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Does mental health care contradict the Bible? Would Jesus approve of mental health therapy? Am I violating my faith by participating in counseling? And the ultimate question is, can Jesus and mental health services coexist? These questions are more prevalent in the church today as we see our first-century beliefs clashing with twenty-first-century science. This book attempts to answer these questions from a biblical and psychosocial scientific perspective. A psychiatrist, Dr. Neil Anderson, tries to bridge the gap: “We must realize that we are not only physical but also spiritual beings."
Therefore, some conditions (mental illness) are psychological, and some are spiritual.” If this is true, our spirituality and our emotional and mental health are essential for life’s balance. Unfortunately, many of us will go and go, to the detriment of our mental and physical health. This book looks at ways to help people with anxiety, grief, and depression from a spiritual perspective. We look at Jesus’ interactions and therapeutic approaches to help individuals get spiritual and emotional healing. It also includes mindfulness exercises and self-care tips to help our overall mental health.
About the Author: Marvin Lucas contributes his unique perspective, experiences, and education to this book. Marvin has two master’s degrees, one in general counseling and one in pastoral counseling. He has had his own counseling practice for several years specializing in couples counseling and anxiety, stress, and anger management. For the last four years, Marvin has been a professor of counseling at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. He grew up as an atheist in the UK and became a Christian in his mid-twenties. Marvin has done missions and ministry in the USA, Europe, and Asia. He has been married for over thirty years and has two adult children. His other works are Baguette Moments and Capes and Tiaras, which can be purchased at ipibooks.com. A 6-Part “Mental Health” Webinar is available for your church or your business at firstname.lastname@example.org. Marvin’s website is mklcounseling.com.