In the next couple of weeks I hope to post a list of my top 10 biblical counseling books. However, today I want to post links to some books that I’ve found useful supplements when counseling people with common problems. Most of these are not Christian books, although a couple of them do have some Christian underpinnings (marked with an *). Read them all through the prism of God’s Word to get the best common grace wisdom out of them. For more of my Top 10 Book lists go here.
Problem 1: “I can’t seem to concentrate.”
Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life by Winnifred Gallagher
Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman
Problem 2: “I’m too shy….too much of an introvert”
Problem 3: “I’m overwhelmed…There’s too much going on in my life.”
Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul by Bill Hybels*
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
Problem 4: “I’m paralyzed by all the choices…I find it difficult to choose”
The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
Problem 5: “I can’t stop doing this and I don’t understand why.”
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Problem 6: “My Finances Are Out of Control.”
Problem 7: “I can’t end this relationship.”
Problem 8: “I’m Exhausted…I’m not sleeping enough.”
Thrive by Arianna Huffington (for the sleep chapters not the ones on mindfulness).
Problem 9: “I don’t have any friends.”
Friendship Factor by Alan McGinnis*
Problem 10: “I can’t say ‘No’”
Boundaries: When To Say Yes, How to Say No by Henry Cloud*
In addition to the Top 10, here are a few more books for common problems.
Problem 11: “I’m totally disorganized.”
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
Problem 12: “I can’t get motivated”
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink
Again, I emphasize, these are not replacements for good biblical counsel, but they can be useful supplements. They can help us see our need for biblical counsel, or fill out the details of general biblical principles; and they can also give us practical strategies and steps to implement that are consistent with biblical teaching.