Improvement doesn't happen exclusively in the counseling office. It also comes from consideration of solid resources. Below you'll find some of our favorites with links to purchase them on Amazon (we receive no remuneration for these links, we just love the books!).
This is easily my most recommended resource. It provides clear, easily accessible information on how to think of relationships biblically that is respectful to yourself and others.
This is a new favorite. It gives a wonderful description of positive purposes of emotions from a biblical perspective. It describes well my own approach to emotions in counseling.
"Mere Christianity" does more than just make an argument for the basics of what constitutes a Christian. It provides examples of how to think and consider difficult topics well, with respect to various perspectives.
This "business book" has farther reaching implications than that. It challenges you to identify what you value rather than just what to do - the latter always comes best from the former. It is a strong challenge to consider our fundamental assumptions and choose decisively rather than acquiesce.
We love coming across movies that discuss emotions and relationships in a healthy way. Below are some examples that we've found that you're encouraged to consider (again, we are not paid for these recommendations or links). Recommendations aren't endorsing all content in the movies, necessarily, but areas that can be of benefit.
Seems like a cop out, right? This movie actually does a great job at discussing emotions, particularly that we can feel more than one at a time. It's also done in a way that both parents and kids can enjoy and learn from.
We'll avoid any spoilers in the description. Suffice it to say that this movie addresses concepts of hopelessness and despair with respect and direction - not minimizing them nor indicating they are everything. A good example for those in dark times.
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