Putting Your Past in Its Place: Moving Forward in Freedom and Forgiveness by Stephen Viars
About: Putting Your Past in Its Place.
Lives grind to a halt when people don’t know how to relate to their past. Some believe “the past is nothing” and attempt to suppress the brokenness again and again. Others miss out on renewal and change by making the past more important than their present and future. Neither approach moves people toward healing or hope.
Pastor and biblical counselor Stephen Viars introduces a third way to view one’s personal history―by exploring the role of the past as God intended. Using Scripture to lead readers forward, Viars provides practical measures to
- understand the important place “the past” is given in Scripture
- replace guilt and despair with forgiveness and hope
- turn failures into stepping stones for growth
This motivating, compassionate resource is for anyone ready to review and release the past so that God can transform their behaviors, relationships, and their ability to hope in a future.
“The Christian counseling world has waited a long time for a book that has substantive help for people who are weighed down with problems from their past. It is finally here! Steve Viars has taken a difficult issue and, aptly and with clarity, applies practical theological answers to it. You cannot read this book without being personally changed. If you are looking for solid biblical answers about your past, this is the book for you.”
―Dr. John D. Street, chair of the Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling program, The Master’s College and Seminary
“The gospel promises believers the power to change, but those who’ve experienced deep pain in their past often struggle with living by faith. Pastor Steve Viars’ new book, Putting Your Past in Its Place, offers practical, compassionate, biblical help for those with painful personal histories, and for their pastors and counselors.”
―Dr. Laura Hendrickson, author, biblical counselor, psychiatrist
“Steve Viars is a pastoral psychologist of the best sort: realistic, practical, and thoroughly Christian. His book really does put the past in its proper place and does so by comforting, challenging, and encouraging those who need to make peace with their past. Whether you are struggling with the past yourself or one who counsels the strugglers, you cannot read this book and not be changed.”
―Sam R. Williams, PhD, associate professor of counseling, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC
About the Author
Stephen Viars earned his DMin degree in biblical counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and has served as a pastor and biblical counselor for more than 20 years at Faith Baptist Church and Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries in Lafayette, Indiana. He serves as the president of the board of the Biblical Counselors Coalition, the vice president of the board of National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, and is a frequent speaker at conferences, colleges, and seminaries in the United States and abroad.