The Heart Behind Counseling to Faith
For 31 years, I ran secular/non-Christian Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment programs. As a result, my profession has greatly influenced how I view scriptures and the church. I see the church structure and gatherings as God’s “rehab“; and when it does not match up with the “rehabs” that I have run, my heart aches and I ask myself “why is this so?” It is out of this perspective that I am attempting to convey the material in these books. These books are not about drugs but how we are all damaged and in need of a recovery program, which is spelled out in God’s Word. It is my heart’s desire that the activities of this recovery program return in a functional form (as opposed to a ritualistic form) to the activities of the church and into the normal life of Christians.
In 1985, I was led to seriously pray for a revelation on what God’s Word said about the activities of my profession. Soon God began to flood me with insight. The scriptures that I had learned in my previous 3 1/2 years of study of the Bible began to be connected in my mind and eventually became the completed manuscript Counseling to Faith in November of 1987. Both books, Learning the Ways of the Wonderful Counselor and He Restores My Soul, are volumes of that manuscript.
Within the last 3-5 years, I came to realize that the initial “Counseling to Faith” manuscript was really for me to use in both my personal and professional life. I integrated many of the treatment principles of “Counseling To Faith” in the “rehab” where I was the Director of Treatment. We were acknowledged in 1988 in the book, “The 100 Best Treatment Centers for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse,” and by the American Council on Alcoholism as “Outstanding 1990 Treatment Center.” In 1992, I had an opportunity to start a six-month inpatient therapeutic community in a women’s prison. It was only in reflection that I realized that the three phases of treatment were designed according to my interpretation of the three damaged soils in Jesus’ “Parable of the Sower." It is my hope that you may also come to see this treatment plan in your own life; regardless of your personal and professional context, and that you may come to know the joy of being set free from these damaged soils and into the fullness of freedom found in the redemptive work of Christ.