Where Life and Scripture Meet by Emlet, Michael R.


“Are you, like me, unsatisfied with your ability to link passages to problems or people? With poignant insights shaped by years of teaching and counseling, Mike Emlet helps us connect the dots between Scripture and permanent change. If you hunger to apply the Bible to life, or to help other people gain an appetite, then feast on this book! ”

– Dave Harvey, Sovereign Grace Ministries, and author of When Sinners Say “I Do”

“In CrossTalk, Mike Emlet is serious about applying all of Scripture to all of life. Mike teaches us how to weave together the story line of Scripture with our own stories. And Mike gets the story right. It is a gospel story. Mike’s passion for the immediacy and centrality of the gospel story comes through on every page. ”

– Paul Miller, author of A Praying Life

“Michael Emlet has written a readable and insightful guide on how to move from the ancient text to our present situation. This book is especially important for counselors, pastors, and seminarians, but all thoughtful Christians will benefit from reading it.”

– Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College, author of Reading the Bible with Heart and Mind

“CrossTalk combines the best of Bible study methods, theology, and counseling to help the sufferer, the sinner, and the saint be radically transformed by Jesus. ”

– Mark Driscoll, Pastor of Mars Hill Church, President of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network, President of Resurgence

“Many authors can tell you what the Bible is, and how to read it. Many others can offer wisdom to face life’s problems. Few can do both. Mike Emlet wonderfully bridges the two worlds. CrossTalk not only gives us numerous examples of applying the Scriptures to daily life but models how to go about it on our own. This book is a marvelous resource for anyone who wants to know how to navigate the often troubled waters of personal experience. It is well-suited for lay people and professional ministers alike. ”

– William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary, author of Truth in All Its Glory

“Ministry of the Word happens somewhere in between the proof-text snippet and the broad generalities of redemptive history. God’s person, promises, purposes, actions, and commands catch fire in a person’s struggle with personal sins and situational struggles. Mike Emlet probes for the places truth ignites and probes for the ways Christ indwells hearts and conversations. ”

– David Powlison, Faculty and Counselor, CCEF, and author of Seeing with New Eyes and Speaking Truth in Love

“This is simply the best book about the nature and function of the Bible that I have ever read! Dr. Emlet has written a superb book, which anyone who wants to understand and apply the Bible really MUST read! ”

– Samuel T. Logan, Jr., Former President, Westminster Theological Seminary

“CrossTalk isn’t your typical cut-and-paste counseling guide. No, it’s deeper and richer than that. Its pages are filled with light, demonstrating a gloriously redemptive interpretation of Scripture and deep understanding of the condition and needs of the human heart. I highly recommend it. ”

– Elyse Fitzpatrick, Counselor, Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship, an author of Women Helping Women

“Michael Emlet’s practical insights on bringing Scripture to bear on the challenging problems of life are both simple and powerful. Anyone who masters these principles and uses them in the love and grace of Christ will be a channel of life-changing truth and wisdom into the lives of others. I thank God for this book and will recommend it to everyone I know. ”

– Ken Sande, President, Peacemaker Ministries, and author of The Peacemaker

“Depression. Divorce. Death of a loved one. Life can be messy, and pat “Christian” answers won’t help. That’s why Mike Emlet wrote CrossTalk. To equip you to tackle real issues with practical, life- transforming truth from God’s Word. If you want to enhance your clinical practice and learn how the Bible intimately connects with your clients’ daily struggles, don’t miss this book! ”

– Dr. Tim Clinton, Author of Turn Your Life Around, Licensed Therapist, and President of the American Association of Christian Counselors

“As a trained physician and now teacher and counselor, Emlet brings an immense wealth of knowledge and experience—helping us mine the whole counsel of God for the whole person. CrossTalk just moved to the top of my required reading list and is one I will commend to my parishioners to take and heed. ”

– Alfred Poirier, Author of The Peacemaking Pastor

“Rejecting widespread and simplistic ways of connecting Scripture to our lives, Emlet heads down a more faithful path. He offers helpful insight as well as concrete models that make the Bible come alive in the concrete details of human life. Anyone who wants to live more faithfully in the biblical story as well as help others to do so will benefit from reading this book. ”

– Michael W. Goheen, Coauthor of The Drama of Scripture, Geneva Professor of Worldview and Religious Studies, Trinity Western University

“Thank you Michael Emlet for reminding us that we spend far too much time reducing the story of God’s redemption to a digest version, rather than opening all of Scripture to connect it to people as saints, sufferers, and sinners. ”

– Rod Mays, National Coordinator, Reformed University Ministries

“Mike Emlet’s CrossTalk gives biblical counselors crucial lessons in applying the Scripture both accurately and wisely when working with broken and hurting people. Even seasoned counselors will find themselves challenged to dig harder into applying and living out the truths of God’s Word. ”

– Leslie Vernick, Counselor, speaker, and author of Lord, I Just Want to be Happy

“Here’s a book I’ve been waiting for a long time: one that deals with the interpretation of the Bible for counseling. It is sophisticated in its understanding of the issues involved, but also practical and well within the reach of laypeople and counselors-in-training. Only 200 pages, it is bigger than it looks. Its importance is evident in its grasp of the central message of Scripture–the story of Christ–and its instruction in how to use that story to help transform ours. Throughout, the spirit of the author comes across as a compassionate and biblical lover of souls. ”

– Eric Johnson, Professor of Pastoral Care, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


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