Gospel Conversations Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  November 2, 2015
Gospel Conversations: How to Care Like Christ Book Cover Gospel Conversations: How to Care Like Christ
Robert W. Kellemen
September 1, 2015

How does a person learn to counsel others with the truth of God’s Word? Bob Kellemen believes that the best way to learn counseling is by doing it—by giving and receiving biblical counseling in the context of real, raw Christian community.

Gospel Conversations explores the four compass-points of biblical counseling:

  • Sustaining: “It’s Normal to Hurt.”
  • Healing: “It’s Possible to Hope.”
  • Reconciling: “It’s Horrible to Sin, but Wonderful to Be Forgiven.”
  • Guiding: “It’s Supernatural to Mature.”

These four compass points combine to equip readers to develop twenty-two ministry relational competencies—the “how to” of caring like Christ. This book serves as a practical training manual that can be used for lab and small group interaction.

Gospel Conversations is the second volume in The Equipping Biblical Counselors Series, a comprehensive relational training curriculum for the local church that provides a model for equipping God’s people to change lives with Christ’s changeless truth. This two-volume series weaves together comprehensive biblical insight with compassionate Christian engagement.

The Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on Gospel Conversations: How to Care Like Christ by Robert W. Kellemen (Zondervan, 2015).

“This is a good resource for one starting out in biblical counseling, as noted there is flexibility in how it is used. The additional resources in the appendices help make this book useful for the implementation of biblical counseling ministry throughout the church.”
Reviewer: Steven Dresen
Rating: 5 Stars

“The strength of Gospel Conversations is of course found in its gospel-centeredness, but the reader also benefits greatly from Kellemen’s writing style and experience as a teacher. The book is accessible to most readers, yet appropriate for any setting in which training for biblical counseling is occurring. The net result, then, of a thorough reading of Gospel Conversations is a biblical counselor who is better prepared to care like Christ.”
Reviewer: Joshua Waulik
Rating: 5 Stars

“Church leaders need to have this book in their library and seminary professors should require this book for their classes on counseling.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 4 Stars

“For those who are interested in lay counseling or even just helping others with whom we have a relationship, this book is practical. It provides foundational principles for counseling biblically and takes one through scenarios. I think this would be best utilized in a small group or training class rather than trying to use it on one’s own.”
Reviewer: Debi Martin
Rating: 4 Stars

“Are you frustrated that you “don’t know what to say,” or frankly, that what you do say is unhelpful (often too, the case for Christians), then I would recommend Gospel Conversations, as a helpful tool to train you to speak the Gospel into any and all of life’s circumstances.”
Reviewer: Allen Mickle
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book is appropriate for pastors, professional counselors, and laypeople… I will use this title as a future reference.”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor
Rating: 4 Stars

“I wholeheartedly recommend Gospel Conversations for anyone desiring to grow in their ability to connect the gospel in conversation to those that they minister to.”
Reviewer: Brad Andrews
Rating: 5 Stars

Gospel Conversations is a most helpful book for anyone interested in learning how to Biblically and effectively provide true life transforming Spiritual Counseling as well as for someone already involved in the ministry of counseling – offering them plenty of helpful insights to improve as a counselor.”
Reviewer: Harold Cameron
Rating: 5 Stars

“We could all use some growth in this area and Bob has provided an excellent resource.”
Reviewer: Nate Claiborne
Rating: 5 Stars

“Anyone who delves into the depths of this volume will be challenged, experience growth and be better equipped for Gospel Conversations.”
Reviewer: Lesley Eischen
Rating: 4 Stars

“Christians need counselors and they need them to counsel them in the most comprehensive way. I think this book and the other books in the series will help equip people to be better counselors. I recommend it.”
Reviewer: Rani Grant
Rating: 5 Stars

“When your friend is hurting, what comes after the hug?… Gospel Conversations shows the reader how the Bible answers this, and many similar, relational questions.”
Reviewer: Elizabeth Hankins
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is awesome. It would be great to go through with an experienced counselor or small group.”
Reviewer: Heather Hart
Rating: 4 Stars

“With my highlighter in hand and notebook I am slowly delving in chapter after chapter. The author suggests using the book in a group setting. I tend to agree that it is much better suited for a group study.”
Reviewer: Sherry Legan
Rating: 3 Stars

“…a great resource for anyone who engages in the ministry of pastoral counseling.”
Reviewer: James Matichuk
Rating: 4 Stars

“I really enjoyed this book. I think it is incredibly practical and, if someone takes time to do the activities, could be really beneficial. I will say that this book is largely for those already in training to be biblical counselors. I don’t know how much benefit non-professionals or lay counselors will actually receive. I don’t think that that should scare off lay leaders fromt reading this work, however. It is well worth picking up.”
Reviewer: Daniel Pandolph
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a great book that I think all Christians would benefit in reading. We all need to know how to care for others more like Christ. This book walks you through how to do this in counseling relationships with people.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 5 Stars

“What a wonderfully practical yet theologically rich and gospel centered training manual for the pastor or layperson offering the comfort of Christ to suffering people.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is a textbook on counseling and can be a tremendous resource to guide the Christian in counseling practices. It is also a training manual, and while it can be read by an individual it would be better implemented in a group.”
Reviewer: Joseph Westbrook
Rating: 5 Stars

“I cannot recommend this book enough because of its foundational approach to biblical counseling amidst all of the self-help approaches of our day.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you are looking for an in-depth book on biblical counseling, then this one is for you.”
Reviewer: Debbie Crawford
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you are new to the world of counseling especially from a Christian perspective I would highly recommend this work to you, and I would suggest working through it with a group or at least another person to get the most out of it.”
Reviewer: Paul Horne
Rating: 4 Stars

“All in all, Gospel Conversations by Bob Kellemen is a robust and relational work. The balanced and biblical approach to biblical counseling will equip any Christian to encourage, exhort, and edify their friends and family to live out the will of God by the Word of God.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a very useful and Christ-centered workbook for counselors to learn to help others who agree that Christ and His Gospel is the center of our life and faith.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler Jr.
Rating: 5 Stars

“Kellemen is practical and rooted in the gospel and this is a work that will help the church continue to equip the saints for the task of living life together, face to face.”
Reviewer: Martin Justice
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a must have tool to help pastors train lay-Christians to be competent to counsel.”
Reviewer: Craig Hurst
Rating: 5 Stars

“…this book is not just for pastors or professional ministers, but also for “ordinary” Christians who desire to learn more about counseling others from a Christian worldview.”
Reviewer: Vanessa S.
Rating: 4 Stars