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The Gospel isn t just an ethereal idea. It s not a philosophy and it s not static. It moves and shapes and transforms the lives of those who by God s grace alone put their faith in Jesus life, death and resurrection. I am grateful for ABC s work of letting the Gospel bear it s weight on these real life sorrows and pains.
—Series Endorsement: Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Flower Mound, Texas


Cathy Wiseman approaches every challenge with diligence and perseverance and she has a high standard of excellence for all of her work in Biblical Counseling. This helpful booklet is no exception. Cathy has carefully researched and thoughtfully written about arguably the most difficult behavior pattern we encounter in psychology and counseling. Most importantly, she has done the two necessary things: be theologically sound and utterly practical at the same time.
—Lynnora Ratliff, PhD, Psychologist


Cathy Wiseman has done a masterful job in presenting a biblical case in how to deal with those who are struggling with what psychology refers to as Borderline Personality Disorder. Her years of experience and frustration in the secular psychological world led her to pursue a biblical understanding of this topic. Not only is this booklet helpful in giving the reader an understanding of BPD, but it also offers hope to those who struggle with this spiritual condition and help for those who are ministering to them. I think you will find this booklet most helpful in equipping you to understand and minister to those who have been labeled BPD.



Thoughtful , thorough , insightful , Biblical and extremely practical are a few of the words that came to mind as I read Cathy s booklet dealing with Borderline Personality Disorder. The term itself can be very intimidating until one understands that it is just a label that identifies certain behavioral characteristics. In this booklet, Cathy helps us understand what those characteristics are and how to deal with them through Scripture as the counselor looks beyond the behavior and focuses on the heart that is exposed by the behavior. I think you will find this article most helpful in ministering to those who have been labeled BPD. It is without any reservation that I recommend this booklet to you.

—Dell W. Canright, Chairman of Biblical Counseling, Arlington Baptist College.

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"Cathy Wiseman . . . has a high standard of excellence for all of her work in biblical counseling. This helpful booklet is no exception. . . . Theologically sound and utterly practical at the same time." --Lynnora Ratliff, PhD, Psychologist

"The gospel isn't just an ethereal idea. It's not a philosophy and it's not static. It moves and shapes and transforms. I am grateful for ABC's work of letting the gospel bear its weight on these real life sorrows and pains." --Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Flower Mound, Texas

About the Author

Cathy Wiseman is an adjunct professor at Arlington Baptist College in Arlington, Texas, and is a certified Christian counselor and a member of the association of Biblical Counselors.
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Product Details

  • Series: Gospel for Real Life
  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: P&R (April 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596384220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596384224
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book was helpful understanding Borderline Personality Disorder in a Biblical perspective.
It is not the book I would recommend to begin your journey of knowing and discovering borderline behavior or people, there are much better books for this. I believe even the authors of this book might agree with these statements. When I read the short editorial reviews describing the book, I think they express the same.
If you are a follower of Christ, after you are relatively sure a Borderline is in your life, it is time to read this book. Doing so will help you understand your role and more important the actions (often lack of action) Christ feels is the best way for you to live in his love.
In my experience following Christ with a Borderline spouse is much easier once you accept your reality. Once that reality is accepted, go to this book.
I was filled with doubt in my self and in my marriage until I knew about Borderline behavior. I suspect Christians living with a borderline will especially understand this statement.
The book was a huge help understanding the adjustments I needed to make in my life to love in and with Christ. God did not want me to live with all the doubt I carried with me each and every day.
If you are shopping for books on Borderline Personality Disorder you have my prayers. The path is not easy, this book will help.
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I have read a lot on Borderline Personality Disorder because my son literally had a nervous breakdown after 13 years of marriage to a woman with this disorder. I like this little book because it is simple, straight forward and very accurate in describing borderline
behaviour and actions. It doesnt give exstensive advice but focuses on the one thing that is most effective in treating a borderline--long term commitment by 3 or 4 people who will learn what to do to help the borderline find their way out of the prison of pain, rage, hate, and fear they cannot escape on their own. Borderlines take a lot out of a person so it is brilliant to have a team of people who can work together to ensure that the borderline has the attention and love they need so desparately to combat their feelings of lonliness and distrust. A team can share the responsibility so that no one person gets overwhelmed by the demands on their time/patience/emotions. As a Christian I am glad that the need for Godly love, prayer, scriptural guidance and patience are included in this book as the most vital aids to the recovery of a borderline.
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I was hoping to find a book with some helpful Scripture as I navigate borderline personality disorder as an adult, mother, wife, and employee. I have chosen to pursue therapy with a dialectical behavioral therapy certified counselor, and I also take an antidepressant. Without these two gifts from God in my life, I would have succumbed to suicide by now. If I had listened to hogwash like what is presented in this book (which was spewed at me by various condescending and judgmental pastors who blamed my problems on me - or my sins - not my biology or the trauma I experienced throughout my life)

This book presents BPD as a result of a lack of trust in God. It refutes the medical research that proves there is a biological basis for BPD and that is often triggered, or escalated, by trauma such as child abuse, a non-validating home environment where you are pressured to conform rather than celebrated for who you are; rape, domestic violence, drug abuse/use to self-medicate. The author breaks down BPD by DSM-IV criteria, explaining exactly how each symptom is your own fault and no one else's. She prescribes a careful deconstruction of your self-esteem, self-worth, and whatever personality integrity you are left with in the wake of BPD: all are to be laid aside for perfect trust in God, who will heal you if you do everything right.

This is the antithesis of the grace Jesus lived and preached. This book is, at best, unhelpful, and at worst, potentially even more damaging to the reader. I struggled with deep suicidal thoughts after reading this book, because of how it reinforced the messages of my childhood that I wasn't worth anything - in fact, I am inherently bad, wicked, and flawed, and all my suffering is my own fault.

I would not recommend this book.
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I have BPD. I am an evangelical Christian. However, let me tell you MY side. In the 25 or so years I've been seeking help for my issues I went primarily to a variety of Christian therapists and psychiatrists to honor God. I've even spoke to a number of pastors. Not only did I often not get much help, but, I either got put down, got kicked out of one therapist's office, was not believed, or, worse, Christians have often turned their back on me and pretended that I didn't exist when I tried to explain what I had or go through. Talk about Christians shooting their own wounded!

Now this author wants me to find a few committed Christians to support me for something that may take years to process. I couldn't find any willing to listen to me without patronizing me, giving me trite answers, or worse. Believe me, I looked. The author naively assumes that if you ask for help with mental health problems, the church would fall all over itself in offering help. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Also, the author expects me to read these Bible verses she offers, and, presto chango, I'm supposed to understand everything they say, believe it, and be ok in a short amount of time and before people give up on me. We'll, I'm sorry, but it just doesn't work like that. It takes a long time to believe there is such love given my experiences with Christians at all levels. Between the childhood sexual and verbal abuse, the lack of answered prayer for relief, and the uncaring attitude I've found with Christians, is it any wonder that I have a real problem with trusting God, and, therefore truly believing what the Bible says?
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