Identifying Heart Transformation: Exploring Different Kinds of Human Change (Counsel for the Heart)

Shepherd Press




Some people think that only Christians can experience “real change” or “lasting change.” However, such observations don’t hold up in real life. Confusion about change often exists because our understanding of the nature of the heart is underdeveloped. Both unbelievers and believers can change their thoughts, desires, and choices, because doing so doesn’t require a change of heart. Only Christians, however, can experience change t at the deepest level of their humanity, as the Holy Spirit fundamentally changes them by renovating their hearts through the process of progressive sanctification. In this helpful book, Nate Brooks provides penetrating analysis and practical application.


“'Identifying Heart Transformation' is like an accessible conversation with Jonathan Edwards’s 'Religious Affections' in everyday language with relatable examples. We need more reflections on important questions like this one.” --Brad Hambrick: Pastor of Counseling, The Summit Church; Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“I’m certain this readable and accessible work will increase our clarity and wisdom in helping every believer become mature in Christ.” --Jonathan Holmes: Executive Director, Fieldstone Counseling

"…offers invaluable clarity on how and why people change, vital concepts for Christian ministry. Nate Brooks uses concrete illustrations and biblical examples that help unpack and make operational complex theological truths about our hearts and what motivates them.” --Darby Strickland: Faculty Member, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

“Dr. Brooks provides clarifying categories of anthropology and sanctification in a way that sets the stage to better understand and help people.”
—Greg Gifford: Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling, The Master’s University

About the Author

Nate Brooks (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as Assistant Professor of Christian Counseling at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. He counsels at Courage Christian Counseling, focusing on abuse, trauma, grief, and other struggles related to loss and suffering. He has written for a variety of ministries, including the Biblical Counseling Coalition and The Gospel Coalition, and co-authored Help! Our Sex Life is Troubled by Past Abuse and contributed to Intro to Messy Care and Discipleship.