For this inaugural book review I have chosen the book “Putting Your Past in it’s Place” by Stephen Viars.
Pastor Steve’s Thoughts: Having attended the Biblical Counseling Training Conference in Lafayette, Indiana many times I have had the privilege of sitting under the teaching ministry of Pastor Viars. I have heard this material taught in a workshop format but would have to confess the way it is set out in this book is far superior! Dealing with our past in for key areas, a case study that is carried throughout the book and a final case study at the end of the book. Why is dealing with the past so important, because we all have one! I really think this is a great treatment of a pertinent topic for today!
About the book from Amazon: Lives grind to a halt when people don’t know how to relate to their past. Some believe “the past is nothing” and attempt to suppress the brokenness again and again. Others miss out on renewal and change by making the past more important than their present and future. Neither approach moves people toward healing or hope.
Pastor and biblical counselor Stephen Viars introduces a third way to view one’s personal history―by exploring the role of the past as God intended. Using Scripture to lead readers forward, Viars provides practical measures to
- understand the important place “the past” is given in Scripture
- replace guilt and despair with forgiveness and hope
- turn failures into stepping stones for growth
This motivating, compassionate resource is for anyone ready to review and release the past so that God can transform their behaviors, relationships, and their ability to hope in a future.
About the Author from Amazon: Stephen Viars earned his DMin degree in biblical counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and has served as a pastor and biblical counselor for more than 20 years at Faith Baptist Church and Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries in Lafayette, Indiana. He serves as the president of the board of the Biblical Counselors Coalition, the vice president of the board of National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, and is a frequent speaker at conferences, colleges, and seminaries in the United States and abroad.