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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Growth Press (November 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935273124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935273127
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Emlet has written a readable and insightful guide on how to move from the ancient text to our present situation. This book is especially important for counselors, pastors, and seminarians, but all thoughtful Christians will benefit from reading it. --Tremper Longman III, Ph.D., Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College, author of Reading the Bible with Heart and Mind

Are you, like me, unsatisfied with your ability to link passages to problems or people? With poignant insights shaped by years of teaching and counseling, Mike Emlet helps us connect the dots between Scripture and permanent change. If you hunger to apply the Bible to life, or to help other people gain an appetite, then feast on this book! --Dave Harvey, D.Min., Sovereign Grace Ministries and author of When Sinners Say I Do

In CrossTalk, Mike Emlet is serious about applying all of Scripture to all of life. Mike teaches us how to weave together the story line of Scripture with our own stories. And Mike gets the story right. It is a gospel story. Mike's passion for the immediacy and centrality of the gospel story comes through on every page. --Paul Miller, Author of Love Walked Among Us and A Praying Life

About the Author

Michael R. Emlet, M.Div., M.D., practiced as a family physician for twelve years before becoming a counselor and faculty member at CCEF. He is the author of many counseling articles and the booklets, Asperger Syndrome, Angry Children: Understanding and Helping Your Child Regain Control, Help for the Caregiver: Facing the Challenges with Understanding and Strength, and OCD: Freedom for the Obsessive Compulsive.

More About the Author

Michael R. Emlet, M.Div., M.D., practiced as a family physician for twelve years before becoming a counselor and faculty member at CCEF. He is the author of many counseling articles and the booklets, Asperger Syndrome, Angry Children: Understanding and Helping Your Child Regain Control, Help for the Caregiver: Facing the Challenges with Understanding and Strength, and OCD: Freedom for the Obsessive Compulsive.

Customer Reviews

Additionally, this book will be among the first I recommend to those for whom this is new information.
Jared Totten
"It describes a way to use the Scriptures to help people to grow to love God and others more fully in the midst of their complex daily lives" (p. 4).
Robert W. Kellemen
In his book, `CrossTalk: Where Live and Scripture Meet,' Dr. Michael R. Emlet provides a practical approach to bring the Bible and life together.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Kellemen on January 12, 2010
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Recommended: Michael Emlet's CrossTalk offers one of the most robust approaches yet to the biblical counseling process of relating the scriptural narrative to a person's life story. Its Christ-centered, comprehensive, and compassionate approach powerfully and practically equips readers for the personal ministry of the Word.

The publishers aptly promote CrossTalk with the phrase, "An antidote to 'take two verses and call me in the morning.'" For far too long, some segments of current pastoral ministry and modern biblical counseling have practiced the idea that there is a simplistic one-verse, one-problem, one-solution method to every counseling and relationship issue.

Michael Emlet's training as a family physician and as a seminary professor seamlessly equips him to teach a much more robust approach to changing lives with Christ's changeless truth. In CrossTalk, he investigates the intersection of biblical truth and people's lives by exploring how we understand people biblically and how we use the Bible in biblical counseling.

Speaking the Truth in Love

We have many books about how to interpret the Bible, but few address the topic of how to relate truth to life--how to connect Scripture to struggles. Or, if they do, they focus on the pulpit ministry of the Word--preaching and teaching, and not on the personal ministry of the Word--biblical counseling, one another spiritual friendship, and personal spiritual direction.

Emlet teaches us how to look at life experiences through biblical lenses. His focus is on the person and the passage, on how to read the Bible and how to "read" people biblically. You might say that he understands that hybrid Christians run on truth and love.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joel S. Frady on December 16, 2009
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Many churches and Pastors in our day see the need for helping people with answers for their life's problems. Slogans like "Real Answers for Real Life" are common in many contemporary churches. Sadly, many times these real answers are not Scripturally-grounded or focused on Christ but are more like the answers one would receive at a self-help seminar or from a motivational speaker. Michael Emlet's book, Cross Talk, points to a better way for Pastors, counselors and other believers. Emlet is convinced that the Bible is inspired by God and therefore incredibly useful in the life of a believer. He is also convinced that Christians often misuse or underuse the Bible by just dealing with it at the soundbite, surface level. Emlet encourages us to go deeper, to let the Scriptures speak by understanding what they meant to their original audience and then transferring that understanding to our current situation. Emlet makes a point that passages connect to people on the level of saint, sufferer and sinner, but that not every passage applies on all three levels. The first half of the book is Emlet's attempt to build the case for reading the Bible in a holistic way. The second half of the book deals with the application of the principles of the first half to two case studies, Tom and Natalie. In each case, Emlet shows how an Old Testament passage and a New Testament passage can be used in counseling. There are samples of dialogue and a depiction of how this kind of biblically-based counseling works in practice.
I was most impressed by this book. Emlet has done an excellent job of connecting serious study of the Bible with diligent application of Scripture to daily life.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Hayton VINE VOICE on February 9, 2010
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In today's world, Biblical illiteracy is becoming widespread. Even in America, one will find people without any knowledge of even the most basic Bible stories. The evangelical church doesn't fare much better, unfortunately. While the average church-goer is familiar with Bible stories and even Bible trivia, they are often unable to connect the Bible's message to the real, every-day problems life throws their way. As a result, the Bible stays tucked away on a dusty shelf, while the latest self-help book lies half-read on the nightstand.

Michael Emlet addresses this problem head on in his new book, "CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet". The book explains how to understand and apply the Bible to the problems of life. Along the way it deals with questions of nature and interpretation: What is the Bible all about? How do we interpret the Bible? What are the real nature of life's many problems? How should we understand these real life situations?

The book opens by explaining the concept of ditches and canyons in relation to the Bible. Some passages have a relatively simple connection to our modern day life. The separation from the original world and context of the Bible to today is comparable to a shallow ditch. Other passages seem, in contrast, like canyons. It is hard to visualize any kind of contemporary application from the endless genealogies of 1 Chronicles or the bloody conquest of Canaan. Functionally, this leaves many Christians with an abridged Bible. Ditch passages resonate with us and: "In practical terms, we end up ministering with an embarrassingly thinner but supposedly more relevant Bible." (pg. 16) Of course, the Bible wasn't given to us in such an abridged manner.
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