couple from counseling
I love graduating anyone from counseling, but I was so thrilled that after a year of counseling God was pleased to completely transform a marriage. This sweet couple was overjoyed when I told them they no longer needed my assistance. It was one of the highlights of my month.
5. Suffering and the Heart of God by Diane Langberg
This was another great book I finished this month. Dr. Langberg is a trauma expert and this work helps readers to understand the nature of trauma, the impact of trauma, and the hope for trauma victims. She guides readers through a process of helping in various types of situations. While Dr. Langberg is not strictly a Biblical Counselor her emphasis on Scripture was wonderful and her insights and guidance were extremely helpful. I loved this book!
6. The Vision, vol. 2: Little Better Than a Beast by Tom King
Tom King has written an amazing story in his two-part look at the Vision, the Avengers’ Synthezoid colleague. The story’s take on Vision’s quest to be normal was surprisingly beautiful and disturbing. It was written by a compelling story-teller and illustrated beautifully. There’s a reason this story was recognized as one of the top ten best comics of 2016.
7. Sy Thai Shores
This was a new joint for me. The service was good and the food was delicious, generous in spices. I particularly liked the cabbage soup which had a lot of heat and flavor. I will definitely be going back to this place in Downtown Saint Clair Shores.
8. Listening to Jeremy Pierre lecture on The Dynamic Heart
Jeremy Pierre is a brilliant thinker and as a result he is bringing some great content and insight to the practice and theory of Biblical counseling. His newest book The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life is one of my top five favorite books in Biblical Counseling, and this month he lectured on it at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. Getting to sit in on his lectures and hear again, hear afresh, his insights only further confirmed for me the importance of this work!
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