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"Beyond the Suffering is remarkable: deep, thoughtful, painful, and hopeful. It will illumine, trouble, and heal."--John Ortberg, pastor and author The African American Church has always helped hurting people through the ministries of sustaining, healing, reconciling, and guiding. This four-dimensional model is the traditional and widely recognized pattern for understanding lay spiritual friendship, pastoral care, and professional Christian counseling. Beyond the Suffering offers an in-depth exploration of this rich tradition, showing Christians proven ways to help people find hope in the midst of deep pain and sorrow. "Drawing on the riches of the African American tradition, this book sheds new light on spiritual formation and Christian nurture. A splendid contribution and a great gift!"--Timothy George, dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University; executive editor, Christianity Today "A deeply moving and helpful book. I highly recommend Beyond the Suffering as crucial reading for everyone involved in soul care, spiritual direction, and counseling."--Rev. Dr. Siang-Yang Tan, PhD, professor of psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary; senior pastor, First Evangelical Church, Glendale, Southern California "This book rips the truth about soul care from the hands of the elitist and hands it to those who lived and taught it in the crucible of suffering. The Gospel's ability to transcend race, abuse, and evil of every kind is powerfully presented. It shook me up."--Bill Hull, author, Choose the Life: Exploring a Faith That Embraces Discipleship "Kellemen and Edwards warm the soul with this scholarly reflection of the mind. Beyond suffering lies the power of new life and new beginnings."--Dwight N. Hopkins, author, Being Human: Race, Culture, and Religion "The amazing grace in the lives of blacks in America gives hope to us all of God's redemptive desire to touch our souls. This book underscores such a legacy."--David Anderson, pastor, Bridgeway Community Church; author, Multicultural Ministry: Finding Your Church's Unique Rhythm Dr. Robert W. Kellemen is chairman of the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling and Discipleship (MACCD) Department at Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, Maryland. Karole A. Edwards is a former director of "After 5," a women's small group ministry at the 10,000-member-strong McLean Bible Church in McLean, Virginia. She facilitated the spiritual leadership and management of the ministry, which disciples, shepherds, and cares for over 250 women in small group settings throughout the Washington DC area.

About the Author

Dr. Robert W. Kellemen is chairman of the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling and Discipleship (MACCD) Department at Capital Bible Seminary, in Lanham, Maryland. He lives in Crown Point, Indiana. Karole A. Edwards is director of the "After 5" ministry, a women's small group ministry at the 10,000-member strong McLean Bible Church in McLean, Virginia. Ms. Edwards facilitates the spiritual leadership and management of the ministry, which disciples, shepherds, and cares for over 250 women in small group settings throughout the Washington, D.C., area. She lives in Germantown, Maryland.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801068061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801068065
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thank you for visiting my author page.

I am the author of books on biblical counseling, equipping counselors, Christian living, grief, anxiety, sexual abuse recovery, spiritual friendship, the Black church, women's ministry, soul care, and Church history.

My latest book is "Anxiety: Anatomy and Cure." In it readers learn a biblical process for victory in anxiety.

In "Equipping Counselors for Your Church" I share a best-practice model for envisioning, enlisting, equipping, and empowering biblical counselors in the local churhc.

Coming in February 2013, is "Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling" of which I am an editor and author, along with 39 other leading biblical counselors.

Also coming in 2013 is "Sexual Abuse: Beauty for Ashes" which examines 2 Samuel 13 to present a biblical process for finding Christ's healing hope for sexual abuse.

My first book is "Soul Physicians: A Theology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction." It answers life's seven ultimate questions as it provides a theological foundation for biblical counseling.

My second book is "Spiritual Friends: A Methodology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction." It shares 1000s of illustrative vignettes and 100s of role-play exercises to equip to develop 22 biblical counseling skills.

In 2010, I authored "God's Healing for Life's Losses: How to Find Hope When You're Hurting. This book journeys with you through biblical stages of grief and growth.

I also am the author of "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction." It tells the amazing story of how African Americans turned to Christ to help one another to find hope and healing.

I also have authored "Sacred Friendships" which tells the often untold stories of over 50 women heroes of church history.

I serve as the Executive Director of The Biblical Counseling Coalition through which we provide robust resources and collaborative relationships for all those who are committed to biblical counseling.

I am the Founder and CEO of RPM Ministries. Through RPM, I speak, write, and consult on Christ-centered, church-based, comprehensive, compassionate, and cuturally-informed biblical counseling and spiritual formation.

For 17 years I have served as the founding Chairman of the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling and Discipleship Program at Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, MD.

