Free Friday! 24 Hour Counselor

24_CounselorHappy Friday everyone! Today’s featured free download  is 24 Hour Counselor. Click here to download.

No matter how tough the problem or how low you feel or how inadequate you think you are for coping with life today and out in the future, there is always something that can be done. 1 Corinthians 10:13 in the Bible is an important verse that every teenager ought to know and remember every day. “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength. But with the temptation will also provide the way of escape that you may be able to endure it.” The temptation to take one’s own life is matched by God’s faithfulness in giving us a solution to the problem. Someone has said that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. I think the problem often is that the teenager or the adult doesn’t see the problem as temporary and he is too impatient to wait for it to work out. But better to learn to be patient than to end one’s life.

Compiled by Richard Ross, developer of the True Love Waits campaign, the The 24 Hour Counselor features role-playing counseling sessions on 24 relevant issues that teenagers face today. Each session is scripted by an experienced licensed counselor.

Some of the topics include:

  • I No Longer Want to Live
  • My Friend May Commit Suicide
  • I Feel Terribly Lonely
  • I Hate How I look
  • Being Adopted Bothers Me
  • My parents are Divorcing
  • Someone Close to Me Has Died
  • I Feel Really Guilty

After you have read the book, we would love to hear what you thought in the Customer Reviews box on the bottom of the book’s page. Have you read anything that has inspired you lately? Let us know!

Staff Pick – A Caregiver’s Survival Guide

EllenWebEach week the blog will feature a favorite book of a staff member that’s available on WORDsearch.

“At least she still knows me and the names of her grand-kids, but I don’t know for how much longer. She’s declining rapidly and can’t be left alone any longer. I’m weary of her asking the same question over and over and over and embarrassed by her unfiltered outbursts when we’re out in public.”

“After her multiple-organ transplant I thought she’d regain her strength and be back to her old self. But they don’t tell you that the new organs don’t fix the damage the diabetes has already done to the rest of her system. Her pain is extreme and unrelenting and I’m torn between wanting to take care of her and wishing that God would take her home where her pain would end.”

My heart grieves with my friends as they struggle to meet the needs of their loved ones while bearing up under the emotional and physical load. How do we take care of a loved one while at the same time survive emotionally, physically, financially and spiritually ourselves?

What a blessing to recently encounter Kay Marshall Strom’s A Caregiver’s Survival Guide. After twenty-five years of marriage, Kay’s husband, Larry, developed chorea-acanthocytosis, an extremely rare genetic condition. The prognosis: profound physical deterioration, increasing dementia, relentless progression, untreatable, incurable, fatal… Her husband was no longer the man she married — he lashed out violently, he reverted to the mind of a child — and he needed constant care.

While this guide is riveting as it tells Kay’s caregiving journey, the insights and tools it provides are invaluable for any caregiver. Drawing from her experience, Kay offers anecdotal illustrations, sidebars, resource lists, checklists and biblical guidance for handling the challenges that come with caring for another. Kay’s “lifetime of lessons” include:

  • How do I handle the stress?
  • How do I respond to those “practicing medicine without a license” or encouraging words that aren’t encouraging?
  • How do I handle my crushing emotions — fear, blame, frustration, depression, resentment, anger, loneliness?
  • How should I pray?
  • What about the rest of the family?
  • Who do I lean on?
  • What about when home is no longer possible?
  • How do I protect our finances?
  • How do I find the blessings?
  • How do I deal with loss? And go on living?
  • Where do I turn for help?

If you are in the throes of caregiving or facing its inevitable future, A Caregiver’s Survival Guide provides abundant encouragement, understanding and practical support. As Kay mentions, “Caregiving is a journey that should not—and need not—be made alone.” May you experience her heart and God’s embrace as you begin (or continue) your journey.

Ellen Gerhard is a WORDsearch e-book developer who resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She shares a home with her 87-year old mother in anticipation of caregiving needs. However, Mom is healthy, vibrant and skipping along. Praise God.

Download A Caregiver’s Survival Guide, usually $11.95, for $4.95 here.

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100 Ways You Can Help Hurting People

BibCounsLibS“I need your help and advice” is probably a phrase you hear often. People are drawn to you for help because you are involved in ministry and value the life-giving wisdom found in God’s Word. Today more people are hurting than ever before-and here’s a wonderful tool to help you offer hope to them.

Discover the Biblical Counseling Library by June Hunt
You’ll find it’s unlike anything else for helping you offer sound, biblical counseling to hurting people. 26 years ago, June Hunt founded Hope for the Heart Ministries. Ms. Hunt’s team of licensed ministers and certified counselors has identified 100 Key Counseling Topics, and published 3,000 pages of biblical and practical advice for overcoming these problems. In printed form, this library sells for $300. The WORDsearch price for this digital edition is regularly $149.95, but it’s on sale now for just $89.95Click here for more details. Or call 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 6696.

WORDsearch Makes it Even Better!
When the Biblical Counseling Library is in your WORDsearch library you’ll find it’s even more useful than the printed edition. You’ll be amazed at how fast you can find a wealth of biblical advice on any topic. With just a click or two of your mouse, you can print counseling guides or email excerpts to anyone.

Here’s how the Biblical Counseling Library Helps Heal Hurting Hearts
Choose any of the 100 topics, for example, anger. Each topic guides you along the same 4-point outline: Definitions allow you to fully understand the topic; Characteristics help you identify cues, symptoms and reactions; Causes help you find the sources of the problem; Steps to Solution offer practical applications and helpful encouragement. You’ll also discover that each counseling key provides a page of memory verses that are relevant to the topic. These memory verses can easily be printed out and cut into convenient, wallet-sized cards for either the counselor or counselee. Check it out by viewing this short video demonstration

Learn more about how the Biblical Counseling Library can assist you in your ministry. As a part of your WORDsearch library, this resource will cross-reference with many other tools you use every day. Just click here, or call us at 1-800-888-9898, and we’ll get you set up. Mention special offer 6696.

Anger, Fear, Loneliness, Addictions and Grief. These are just a few of the heart-wrenching problems people bring you every day seeking relief by way of your counsel. I’d like to invite you to try the Biblical Counseling Library today. Try it for 60 days and if, for any reason, you are not delighted, return it for a complete refund.