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In Our Lives First: Meditations for Counselors Paperback – December 13, 2013
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Dr. Langberg is a practicing psychologist whose clinical expertise includes 40 years of working with trauma survivors and clergy. She is the director of Diane Langberg, Ph.D. & Associates, a group practice in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and speaks internationally on topics related to women, trauma, ministry, and the Christian life. Dr. Langberg is a clinical faculty member of Biblical Seminary and is core faculty with Biblical Seminary’s Global Trauma Recovery Institute. She is the author of "Counsel for Pastors’ Wives" (Zondervan), "Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse" (Xulon Press), and "On the Threshold of Hope: Opening the Door to Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse" (Tyndale House), and is a columnist for Christian Counseling Today. Dr. Langberg is Chair of the Executive Board of the American Association of Christian Counselors, serves on the boards of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in a Christian Environment) and the Society for Christian Psychology. She is also founder of The Place of Refuge, an inner city, non-profit trauma and training center. Dr. Langberg is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumna for Professional Achievement Award from Taylor University, the American Association of Christian Counselor’s Caregiver Award, and the Philadelphia Council of Clergy’s Christian Service Award. She is married and has two sons.
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Diane Langberg, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, chair of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and counselor to myriad pastors, counselors, couples, and individuals. She offers 40 daily meditations - reflections on her own experience and lessons learned in the therapist's chair. Rich in the tradition of old masters of spiritual instruction - think Valley of Vision - it draws from deep wells of wisdom to bring up-to-date encouragement for counselors in the messy trenches of 21st century life. Quotations and thoughts for reflection round out each daily entry.
"Take my yoke upon you and learn of me," says the Shepherd of souls.
Dr. Langberg offers fresh encouragement for helpers who she says must do that before they can offer true Hope to people who desperately need it.
You won't find any gimmicks here - no easy answers or quick fixes. Rather the steadiness of a long obedience and habits of the heart.
Bonus: If you're someone who likes to read "upstream," you may find yourself hanging out with spiritual sages like Charles Spurgeon, John Owen, George Matheson and Oswald Chambers. Excellent company.
In the end, Christian counseling is about loving well. About having "staying power in the alarm moments of other lives," as Oswald Chambers wrote. You don't have to be a professional counselor to find in Dr. Langberg's book a wonderful GPS for your own adventures in love and obedience to Christ in our broken, broken world.