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Christian Counselor's Medical Desk Reference

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Item Number: K096
Author: Smith, Robert D., MD
ISBN: 9781889032269
481 pages, hardcover

Do you feel intimidated when your counselee is diagnosed with a “disease”?
Is your counselee physically ill or is it “all in his head”?
What should your counselee’s goals be in dealing with this disease?
What are the purposes and side effects of the medication he is on?
What is most important — being comfortable, free of pain, and having no sickness,  or becoming more like Jesus Christ?

Dr. Robert Smith combines extensive experience in medical practice and biblical counseling with a commitment to the sufficiency of scripture to provide real answers to these perplexing questions. He gives the medical layman information and biblical counsel on difficult issues such as…
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Sexual Problems
“Doc” also explores general biblical principles regarding health, illness, and the believer’s calling to glorify God in everything. There is hope for the believer — victory, not relief. Relief is not inherently wrong, but it becomes wrong when it is the primary goal. God promises victory in illnesses and trials, not deliverance from them. Even if the illness makes a significant change in one’s lifestyle, He is still intending to glorify Himself in it.

Since the inception of Nouthetic Counseling, those associated with the movement have recognized the importance of working together with physicians. In James 5, the elders of the church are directed to call upon God in prayer, to confess sins (when necessary), and to use medicine to heal the sick. Because this has been our firm and continuing position, we have always been concerned not to counsel persons whose problems might possibly stem from organic causes as if they did not. But to distinguish between the two causes is often difficult since, in some cases, similar symptoms may arise from both organic and non-organic sources. The difficulty, though not totally alleviated, has now been greatly reduced by the publication of Dr. Robert Smith’s ground-breaking book, The Christian Counselor’s Medical Desk Reference. Pastors, elders, and counselors everywhere will be delighted to obtain this volume.

Jay E. Adams

About the author
Dr. Robert Smith is a retired physician; Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) board member; ACBC Fellow; member of the ACBC Academy; author; conference speaker; co-founder of Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries; former instructor and counselor at Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries; married with four children and several grandchildren and great grandchildren; B.A., Chemistry, North Manchester College; M.D., Indiana University School of Medicine.
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