This is a weekly post that highlights resources from other counselors that I have found helpful. The counselors may be from the biblical counseling, Christian psychology, integration, or secular counseling traditions. By linking to a post, I am not giving it my full endorsement, I am merely indicating that I believe it made a unique contribution or raised an important subject for consideration.

Depression in Children and Teens…A Primer for Pastors, Church Staff and Christian Parents by Steven Grcevich, M.D.

Stephen Grcevich, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and Key Ministry Board Chairman, developed this series of blog posts for a teaching series conducted from January 16-February 24, 2013. Links to the posts in the series are presented here, along with a list of recommended resources for pastors, church staff, volunteers and parents seeking to serve kids and teens with depression and their families.

Moms Who Miscarry Benefit from Going to Church, Research Shows by David Briggs

In a new study analyzing six waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Youth, sociologist Richard Petts of Ball State University found that religion may increase mental health and be an important coping mechanism for women dealing with pregnancy loss.

10 Things the Woman Married to Your Pastor Wants You to Know by Shari Thomas

Women married to pastors face unique challenges. Keeping the following in mind (along with a commitment to regularly pray for her and her marriage) could affect your church more than you realize.

8 Biblical Counseling Resources on Anger by Bob Kellemen

Today’s post provides links and a brief summary description for 8 Biblical Counseling Resources on Anger.

What I’m Reading

Caring for One Another: 8 Ways to Cultivate Meaningful Relationships by Ed Welch. Imagine . . . an interconnected group of people who entrust themselves to each other. You can speak of your pain, and someone responds with compassion and prayer. You can speak of your joys, and someone rejoices with you. You can ask for help with sinful struggles, and someone prays with you.

The goal of this book is that these meaningful relationships will become a natural part of daily life in your church. With short chapters and discussion questions meant to be read in a group setting, Ed Welch guides small groups through eight lessons that show what it looks like when ordinary, needy people care for other ordinary, needy people in everyday life.

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On the Lighter Side

Because, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones,” Proverbs 17:22.

You have to have read Lord of the Rings in order to get this one; if you haven’t, don’t subtweet me for posting this one.