Counseling Topics Bibliography

This bibliography suggests books on various counseling topics. Those recommended for beginning biblical counselors are noted with an asterisk (*). Some of these works will be listed without annotation.


Berg, Jim. Freedom That Lasts® Level 1 Student Manual. Greenville, SC: BJU Press, 2011 (169 pages).

*Shaw, Mark. The Heart of Addiction: A Biblical Perspective. Bemidji, Minnesota: Focus Publishing, Inc., 2008 (256 pages).

Welch, Edward T. Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave. Phillipsburg, NJ: Puritan and Reformed Publishing, 2001 (298 pages).


*Priolo, Lou. The Heart of Anger: Practical Help for the Prevention and Cure of Anger in Children. Calvary Press, 1998 (201 pages).

Anxiety Issues

Berg, James A. Quieting a Noisy Soul. Greenville, SC: BJU Press, 2005.

Go to the website, click on the “QuickStart” tab, then on the “Panic Attacks and Anxiety Issues” or the “Obsessive Thoughts and Compulsive Behavior” links to view video clips about using QANS when dealing with these issues.

*Fitzpatrick, Elyse. Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2001 (224 pages).


Berg, James A. Quieting a Noisy Soul. Greenville, SC: BJU Press, 2005.

Go to the website, click on the “QuickStart” tab, then on the “Depression and Despair” link to view a video clip about using QANS when dealing with depression.

*Mack, Wayne. Out of the Blues. Bemidji, Minnesota: Focus Publishing, Inc., 2006 (144 pages).

Welch, Edward T. Depression: A Stubborn Darkness. Winston-Salem: Punch Press, 2004 (280 pages).

Eating Disorders

Berg, James A. website.

Click on the “QuickStart” tab then on “Anorexia and Bulimia” link for two hours of audio lecture and downloadable syllabus outlining the counseling issues and biblical strategies for counseling eating disorders.

Elyse Fitzpatrick. Love to Eat—Hate to Eat: Breaking the Bondage of Destructive Eating Habits. Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 1999 (264 pages).

*Notcheva, Marie. Redeemed from the Pit: Biblical Repentance and Restoration from the Bondage of Eating Disorders. Calvary Press Publishing, 2011 (318 pages).

Entertainment Choices

Medved, Michael, Hollywood vs. America: Popular Culture and the War on Traditional Values. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1992 (386 pages).

Myers, Kenneth A. All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians and Popular Culture. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 1989 (213 pages).

Postman, Neil. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. New York: Penguin Books, 1985 (184 pages).

*Wilson, Wayne A. Worldly Amusements: Restoring the Lordship of Christ to Our Entertainment Choices. Enumclaw, Washington: WinePress Publishing, 1999 (299 pages).


Adams, Jay E. From Forgiven to Forgiving: Discover the Path to Biblical Forgiveness. Calvary Press, 1997, originally published by Victor Books, 1987, 168 pages.

*Vaughn, Harold and T.P. Johnston. Forgiveness: How to Get Along With Everybody All the Time. Vinton, VA: Christ Life Publishers, 1992, 2008 (126 pages).

History of the Biblical Counseling Movement

Lambert, Heath. The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams. Wheaton: CrossWay, 2012 (170 pages).

Powlison, David. The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context. Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, 2010 (331 pages.

Homework Assignments

Adams, Jay. E. Christian Counselor’s Manual. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986, originally 1973 (476 pages).

Chapter 27 (Helping Through Homework), chapter 28 (An Analysis of Homework), and chapter 29 (Ways of Using Homework) provide many illustrations of good homework projects to use in counseling.

Kruis, John G. Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling, 3rd Edition. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 2001 (145 pages).

Mack, Wayne. A Homework Manual for Biblical Living-Volume 1: Personal and Interpersonal Problems. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 1979 (202 pages).

_________. A Homework Manual for Biblical Living-Volume 2: Family and Marital Problems. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 1980.


*Butterfield, Rosaria Champagne. The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey into Christian Faith. Pittsburg: Crown & Covenant Publications, 2012 (154 pages).

Dallas, Joe. The Gay Gospel: How Pro-Gay Advocates Misread the Bible (formerly, A Strong Delusion: Confronting the “Gay Christian” Movement, 1997). Eugene, Oregon, Harvest House Publishers, 2007).

*Dallas, Joe. Desires in Conflict: Hope for Men Who Struggle with Sexual Identity. Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 1991, 2003 (253 pages).

Dallas, Joe. When Homosexuality Hits Home: What to Do When a Loved One Says They’re Gay. Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 2004 (191 pages).

*Hubbard, Peter. Love Into Light: The Gospel, the Homosexual, and the Church. Greenville, SC: Ambassador International, 2013 (175 pages).

Knowing God

*DeHann, Dan. The God You Can Know. Chicago: Moody, 1982 (133 pages).

Packer, J. I. Knowing God. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1973 (256 pages).

*Tozer, A. W. The Attributes of God: A Journey into the Father’s Heart. Camp Hill, PA: Christian Publications, 1997.


Chanski, Mark. Manly Dominion: In a Passive-Purple Four-Ball World. Merrick, NY: Calvary Press Publishing, 2005 (247 pages).

Farrar, Steve. King Me: What Every Son Wants and Needs From His Father. Chicago: Moody Press, 2005 (265 pages).

