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The Self That I Long to Believe in

By Craig D. Lounsbrough

Low self-esteem reaches into every area of our lives. Its power and impact is not easily understated. A low-self-esteem can be crippling, causing people to live horribly marginalized lives bent under the weight of self-hatred and perceived inadequacy. This book is a combination of thirty-eight years of walking with a nearly innumerable number of people who found themselves bent under the weight of self-hatred. Over these years, I have written a large number of articles and blogs on this difficult and paralyzing issue. This book is a thoughtfully expanded and enriched collection of this material, carefully and meticulously brought into book format. The chapters are unapologetically practical, speaking to people not in some theoretical format, for that does very little for hurting people. This is a book to lift people. A book to encourage people. A book to give them a handful of workable thoughts and a reliable road out of the low self-esteem that has dogged their days and darkened their lives. This is a book to liberate people from the chafing chains of low self-esteem.

  • Paperback: 228 pages

  • Publisher: Beacon Publishing Group 

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-13:  978-1949472264

  • Category: Self-Esteem | Self-Help

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About Author

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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