I am an ordained minister. I was Senior Pastor at a church in Maryland, an Equipping Pastor at another Maryland church, and the Counseling and Discipleship Pastor at a church in Ohio.

I earned my B.A. in Pastoral Studies at Baptist Bible College, my Th.M. in Theology and Biblical Counseling at Grace Theological Seminary, and my Ph.D. in Counselor Education at Kent State University.

My wife of 31 years, Shirley, and I have two adult children.

Thanks for dropping by.

Bob

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mark Tanious on October 1, 2007
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Few books have touched my heart as powerfully as Beyond the Suffering. This is no ordinary story. It is the extraordinary account of the history and legacy African Americans. Using a biblical and historical modeling of soul care and spiritual direction, this book introduces many "heroes" of the faith. One thing is for sure, there is no sugar coating in this book! The personal accounts of slaves contained in this book will both challenge you with deep sorrow and encourage you with supernatural hope. But, I believe that is exactly the goal of Kellemen and Edwards. They understand that the history of African Americans is filled with terrible injustice and inequality. Yet, they demonstrate with great clarity that the history of African Americans is filled with much greater hope, healing, and forgiveness.

As a person ministering in a multicultural setting, I have been able to use the stories in this book to help people understand that the principles they contain go beyond any single culture or race. These stories are filled with biblical insights I am sure will produce great fruit for the entire body of Christ. Kellemen and Edwards do a phenomenal job in articulating the value of the African American legacy for every one of us. This book should be used in Sunday School classes and small groups all around the country. I have already shared some of the book with my youth group, which has created healthy discussion and reflection.

Finally, this book is written well. The authors navigate the issues with sensitivity, compassion, and humility. They realize that in many ways the personal accounts really speak for themselves. And after navigating through such turbulent waters (the "suffering"), Kellemen and Edwards find a way to leave the reader with a profound sense of hope (the "beyond" the suffering). And that combination makes this a powerful and transformative resource.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mel Pride on August 31, 2007
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Beyond the Suffering proved to be a fascinating experience for me and not just another book on slavery. I was able to walk with and in a sense experience the pain and the numerous challenges that the African American slaves endured during the oppressive days of unjust suffering. The book is written on two levels, it is obviously well researched and thereby a scholarly and credible source of history, but secondly, it is "jus plain" good reading, if you will pardon this expression of former slaves. The book helps to debunk the myth that Christianity for the African American is a "white man's religion". The numerous quotes from former slaves inform the reader that the slaves "got it right". They rightly utilized Biblical principles in order to help them in their time of distress in spite of how the Bible was being misused by those who agreed with and promoted slavery. The book offers a firm foundation for the origins of many of the hymns and sayings in the African American community. The song "Lift Every Voice and Sing", as well as the many other songs referenced in this book, has taken on more in depth meanings for me. These songs were born out of real experiences and calls for the reader, whether African American or of a different ethnic group, to gain a deeper sense of the pain experienced and the empowering faith that the slaves exemplified.
The book reviews the tremendous suffering placed upon the African American slaves and provides a plausible answer to the question "how did the slaves endure this much adversity?" The answer to that question is embodied in the books explanation of sustaining, healing, reconciling and guiding, a process born out of suffering that can help anyone walk with another who is in pain.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Olivia S. Pilson on December 20, 2008
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The practice is when you have not had another's painful experience, you are to show empathy; and when you share the experience you can show sympathy. As I read this book, I was moved to tears as I journeyed with the African slave people during their time of pain, despair, and abuse. I experienced emotional highs and lows; I moved from empathy to "sympathy." Kellemen and Edwards give such a vivid account of the early African slaves' painful experience and show how the slaves expressed and practiced hope in their Maker, that I "felt" that I suffered with them and also rejoiced with them. I am blessed to have read this textbook workbook, "Beyond The Suffering." You will be also.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Susan Ellis on November 8, 2007
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Looking at the cover of Beyond the Suffering, one might assume the book is only for African Americans. Not so. While it certainly tells the poignant story of slavery in America, it captures the essence of humanity when it is rooted in a profound, life giving faith in Jesus. It is a story of suffering, hope, grace, and deliverance. It paints a picture of a community that understood that shared sorrow is endurable sorrow. The stories told by the slaves remind all of us that there are always two stories, the earthly story of pain and grief and God's bigger story of redemption and glory. Beyond the Suffering is an inspiring narrative that demonstrates in a powerful way that it is possible to move past unbearable pain into the land of joyful anticipation. Beyond the Suffering is full of wisdom for today's soul care givers from the professional counselor to the spiritual friend, pastor, and lay care giver.
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