The Gospel for Real Life booklet series applies the timeless hope of Christ to the unique struggles of modern believers. This series is published in partnership with The Association of Biblical Counselors (ABC).


1. Abuse: Finding Hope in Christ – by John Henderson

Released: 4/23/2012 | Pages: 32 | Sample Chapter

Summary: A compassionate treatment of the problem of sexual abuse, using the example of one couple seeking counseling. See how the beauty and light of the gospel brings hope and comfort in our darkest circumstances.

2. Anxiety: Anatomy and Cure – by Robert W. Kellemen

Released: 4/23/2012 | Pages: 48 | Sample Chapter

Summary: Anxiety overtakes us all sometimes. Unfortunately, we may never have full victory over it, but we can still have victory in our anxiety. Learn how to reclaim anxiety to help in doing God’s work.

3. Borderline Personality: A Scriptural Perspective – by Cathy Wiseman

Released: 4/23/2012 | Pages: 56 | Sample Chapter

Summary: Sufferers of borderline personality disorder face disaster in their relationships as intense fears and feelings rule their hearts and choices. This detailed, thorough study explains how God’s Word can heal the havoc of borderline personality.

4. Burnout: Resting in God’s Fairness – by Brad Hambrick

Released: 4/12/2013 | Pages: 40 | Sample Chapter

Summary: Burnout discourages and drains us, and involved Christians are particularly susceptible to it. Brad Hambrick shows us how to budget our time to avoid living beyond our means or trying to gain God’s acceptance.

5. Cutting: A Healing Response – by Jeremy Lelek

Released: 4/23/2012 | Pages: 32 | Sample Chapter

Summary: Some people seek release from life’s turmoil through their own blood. Here, the direct, honest example of one young woman’s story points those in such pain to the blood of Jesus Christ for true healing.

6. Depression: The Sun Always Rises – by Margaret Ashmore

Released: 4/12/2013 | Pages: 40 | Sample Chapter

Summary: Suffering, in our fallen world, has always been part of the human condition—but Margaret Ashmore reminds us that our choices, not our circumstances, determine whether joy or depression rules our lives.

7. God’s Attributes: Rest for Life’s Struggles – by Brad Hambrick

Released: 4/23/2012 | Pages: 40 | Sample Chapter

Summary: Do you have a balanced understanding of God? Do you seek to emulate him and rest in his attributes? This booklet explores sixteen different attributes of God, providing tools for reflection and correcting lopsided views.

8. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Recovering Hope – by Jeremy Lelek

Released: 4/12/2013 | Pages: 64 | Sample Chapter

Summary: The profoundly intense responses to PTSD, while involuntary, are still responses—and different responses are possible. Jeremy Lelek shows how the gospel speaks to our experiences with danger and guides PTSD sufferers to peace.

9. Sexual Abuse: Beauty for Ashes – by Robert W. Kellemen

Released: 4/12/2013 | Pages: 48 | Sample Chapter

Summary: Sexual abuse causes unimaginable damage, but often we ignore it. Bob Kellemen uses the story of Tamar to journey into and back out of the pain of abuse, moving sufferers from victimhood to victory.

10. Vulnerability: Blessing in the Beatitudes – by Brad Hambrick

Released: 4/23/2012 | Pages: 32 | Sample Chapter

Summary: To love is to risk hurt. Yet Jesus blessed the vulnerable: the poor in spirit, the meek, the mourners. This study of the Beatitudes examines healthy vulnerability, unpacking ways to prayerfully implement it in relationships.




Series Editor: Brad Hambrick is pastor of counseling at The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina; chief editor of the Journal of Counseling and Discipleship; and adjunct professor of biblical counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.


Keep an eye open for new booklets in this series to be released in the spring of 2014!