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"Telling Yourself the Truth"   *****
by Drs. William D. Backus, Marie Chapian  
(Bethany House, 1980)

This book is an excellent resource on "Self Talk".  It details the lies we tell ourself from a scriptural point of view.  These lies have the effect of producing wrong emotions, wrong reactions and wrong behavior.  It then offers scriptural truth to counteract the lies.  William Backus is an ordained Lutheran clergyman and has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.  Marie Chapian also holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is a well known Christian counselor.  This book includes a lot of talk about what God can do for you (Gospel) along with describing what you are doing wrong (Law).  

"Boundaries:  When to Say Yes, When to Say No, To Take Control of Your Life "   ***
by Drs. Henry Cloud & John Townsend
    (Zondervan, 1992)

Depression and anxiety can result from the stress we place upon ourselves by not identifying proper boundaries in our relationships.  Even Jesus set boundaries, sometimes leaving the crowds to be alone in prayer or with his disciples.  This book helps people develop biblically based and healthy limits with a parent, spouse, child, friend, co-worker and even yourself , while still being a loving person.  This book is light on what God can do for you (Gospel), but excellent is describing what you might be doing wrong (Law). 

"Happiness is a Choice:  The Symptoms, Causes, and Cures of Depression***
by Drs. Frank Minirth & Paul Meier
   (Baker, 1988)

This book is written from a Christian perspective and effectively describes how the choices we make in life keep us trapped in a lifestyle that pushes us toward depression.  People who feel the most out of control learn that that they are not powerless.  We often have far more control over both our circumstances, and how we think about our life, than we realize.   This book is also rather light on Gospel, but an excellent resource in terms of identifying what we are doing wrong.  Perhaps a better title from a biblical perspective would be "Happiness is a gift".   





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