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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.
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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 (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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19 of 22 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 13 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Colin M Mattoon on December 24, 2013
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The Positive: the framework Emlet provides for counseling (Saint, Sinner, Sufferer) is really helpful and something many people will benefit from. His stress on the need to care for individuals as sufferers is a helpful development for counselors and other Christians who want to care for other Christians.

The Negative: I was concerned with what isn't said. When describing sin the book is seriously lacking. The book is very weak in addressing sin. I found the writing about sin in the "sinner" section limited and lacking. It was not focused on seeing sin as an offense against a holy God. This was by far the biggest concern I have with the book. Other concepts were explained in ways that seemed lacking or too general to be helpful. I often didn't find the explanations of concepts concrete enough to be helpful in practical situations. If you are someone who is familiar with biblical counseling and have read Tripp, Powlison, Heath Lambert, etc you may found, as I did, that this book may not be of much help beyond what is listed above. While I appreciated the inclusion of case studies in the book, Counseling the Hard Cases provided case studies that gave much more depth and insight in how to help individuals.

Overall I thought the conceptual framework put forward is really helpful but found some of what was not said concerning or not particularly helpful. I was disappointed because I have really appreciated other talks and writings from Emlet in the past especially regarding medicine and counseling. I am very thankful for the conceptual framework he provides of saint, sinner, sufferer and recommend people familiarize themselves with this approach.
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