In the footsteps of the few
By Craig D. Lounsbrough
As Christians, we subtly fall into behaviors and patterns that are diminishing, ineffectual and compromised. These are embraced by a secular culture that delights in undermining the Christian narrative in the larger culture. Therefore, our frequently lackluster, ever-dimming, and perpetually compromising faith is reinforced by the larger culture that seeks its demise. In time, we begin to lose touch with what it is to be a Christian. Majesty and mystery fall to pulpits scurrying to explain why the church has failed to seize the culture and inspire it to better things. The relevance of Biblical principles as held against the dynamics of the 21st century seem to be ill-explained or not explained at all. We pound out repetitive principles of a faith that has forgotten how to articulate who and what it is. This book arises out of ten years in pastoral ministry and thirty years in the counseling field where the lives untold thousands of people needed something from me to grant them hope, encourage broken spirits, make sense of their disjointed journey, and at times save their lives. The goal of this book is to do exactly that.
Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: Beacon Publishing Group
Category: Self-Esteem | Self-Help
Craig earned an Associate of Science Degree from Hocking Technical College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion with an emphasis in Christian Education from Azusa Pacific University, and a Master of Divinity degree in Family Pastoral Care and Counseling from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has completed his coursework for his Doctor of Ministry degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Denver Seminary. Craig is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado and is ordained by the Evangelical Church Alliance. He is also a certified Professional Life Coach.
Craig has over twenty-nine counseling experience with a wide range of patients in a variety of treatment settings. These have included providing counseling in two psychiatric hospitals, a residential and day treatment program, inpatient and partial hospital settings, a facility for the mentally retarded and the physically handicapped, an outpatient clinic and a program for blind developmentally disabled patients. He has also provided counseling services in a variety of church and parachurch ministries. Craig has a broad and unique base of experience counseling children and adolescents. Areas of emphasis with children include mood disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, conduct disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, schizophrenia and psychosis. Craig also has significant experience working with children and adolescents who have experienced developmental delays, varying degrees of trauma, various types of physical and/or sexual abuse, abandonment and/or neglect, dysfunctional family systems, as well as issues related to mental retardation and physical handicaps.
Craig also has a strong base of counseling experience working with adults in a wide variety of settings. Specialty areas include depression, bipolar disorder, general mood disorders posttraumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, paranoid personality disorder, and attention deficit hyperactive disorder. He is also experienced in the areas of premarital, marital and family therapy. In addition, Craig has over ten years experience in pastoral ministry. He has served as youth pastor, associate pastor and senior pastor in churches both in Colorado and California. In these positions he has also provided leadership in both state and national denominational ministries. Furthermore, he has published two books and has written for a variety of publications. He also hosted a Christian radio ministry for two years. He is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
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