Category Archives: General

Cherish by Gary Thomas

I am presently reading and have found the book a great help for men who need to be a romantic husband with words.

I have now finished this inspiring book on Nov. 13, 2018. It is filled with ways a husband or wife can cherish their spouse.

Read it and it will bless your marriage.


The Heart of Addiction by Mark E Shaw

I have just finished reading this book and highly recommend it to anyone struggling with addictions or to any counselor helping an addict. There is also a Workbook of 88 pages that really helps to cover the book  that has 285 pages.

Mark covers the topic of addiction with clarity and at the end of each chapter there is an appropriate prayer.


Counseling Under the Cross by Bob Kellemen

I have read books about Martin Luther but this one I just finished is exceptional. What he has done as researched the letters and table talks of Luther and have discovered his counseling care for souls.Although he  wrote these 500 years ago because he was a student of the Word discovering scriptural principles based on the work of Christ on the cross is grace-saturated  and gospel focused.

This must read book  for pastors and biblical counselors is 246 pages and published in 2017 by New Growth Press.


Ministers of Mercy by Alex Strauch

This book stresses [the New Testament Deacon] written in 1992.  I have read and taught this book in 1996/7 to Bible Baptist Church in Shiremanstown, PA that resulted in the church acceptance of the system.  I know of other churches that have developed this system and moved the leadership from a deacon controlled to a elder controlled set up.

I highly recommend the book as the companion book to the larger work Biblical Eldership [An urgent call to Restore Biblical Church Leadership] by Alex Strauch 1995.


The Puritans & Counseling

I recommend:
1. The Valley of Vision [A collection of Puritan [Prayers [Devotions] Banner of Truth Trust, editor Arthur Bennett 2007, 223 pages. I read in 2008.

2.The Christian in Complete Armour 3 volumes, William Gurnall, 1655, 1658, 1662. All   I read and completed in 1909 1025 pages. Great set that started me on the armor of God.

2. Helpful Truth in Past Places [The Puritan Practice of Biblical Counseling] by Mark Deckard Mentor, publisher, 2010 reprint 2016, 208 pages. finished 2//5/18.

3. God’s Battle Plan for the Mind [The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation]. David      Saxton, Reformation Heritage Books, 2015, 143 pages. I finished  on 2/16/18.

One quote sums up the point of this very unusual book.  “Mediation  [it]”is God’s ordained plan for biblical thinking, renewing the mind, overcoming sin, and thus growing in greater Christlikeness.” [page 133.]

Note: Find this book, read and practice biblical meditation.  I will change your perspective and life as a believer.

4. The works of John Owen, ed. William Goold, Vol VI on the mortification of sin, On Temptation, On indwelling sin in Believers, and an exposition of Psalm 130 written in 1850–53; 648 pages.

5. Man’s Guiltiness before God.  Volume 10 by Thomas Goodwin,  1600-1679. 567 pages.

6. Psalm 119, Charles Bridges, 1827, 481 pages. I read in 1985 in preparation for my doctorate “Help for Hungry Hearts, A Counseling View of Psalm 119 [unpublished, 1987].


Devotions for 2018

Last year I read John MacArthur Study Bible [ESV]. This was my last reading through the Bible at the age of 82.
This year I have decided to concentrate on Proverbs and Counseling.

I have chosen two books as the basis of this study.
1. A Exposition of Proverbs by Charles Bridges, N.F.C.E., 1846. 632 pages. Started on 1/18/18
2. The Christian Counselor’s Commentary on Proverbs, by Jay Adams, Timeless Texts, 231 pages started 1/18/18.


Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the world

I have been reading this large book by Eric Metaxas. He has done it again!
I finished reading His “Bonhoeffer” and “7 Men.”
What I have discovered is that he has a great ability tell their story in such a way that you want to keep reading and along the way learn facts as well an insights about these men.
So I recommend his writings; especially Luther on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation