by James G. Friesen Ph.D.,
E. James Wilder Ph.D.,
Anne M. Bierling MA,
Rick Koepcke MA,
Maribeth Poole MA
The Life Model: Living from the Heart Jesus Gave You is full of lessons for us all. Jim developed this handbook for Christian living, along with the Shepherd's House counseling team. Each of the five co-contributors drew from a unique realm of learning, so this book is much broader than any one person could create. It presents a unifying approach to ministries of counseling, recovery, pastoral care, prayer ministry, deliverance, inner healing, child rearing, body life and health. Substance abuse recovery programs internationally are changing lives through The Life Model's principles. Most major ministries dealing with trauma and abuse in the USA use The Life Model as part of their teaching. Churches and missions adopt The Life Model because it develops strong maturity, particularly where people must face suffering. Emphasizing trauma recovery, life-span maturity, living as a community and building joy, this book has been translated into many languages, and continues to promote healing and wholeness around the world.
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“The Life Model is not just a theory - it is a model. The Life Model does not just talk about growing - it gives you practical steps on how to mature. The Life Model does not just promote recovery - it identifies specific ways to heal traumas. And lastly, The Life Model does not just offer casual reading - it challenges you to change and grow and be the person that God designed you to be.”
“The Life Model is the best model I have seen for bringing Christ to the center of counseling and restoring the disintegrating community fabric within Christian churches.”
“The answer given here is very real - a combination of healthy spirituality, intellectual insight, a need for community and friendship - all put together to help us become transformed.”
A licensed Psychologist and Minister of the Gospel since 1981, Jim has been steadily working to integrate Psychology and Theology, as an author, a speaker, and as a Christian Psychologist. He has never been satisfied with pat answers. Always seeking deeper understanding, he is doing amazing work as a therapist, and he writes and speaks about the life-giving lessons he has been learning. Read his three ground-breaking books, and listen to him in a seminar setting. Jim has a lot to share.