This Series Has Several Distinctives
- They are twice the size in content than other counseling mini-book series, but in the same league visually, thus enabling them to be displayed with minimal space via the use of a tiered rack on the counter of a bookstore or in a church foyer, for example.
- They are written with excellence and “normal language” for the person in the pew. This makes them ideal for the Christian public, as well as counselors and church ministers.
- They include built-in Personal Application Projects to be used as counseling homework, and Bible study suggestions for personal and small-group use.
- They always include a clear, appropriate gospel call to the unsaved reader that is natural, not forced. This gentle, gracious persuasion to turn to Christ in repentant faith is never a superficial urging to simply “pray a prayer.”
- They are written by men and women in the trenches of ministry. Whenever possible they are written by those with personal experience in helping others in certain areas and have counseling/discipleship experience. These mini-books are written from the furnace of life, rather than from the perspective of the classroom.
- These pocket-sized resources are ideal for you to keep on hand in order to give away to those whom you meet in life’s journey and those with whom you minister regularly.
The Issues are Clearly Identified
The LifeLine Mini-Books follow an intentional pattern which, although not rigid, provides an excellent pattern for achieving consistency between the various books in the series. The mini-books cover four primary areas of life:
There Is an Intentional Structure
Each mini-book is structured along the following lines:
Introduction: This establishes the need for the book.
Chapter 1: This defines/explains the problem from the perspective of experience (true stories and illustrations often work well to connect with the reader).
Chapter 2: Defines/explains the problem from a biblical/theological perspective, getting to the heart of the issue (expounding key passages of Scripture rather than a verse here or there).
Chapter 3: Presents the biblical solution to the problem and how it relates to the gospel, how God wants to change the hearts involved and the provision for change found in the gospel (again expounding key passages of Scripture rather than a verse here or there).
Chapter 4: Calls the reader to Word-based application, i.e. Where do we go from here? What heart and life changes need to be made to walk in faith and obedience to Christ?
Conclusion: Leaves the reader with gospel-driven, Word-grounded hope.
Personal Application Projects: These provide several pages of specific application (i.e. counseling homework) that probes the heart of the reader, using biblical truth and thought-provoking question.
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