 Lewis, Robert. Raising a Modern-Day Knight: A Father’s Role in Guiding His Son to Authentic Manhood. Carol Stream, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1997, 2007 (195 pages).

MacDonald, Gordan. The Effective Father. Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1977—now out of print (256 pages).

*Phillips, Richard D. The Masculine Mandate. Orlando: Reformation Trust, 2010.

Piper, John and Wayne Grudem, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 1991 (566 pages).

Psychiatric Medication and Medical Issues

*Breggin, Peter R., M.D. and David Cohen, Ph.D. Your Drug May Be Your Problem: How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing (271 pages.) 

__________. Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients, and Their Families. New York: Springer Publishing Company (310 pages).

*Fitzpatrick, Elyse and Laura Hendrickson, M.D. Will Medicine Stop the Pain?: Finding God’s Healing for Depression, Anxiety, and Other Troubling Emotions. Chicago: Moody Press, 2006  (234 pages).

Smith, Robert D., M.D. The Christian Counselor’s Medical Desk Reference. Stanley, NC: Timeless Texts, 2000 (481 pages).

Documentary videos and discussions on the dangers of psychiatric drugs

Simple Truths About Psychiatry. Free video series by Dr. Peter Breggin available on his website, or by searching for the series title (above) on YouTube. Titles include, “Do You Have a Biochemical Imbalance,” “How Do Psychiatric Drugs Really Work?,” and “What is Medication Spell-binding?”

Generation Rx. Kevin Miller. This 81-minute documentary is another eye-opening, independent expose’ of the dangers of psychotropic medicines. Extended trailers are available on YouTube. The DVD may be ordered from Amazon and may be viewed free on Netflix.

Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging. Citizens Commission on Human Rights.

May be viewed free at “Contains over 175 interviews with lawyers, mental health experts, the families of victims and the survivors themselves.”

Please note: The CCHR is sponsored by the Church of Scientology because the findings in these documentaries fit with Scientology’s theology. However, this association with Scientology does not diminish in any way the accuracy of the facts presented in the documents available on their website. The facts presented are well-documented elsewhere.

You will also profit from “The Marketing of Madness,” “Dead Wrong: How Psychiatric Drugs Can Kill Your Child,” and “Prescription for Violence.” All of these documentaries can be viewed free online from their website.


Dallas, Joe. The Game Plan: The Men’s 30-Day Strategy for Attaining Sexual Integrity. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2005 (225 pages).

*Gallagher, Steve. At the Altar of Sexual Idolatry. Dry Ridge, Kentucky: Pure Life Ministries, 1986, 2000 (285 pages).

Harris, Joshua. Sex is Not the Problem (Lust Is): Sexual Purity in a Lust-Saturated World (previously released as Not Even a Hint)) Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Publishers, 2003 (190 pages).

Heimbach, Daniel R. True Sexual Morality: Recovering Biblical Standards for a Culture in Crisis. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2004 (525 pages).

Hummel, Rand. Lest You Fall: Meditations to Fight Moral Impurity. Greenville, SC: BJU Press, 2005 (133 pages).

Minnick, Mark. Getting Back Up—Spiritual Renewal.

This is a series of ten messages preached at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Greenville, SC and available from the church website at 

Piper, John and Justin Taylor, editors. Sex and the Supremacy of Christ. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2005 (283 pages).

Smith, Robert D., M.D. Biblical Principles of Sex. Stanley, NC: Timeless Texts, 2003 (51 pages).

Wheat, Ed., M.D. Intended for Pleasures: Sex Technique and Sexual Fulfillment in Christian Marriage. New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1977 (256 pages).

White, John. Eros Defiled: The Christian and Sexual Sin. Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1977 (300 pages).

Sexual Abuse

Testimonies of Abuse Sufferers—These works chronicle the accounts and battles of three women who have suffered much as a result of abusive situations and offer powerful testimonies of the grace of God to bring healing and hope through an intimate relationship with God.

Jones, Beneth Peters. Mount Up with Wounded Wings: For Women From Hurtful Home Backgrounds. Greenville, SC: BJU Press, 1994.

Revell, Glenda. Glenda’s Story: Led by Grace. Gateway to Joy (Back to the Bible Publishing), 1994 (122 pages).

Van Stone, Doris & Erwin W. Lutzer. No Place to Cry: The Hurt and Healing of Sexual Abuse. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1992 (128 pages).

Help for Both Sufferers and Those Who Counsel Them

Langberg, Diane Mandt. On the Threshold of Hope. Carol Stream, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, 1999 (217 pages).

_________. Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse. Xulon Press, 2003 (299 pages).

*Powlison, David. Recovering from Child Abuse: Healing and Hope for Victims. Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, 2004 (24 pages). Ryloands Road, Leominster, UK: Day One Publications, 2010 (63 pages).

*Newheiser, Jim. Help! Someone I Love Has Been Abused.

*Pryde, Debi. Why Me, Lord? Help for Women Who Have Been Sexually Molested. Newberry Springs, CA: Iron Sharpeneth Iron Publications, 2012 (54 pages).


*Berg, Jim. When Trouble Comes. Greenville, SC: BJU Press, 2001 (79 pages).

*Keller, Phillip. A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1970 (142 pages).

Talbert, Layton. Beyond Suffering: Discovering the Message of Job. Greenville, SC: BJU Press, 2007 (378 pages).