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Helpful Truth in Past Places

The Puritan Practice of Biblical Counseling

Mark A. Deckard
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Puritan writers-theologians were masters at understanding the nature of human beings and applying Scripture in practical ways to help people. Looking to Scripture as the final authority, the Puritans grounded their own counselling practices in a proper view of the sovereignty of God and the underlying heart issues of people. By understanding why people struggle and the provision God makes for our struggles, counsellors today will be better equipped to guide those they counsel toward God-appointed solutions.

Mark A. Deckard

About Mark A. Deckard

Mark A Deckard serves as Director of Biblical Counseling Training, a ministry of Christian Counseling Associates. He has been involved in leadership and administrative roles with CCA and with the Prison Ministry in York.


  • Author: Mark A. Deckard
  • Release Date: January 2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Format: Large trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138
  • ISBN: 9781845505455
  • Imprint: Mentor
  • Category: Ministry & Evangelism > Counselling & Recovery


Our arrogance leads us to believe that the past has nothing to offer by way of insight and comfort for our present struggles. Mark Deckard guides us through the rich pastoral theology of Puritan preacher/theologians such as Burroughs, Edwards, Brooks, Owen, Bridges, and others on emotions, contentment, sin, depression, and more. I enthusiastically recommend this book to seminarians, counselors, theologians, and interested laypeople.

Tremper Longman

"He does not offer ready-made schemes that counsellors can apply without first absorbing the biblical insights themselves, but thoughtful consideration of the material presented here will enrich Christian living and counselling practice."

The Covenanter Witness, Magazine of the Reformed Presbyterian Churches of Scotland and Ireland
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