Counselling troubled adults with a children’s book?


For years, Isabelle* felt lost and hopeless. Finally, she went to get some help in order to sort out a lifetime of past hurt, confusion and deception. One day her counsellor recognized an underlying problem. Isabelle wrote to tell us what happened…

“I have been a member of a very conservative church since the age of sixteen. In the months before I turned forty, I was spending time at a counselling center. The staff were having a difficult time figuring out what was at the root of my struggles. Finally, someone saw through my head knowledge and recognized that I had never truly understood what it means to be a Christian. For hours I sat side by side with my counsellor reading The Lamb, until I came to the point of accepting Jesus as my Lamb, leaving behind many years of confusion and deception. The simple and precise way in which the salvation message is laid out in The Lamb was just what I needed. My copy of that book is very precious to me.Ever since then, I have been burdened with the desire to somehow help others who may be at the same place I was at. It is not a pleasant thought to realize that, for so many years, I was totally oblivious to my lost condition. I knew the truth in my head and yet, in my heart, all I believed was the need to do my best to be good. That is hard work! I shall never cease to praise the Lord for what He has done for me…” Sincerely, Isabelle

Sorting out life’s troubles can be arduous and complex, to say the least. Sometimes the most helpful counsel is to go back to basics––to grasp the gospel on a level that even a child can understand. For more stories of people understanding the gospel in counselling situations:

(*Name changed as per GoodSeed policy)

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Author: Scott Humphreys

Staff writer, Research Planning and Marketing at the GoodSeed USA Coeur d'Alene, ID office.