Lay and professional counselors, along with pastors and other mental health providers have a new resource to add to their libraries. Help Me Help Others: Practical Ways to Build Healthy Relationships (Redemption Press) by Larry R. Wagner, Ph.D. offers practical tools for addressing the core issues underlying many relationship problems faced today. One of the distinct features of the book is the use of diagrams as a way to explain the concepts being presented, including God’s design for relationships and what can be done when they go awry.
“People come to us in pain, they want relief, and we want to help. How do we decide what kind of help to offer?” asks Wagner. He is wary of caregivers who offer a one-size-fits-all approach, or a prescribed “to-do” list. He says, “A much more respectful approach is to embrace people in their pain and to begin to identify its source: Is it self-inflicted, a result of harm done by others, or an invitation for deeper growth?”
Operating from the premise that since God created relationships he is the one who knows best how to repair them, Dr. Wagner offers relational truths found in the Bible as the remedy for some of the deepest hurts. The concepts explaining these relational truths were developed and refined over thirty-five years and thousands of hours spent listening and responding to people facing relationship challenges. Counselors from all levels of training, as well as other helping professionals, will find new ways to conceptualize and apply the topics of forgiveness, conflict resolution, communication, healing from past hurts, temptation, and the spiritual foundation for building Christ-centered relationships.
Dr. Wagner, a professor in the College of Counseling at Columbia International University, has a background as an associate pastor, guidance counselor, and psychologist, and is passionate about training lay counselors. Years of feedback from clients and students suggest that the concepts in Help Me Help Others are easily grasped regardless of age, gender, education, or culture.
The book is available both in electronic and print publications. For further details, or to purchase a copy of this book, visit https://www.redemption-press.com.
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