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.
When Marriage Is Filled With Worse, Poorer, And Sickness by Lara d’Entremont
Well, that was almost 13 years ago. Little did I know that those thirteen years would hold chronic illness, financial loss, special needs, suffering children, marital strain, and overwhelming stress. I never imagined that I’d experience so much of the “worse, poorer, and in sickness” part of our vows.
- If you and your spouse are learning how to suffer well together, consider this collection of resources on suffering.
How to Be the Friend You’ve Always Wanted by Christine Hoover
We know in theory that God created friendship as one of life’s greatest gifts, but we often find making and deepening friendships complicated and complex. Some of our greatest pains involve wounds from others, or the pang of wondering if we have any friends at all. How do we begin unwrapping the gift of friendship?
- See the “What I’m Reading” below for a recommendation of Jonathan Holmes’ book on friendship.
6 Reasons Why Women Struggle in Retirement by Art Rainer
How do you imagine your retirement years going? For many women, the dream does not align with reality. A recent study revealed that women are 80% more likely to be impoverished in retirement than men. Once a woman turns 75 years of age, that percentage increases to 300%.
- Here is a collection of resources on finances (including a link to the Summit Stewardship ministry page).
Attachment Theory and Parenting with Julie Lowe (podcast)
Alasdair Groves and Julie Lowe sit down and talk about attachment theory. Length: 24:44
- If you’re interested in “redeeming psychology” consider this post ““Should We Be For or Against Psychology” Conversation Continued.“
What’s the Difference Between Depression and Just Being Sad? by Mike Albo
In the United States, close to 10 percent of the population struggles with depression, but sometimes it can take a long time for someone to even understand that they are suffering. One difficulty in diagnosis is trying to distinguish between feeling down and experiencing clinical depression. A new TED-Ed video can help someone make the distinction. With simple animation, the video explains how clinical depression lasts longer than two weeks, with a range of symptoms th Dat can include changes in appetite, poor concentration, restlessness, sleep disorders (either too much or too little), and suicidal ideation. The video briefly discusses the neuroscience behind the illness, outlines treatments, and offers advice on how you can help a friend or loved one who may have depression.
- If brain science and diagnostics interests you, consider this post “On Diagnosing Mental Disorders: Interacting with a Quote from Allen Frances, M.D.“
What I’m Reading
The Company We Keep: In Search of Biblical Friendship by Jonathan Holmes. Friendship: it’s one of the simplest of human relationships in comparison to marriage or family relationships, yet it’s one of the least understood and practiced.
For all of our progress in making connections through Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, people are consistently experiencing loneliness and growing disenchanted with the whole notion of friendship.
Could it be that our understanding of friendship has been more informed by pop culture and social media, and less informed by the vision of friendship offered in Scripture? Is it possible that friendship exists for a greater purpose than merely our enjoyment and comfort?
Does real friendship involve more than just hanging out on a weekend, participating in a book club, or hitting the golf course together? These questions and more are answered in this book.
Tweets of the Week
I pray I never reach a point where I think I have an active role in justification nor think I don't have an active role in sanctification.
— Jeremy Berger (@jeremysberger) September 16, 2017
Narcissism will interpret Jesus' message of "dying to self" as masochism when it is really the path of liberation.
— Dan White Jr. (@danwhitejr) September 18, 2017
"The language of shame is extreme. Hear it enough and you believe it." – Ed Welch, Shame Interrupted
— CCEF (@ccef) September 18, 2017
On the Lighter Side
Because, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones,” Proverbs 17:22.
Why cell phones are called cell phones
"People are prisoners of their phones; that's why they are called cell phones!" pic.twitter.com/QURpEFKt67
— Jim Holmes (@jameswholmes1) September 8, 2017