Practical advice for anybody who ministers to the wounded. In this straightforward, action-oriented guide, Roberts draws from her 20 years of experience to offer concrete steps for helping parishioners through times of grief, death, marital difficulties, divorce, health issues, hospital stays, addiction, abuse, parenting, pain, suicide, aging, and more.
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Date:May 22, 2009
"Helping Those Who Hurt: A Handbook for Caring and Crisis" is a purse/backpack/satchel-sized treasure trove of practical, biblical information for reaching out in the name of Christ to those in very difficult situations. Barbara Roberts, the author, has more than two decades of experience in crisis ministry and offers readers concise and wise counsel for ministering in a variety of crisis situations, including: hospital visits, death/dying, aging, relationship problems, addiction, and abuse. Potential readers should not let the books small size mislead you--this book is jam-packed with practical information to help you understand what the troubled individuals are going through as well as godly, Christ-centered advice on how to reach out and provide care.In addition to this immediately helpful information, Ms. Roberts provides over twenty pages of bibliography, organized by topic, to give readers additional resources for study and preparation. With the multitude of books out there on counseling and caregiving, it is hard to overestimate how valuable this listing can be. While not familiar with every book in her list, it appears she has given us a fantastic listing of counseling's "Greatest Hits" from a conservative, Evangelical perspective.As one who has counseled in hospital, local church, and military chaplaincy settings, this is one book I highly recommend for vocational and lay counselors alike. Even those who would not consider themselves "counselors" could benefit greatly from "Helping Those Who Hurt," using it to prepare themselves to be used of God to provide words of comfort, encouragement, and hope to those in crisis.