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Michael R. Emlet

Descriptions & Prescriptions

Descriptions & Prescriptions

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As Christians, how should we think about psychiatric diagnoses and their related treatments? We cannot isolate ourselves and simply dismiss these categories as unbiblical. Nor can we fully accept secular psychiatric diagnosis and the entire treatment industry as the official solution, as if the Bible were irrelevant to these complex struggles. Rather, we need a sober, Bible-informed (and science!) approach.

Biblical counselor and retired physician Michael R. Emlet blazes a path through these important issues as he guides lay and professional church servants through the labyrinthine mental health diagnoses and treatments. This is a concise, clear, and well-thought-out book in which the Bible informs our understanding of psychiatric diagnoses and related medications. It gives us biblical and gospel-centered categories that will help us understand and effectively serve those who are struggling with mental health problems.

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Michael R. Emlet (MDiv, MD) is dean and counselor at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) in Glenside. Previously he worked as a family physician for more than ten years. He has written two books, as well as numerous articles and mini-books on biblical counseling. He is married and he has two children.


“Amid all the competing voices in our culture about psychiatric diagnoses and psychotropic medications, Dr. Michael Emlet has provided a useful gift to the church. In this short book, you will find a clear and nuanced argument about the wisdom of using or not using psychiatric descriptions and medications. Recognizing the uniqueness of each situation, Dr. Emlet will help you make the best decision in each case by creating a framework that will not be the same with each person. I am grateful for this.”
- Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, author of Idols of the Heart and Because He Loves Me


Author: Michael R. Emlet

ISBN: 9781950417094

Dimensions: 13.8 x 21 cm (half letter size)

Cover type: Rustic

Number of pages: 160

Weight: 192 g

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