Handbook to Happiness is a compilation of materials the Holy Spirit gave to share with the hurting during the first year and a half of ministry. Lives were transformed in the original sharing and subsequent proliferation in print around the world. Also, it is the flagship book of the movement which has become known as exchanged life counseling, having been in print continuously for 41 years. His books which followed, and a number of authors, have built on the pioneering work and writing since its publication in 1971.
The answer is the Cross. We need to learn how to die to self and find life in Christ by appropriating His work on the cross, as taught in Galatians 2:20. Dr. Solomon calls it 'exchanged life counseling'; you'll call it revolutionary - even remarkable!
Dr. Solomon's second book clearly shows the role that rejection plays n the development of mental and emotional symptoms of which depression is perhaps the most common. It is a book addressed to those who are hurting and includes Dr. Solomon's personal testimony.
Building on his second book, The Ins & Out of Rejection, Dr. Solomon parallels the topics of acceptance and identity in showing God's answer in Christ to the lack of meaningful love and misplaced identity
Dr. Solomon labeled the approach to counseling or discipleship, Spirituotherapy, and it has come to be known commonly as exchanged life counseling. Training of varying types has now been done by Grace Fellowship International (GFI) on six continents and by those who have been trained and/or influenced by the inauguration of the approach of GFI. This book serves as a text from which both professionals and lay people can profit in learning systematically to share the power of the Cross and see the Holy Spirit do radical transformation in lives.
Many believers and churches are floundering in defeat and confusion. Dr. Solomon provides the thoughtful believer with a tool for self and church evaluation and also charts a way out of the wilderness of emotional, mental, and behavioral conflicts through individual and corporate revival or renewal. While the world system is camping on the word, recovery - a never-ending process, the Holy Spirit majors in transformation of the life by renewing the mind.
In counseling with pastors over the years, I find they are unsung heroes. Then, when they encounter difficulties in life, in family, or in ministry, admitting the need for help can be not only a personal dilemma, but also a professional hazard! The option of seeking psychological help is more acceptable that receiving spiritual ministry since the pastor, by definition, is supposed to have all of those answers as 'a man of the cloth'. It is our prayer that this volume, by many who have plumbed the depths of despair, will enable readers to profit by identifying with their journey downward to the Cross and their breakthrough to live and minister on the resurrection side of the Cross for God's glory.
Witnessing 40 years of the Holy Spirit's transformational ministry at Grace Fellowship International and related ministries has convinced me that Christ-centered counseling is the best option for strategic soul care. The case studies in this book confirm that the flesh or self is the root problem. Scriptural discipleship, or sanctification by faith - that is rooted in the believer's cross (Gal. 2:20, Rom. 6:6) - is the essential answer. All kinds of non-organic psychological maladies respond to this biblically-based personal ministry of the Holy Spirit, and in a fraction of the time required by psychotherapy.
Our trusting Christ as Savior and Lord, and then trying to live for Him, is generally understood in evangelical churches. However, losing our lives and letting Him live through us (Matt. 16:24,25) is an entirely different matter!
The latter is only understood and appropriated by a minority of believers; as a result, much pathology of the soul is addressed as a psychological or medical phenomenon and subjected to various therapies. Many, if not most, mental health issues could be resolved by the therapy of the Spirit (SpiritutotherapyTM) in short order as He has proven over the past 40 years, which is documented in my book, Discipling the Desperate.
It can be inferred from the normal usage of the Romans Road in evangelism that it terminates in the Wilderness upon crossing the Red Sea.
This booklet depicts the Cross as the entrance ramp that the believer may resume his spiritual journey across the Jordan (appropriating his death/ resurrection with Christ - Galatians 2:20, Romans 6:6) to the spiritual rest of Canaan (Hebrews 4:10,11).
The highway of holiness traverses the terrain from Egypt all the way to Canaan, without a necessary exit for a scenic tour of the Wilderness!
While we have been preoccupied with building the walls of an edifice knows as a church, we have not been nearly as diligent to rebuild the 'walls' of the Body of Christ. In this book, those 'walls' are that of Christ-centered sanctification and discipleship.
Most churches continue to lay again the foundation of justification long after salvation has been experienced by the believer. With sin's penalty having been paid, let's go on to maturity with an equal emphasis on the 'walls' of sanctification by faith.
As with Luther of old, my burden is for the Church. Since transformed lives are the exception, rather than the rule, a radical shift in ministry will be required, which I am terming a completed Reformation. We owe Luther a debt for taking a stand on justification by faith. Would that he had also included sanctification by faith! Absent that, centuries of believers have struggled to live the Christian life in their own strength, with occasional exceptions who are sometimes known as 'mystics'. Their 'spiritual secret' is hereby unveiled to the Church. Let's not rest until we have a completed Reformation!
Handbook for Soldiers of the Cross is an attempt to show what was, what is, and what may come, in ministering on an individual basis at the beginning of the 21st century. We have known a society that was friendly to Christianity for 200 years which is no longer the case; secular humanism has made deep inroads into all aspects of our lives, eroding the spiritual vitality of our country. Added to this, the possibility of continued terrorism could drive many to the Church for hope and help due to adverse living conditions.
Taken together, many soldiers of the Cross must be called up by the Church for basic training to meet the possibility of unprecedented need. This book shows how ordinary laymen have been and can be used of God to participate in a great harvest of souls as self-strength proves futile.
The absence of life-transforming discipleship has caused it to fall into disrepute in the majority of churches. Therefore, there is a great need for an approach that is blessed of God.
The next step, as herein described, is simple enough for all to learn and is user friendly to share with others, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Since lives have been transformed on all six continents, it is a message urgently needed by the Church. It is taught in expanded form in Handbook to Happiness by the author.
Four Volumes of New Covenant Poetry
While there is no attempt to embed hidden meaning in this poetry, the truth that permeates it has not been emphasized in much ministry and writing in the Church for most of the last century. Therefore, our oneness or union with Christ in His death and resurrection is foreign to the thinking and experience of many Christians.
That being the case, it is necessary to meditate as you read, that the Spirit will speak this truth to your heart as it is succinctly portrayed in Galatians 2:20:
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.
In my experience, in and with churches, objective measurement of spiritual growth has never even been a consideration. Ture; fine gradations of subjective experience are both impoassible and undesirable. However, when assessed against the proximity to certain mileposts, such as surrender, it can point the way to profitable and strategic study in God's Word and materials based thereon.
Understanding of intermediate destinations can give direction and impetus for the continuing journey toward oneness with our Lord and Spirit-led church ministry.
Revival Now - Dying to Live!
Much has been written on revival - our need for it, why major revivals do not continue, and the possibility of anotHer similar awakening. However, the very real probability of individual revival is usually not addressed.
Therefore, it seems we need to wait until the Holy Spirit 'falls'. Half a century of individual revival shows the fallacy of waiting on general revival, when we could be seeing individual believers experiencing the fullness of the Spirit daily!
This booklet summarizes the simplicity of the Holy Spirit's ministering revival when we repent of fleshly living and ministry, deny ourselves, and take up the cross (Luke 9:23). It is best summarized in Galatians 2:20: "I am crucified with Chirst...yet...I live" - DYING TO LIVE!