20-25% of Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental illness. Divorce is epidemic. Abuse of all kinds is rampant. Suicidality is at an all-time high. Domestic violence is out of control. Cohabitation and out of wedlock births are at unprecedented levels. Addictions are more widespread than ever.
These and many other problems confront our culture today in alarming proportions. Consequently, mental and relational health issues find their way home. To everyones home.
People with these and other concerns typically turn first to the church for help. Yet most churches are not equipped to adequately minister to the depth and magnitude of these overwhelming problems. This book was created as a comprehensive resource to provide the church with practical tools to care for these hurting people in a biblically sound and emotionally healthy way.
We at the American Association of Christian Counselors hope and pray this book finds its way into the hands of every pastor, church leader, counselor, and Christian caregiver in America. Because the struggle is real. The struggle is real indeed.
“This book will be a valuable resource for the filed of mental and emotional health for years to come.”
John Ortberg, PhD, Senior Pastor, Menlo Church, Menlo Park, CA, Clinical Psychologist and Best-Selling Author
“People everywhere are hurting, including those inside the church. What’s here will heal. You need this book and the people you love need it too.”
Johnnie Moore, Founder, The KAIROS Company, Los Angeles, CA
“We are not fine; the people we serve are not fine–we all struggle! This book is an invaluable resource for helping us minister to people who need our understanding”
Greg Surratt, Founding Pastor, Seacoast Church , Mount Pleasant, SC, President, Association of Related Churches (ARC)
“Often, it’s pastors and church leaders who are on the frontline responding to the challenges of mental health in our society. ‘The Struggle is Real’ is an excellent resource for equipping ministry leaders and counselors alike to meet this most pressing need.”
Sammie Rodriguez, President, The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
“I heartily recommend The Struggle is Real….Clinton and Pingleton have provided exactly what the Church needs.”
Jeremiah Johnston, PhD, President, Christian Thinkers Society, Professor, Houston Baptist University