Many pastors feel overwhelmed and ill-equipped to deal with the counseling issues in their congregations. But pastors are actually better equipped for counseling than they realize. Hermeneutics, homiletics, pastoral care, and counseling all share a common foundation in the field of “interpretation.” With this book, pastors can learn to interpret people with the same expertise they use to interpret Scripture. Read Me Like a Book offers a simple, practical, and theoretically sound approach to help pastors leverage their exegetical skills to improve their pastoral counseling.
“Read Me Like a Book is based on the conviction that interpretive gifts developed in preaching and Bible study are profoundly relevant to pastoral counseling. Jason Cusick has done a wonderful job of making hermeneutics–the art of interpretation–understandable, accessible, and truly helpful. His five steps of interpretation take the mystery and panic out of pastoral counseling. Highly recommended for pastors who seek to be insightful readers of others and thereby enable them to deepen their reading of themselves.”
–Donald Capps, Professor of Pastoral Theology emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
“You cannot shepherd God’s flock without tending to the sheep. Read Me Like a Book gives you a simple tool guaranteed to increase your effectiveness in helping hurting people. If you like stories, you will love Jason Cusick’s approach to pastoral counseling!”
–J. Kent Edwards, Professor of Preaching and Leadership, Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, CA