Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Descriptions and Prescriptions By: Michael Emlet

OCD, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder . . . these are not just diagnoses from the DSM; they are part of our everyday vocabulary and understanding of people. As Christians, how should we think about psychiatric diagnoses and their associated treatments? We can t afford to isolate ourselves and simply dismiss these categories as unbiblical. Nor can we afford to accept the entire secular psychiatric diagnostic and treatment enterprise at face value as though Scripture is irrelevant for these complex struggles. Instead, we need a balanced, biblically (and scientifically!) informed approach that is neither too warmly embracing nor too coldly dismissive of psychiatric labels and the psychiatric medications that are often prescribed. Biblical counselor and retired physician, Michael R. Emlet, gives readers a helpful way forward on these important issues as he guides lay and professional helpers in the church through the thicket of mental health diagnoses and treatments in a clear, thoughtful primer in which the Bible informs our understanding of psychiatric diagnoses and the medications that are often recommended based on those labels. This first book in the Helping the Helper series will give readers biblical, gospel-formed categories that will help them understand and minister to those who are struggling with mental health issues.

Pick up your copy here...
Michael R. Emlet, M.Div., M.D., practiced as a family physician for twelve years before becoming a counselor and faculty member at CCEF. He is the author of many counseling articles and the booklets, Asperger Syndrome, Angry Children: Understanding and Helping Your Child Regain Control, Help for the Caregiver: Facing the Challenges with Understanding and Strength, and OCD: Freedom for the Obsessive Compulsive.
My Thoughts...

This is a very thin book 98 pages to be exact. I would say that this book reads more for health care associates than the patients. It's geared more toward health care workers that would understand the  medical jargon.
I am a believer that has faith and I know Jesus is all we need. I also believe that Jesus gave Doctors the knowledge to know what medicines will help us and heal us.
So I am going to have to say for the average person with a mental illness this is maybe not a book for them. Easily influenced people  would maybe not understand the whole meaning in this book.
With all of that said I would give this book 3 stars and say its a book for medical professionals.
   The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.  


  1. Thanks but I think that I will pass on this one.

  2. It was really nice of you to share this one with us Mary.

  3. I will share this with my wife she may want to share it with other Doctors that she works with.

  4. Think I will pass on this one. I agree with your review Mary about trusting Jesus and yes, this does sound like a book for the professional.

  5. Maybe I could share this with some friends who really need it.

  6. I'm a hot mess and I depend on Jesus to help me everyday not drugs.

  7. I love to help others, I think thats why I was put on earth. But you have to be very careful with self help books. Maybe this is not one to share with mentally ill people.

  8. This book was geared towards those who work in the mental health field. I majored in counseling so a lot of this was of interest to me. Thanks for sharing Mary! :)