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Helping the Suffering and Depressed
As the wise men sought Jesus, seek wisdom from God
Sometimes we shy away from those who are in the midst of great suffering and depression. We wonder if we can really help them and are fearful because we feel unqualified. This section provides training and encouragement for you, so that you can encourage, counsel and help those who are suffering and depressed. Just click on the titles of the books/information below to investigate ordering it and having it delivered to your home.
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When Someone Asks for Help
by Everett L. Worthington Jr.
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
A friend has just come to you and shared her deep problems. How can you best help her? After all, you donít have any training in counseling. Should you give advice or just listen? "When Someone Asks for Help" trains you so you can counsel and help others with confidence. First, this book presents a model for Christian helping and teaches the skills of an effective helper. He provides excellent examples illustrating how to listen. Then Everett Worthington provides a five-step process to help you understand what is happening in your friendsí lives and help focus their lives and set goals for solving their problems. Those stages are: Understanding your friendís problem (and messages that donít help) and showing you understand. The second stage is helping your friend rethink the problem. The third stage is planning for change. The fourth stage is supporting your friend as he or she enacts that plan for change. The final stage is follow-up.

Throughout this book there are detailed examples and mock counseling sessions to help you learn counseling skills. Finally, a case study is given at the end to verify that you are ready to counsel and help others.
God, Who comforts us in all our trroubles
Christian Caregiving: A Way of Life
by Kenneth C. Haugk Ph.D.
Kenneth Haugk is a pastor and clinical psychologist. In his book he first describes what makes Christian caregiving distinctive and then explains how that distinctive caregiving can become a way of life.

Christinan Caregiving then describes why Christians might be afraid to trust themselves in caregiving. He then explains for each fear how God empowers us for our participation in care giving.

This book also gives some ways that you can initiate spiritual communication. By learning the art of listening we can then use Christian tools to help us explain forgiveness, spiritual wholeness, servant hood, prayer, and evangelism.

This book is a must read for anyone who would like to show Godís love and mercy to others in a natural way.

God, Who comforts us in all our trroubles
Encouragement: The Key to Caring
by Dr. Larry Crabb & Dr. Dan Allender
PROBLEM: You donít know how to encourage others or help them with their problems.

In ďEncouragement: The Key to CaringĒ Drs. Crabb and Allender first examine why true encouragement often doesnít take place: this is because people are just relating from the surface layers of their lives. Or, they are not trying to help others with the motivation of love. This book teaches you how to have a proper love motivation for encouragement. With this motivation in place, you can then properly minister Godís love and truth, to the fears and hurts in the lives of others.

The final section of this book deals with practical aspects of encouraging others. Topics covered include: finding opportunities to encourage, principles of successful encouraging, and techniques for encouraging. The final chapter presents some ideas on how you local church can become an encouraging fellowship. All this and more is presented in this book, which will help you be a deeply encouraging friend and an encourager to others in the church.
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