Learn how to take a Christ-centered approach to psychiatry with Michael Emlet's new book
OCD, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder . . . these are no longer just technical terms and medical diagnoses, they are part of our common vocabulary and culture.
As Christians, we shouldn't isolate ourselves from this discussion or dismiss these important issues. But we also should be careful not to accept the entire secular psychiatric diagnostic and treatment enterprise without question. What we need is a balanced, biblically (and scientifically) informed approach that neither blindly accepts nor harshly dismisses psychiatric labels, diagnoses, and medicines that are prescribed to help those who are suffering.
As both a Biblical counselor and medical doctor, Michael R. Emlet, MD, gives readers a Christ-centered approach to psychiatry and guides both lay and professional helpers through the thicket of mental health labels and treatments with a biblical lens. In a clear and thoughtful way that puts the person experiencing mental health issues at the forefront, Emlet uses Scripture to show how the Bible engages in the discussion of psychiatric labels and the medications that are often recommended based on those labels. The first book in the "Helping the Helper" series, Descriptions and Prescriptions will give readers a biblical, gospel-formed perspective to help them understand and minister to those struggling with mental health issues.
Michael R. Emlet, MDiv, MD, practiced as a family physician for over ten years before becoming a counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He is the author of the book "CrossTalk: Where Life & Scripture Meet," the minibooks "Asperger Syndrome;" "Chronic Pain;" "Angry Children: Understanding and Helping Your Child Regain Control;" and "Help for the Caregiver: Facing the Challenges with Understanding and Strength," and many counseling articles.
Diagnoses and prescription medication is a hot topic in many (most) circles. Not only is there debate among service providers, but general debate among individuals as far as validity of diagnoses and if mental health concerns are real and then medication adds a whole new element as well. Emlel does a great job with his current book, "Descriptions and Prescriptions" with addressing these issues and concerns as he shares what he has learned throughout the years in his field of work and also the evidence of many hours spent in reading and researching. This is a book that every Pastor, counselor, or anyone in a role of counseling others whether they be of a Christian worldview or working with someone who is, should have as it will help clarify and provide guidance as to counseling and approaches to take.
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*Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book.*