About Counseling Under the Cross

Counseling Under the Cross book cover

Via Amazon.com

Martin Luther not only reformed theology, but his understanding of the gospel revolutionized soul care. In Counseling Under the Cross, biblical counselor and noted author Bob Kellemen explains how Martin Luther s gospel-centered and cross-focused pastoral care transformed his own approach to soul care. As Kellemen mines Luther’s own writings and other first hand accounts, readers will gain a new understanding of how Luther richly, relevantly, robustly, and relationally applied the gospel to suffering, sin, sanctification, and our search for peace with God.

Counseling Under the Cross will guide pastors, counselors, lay leaders, and friends toward a rich understanding of the gospel that will directly impact their personal ministry to others. Through lively vignettes, real-life stories, and direct quotes from Luther, readers will be equipped to apply the gospel to themselves and others so together they find their hope and help in Christ alone.

My Review

Counseling Under the Cross is a fascinating read; I felt like I was right back in my church’s Reformation History class! As a European Studies major and perennial student, I loved revisiting church history and learned so much about Luther, both the man and the pastor.

Kellemen does an admirable job of making 600-year-old history relevant and applicable to the reader, whether layperson or scholar. You don’t have to be a counselor or pastor to gain from Counseling Under the Cross – something I’d wondered about when signing up to read it! But Kellemen quickly alleviated those fears with his approachable writing style and theology firmly rooted in scripture. A surprisingly quick read, given the topic, as well.

The bibliography provides a plethora of resources for additional reading or research. The one downside for me? Counseling Under the Cross isn’t currently available for Kindle – paperback only at this time! Hopefully the Kindle version follows soon.

I received a free copy of Counseling Under the Cross through Litfuse Publicity Group. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Bob Kellemen{‘About’ via Amazon.com. Picture via RPM Ministries.)

Robert W. Kellemen, PhD, is the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Chair of the Biblical Counseling Department at Crossroads Bible College and the founder and CEO of RPM Ministries. He is also the author of many books, including Gospel-Centered Counseling and Gospel Conversations. Bob and his wife Shirley have two children and two grandchildren.