Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

Descriptions and Prescriptions

Discover a biblical and scientific framework for grappling with the role of psychiatric medicine in the lives of Christians. Draw on the experience and wisdom found here to equip wise and compassionate communities of counselors, helpers, families, friends and churches. This compact and thoughtful resource provides a wise, balanced approach toward dealing with mental health issues.


“Michael Emlet has nailed it! Finally, we have a medically informed and biblically wise approach regarding what we really know and don’t know about psychiatric diagnoses and medications. We need this holistic aim in ministering to spiritual, emotional, and biological care for those who are suffering. This book is both fascinating and succinct and I will be recommending it often.” – Aimee Byrd, author of Housewife Theologian, Theological Fitness, and No Little Women

“I have found nowhere in all my training or reading a more helpful tool for me as a pastor to undertand the complexities of psychiatric diagnoses and medicinal prescriptive practices from a Scriptural perspective.” – Joseph Novenson, Senior Teaching Pastor, Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, TN

“Wisdom is the ability to take complex human experiences and untangle the knots. The painful human struggles that are given psychiatric labels and psychoactive medications perplex us all. Mike Emlet untangles the knots. He offers a lucid and humble understanding that will make you think. He commends practical and gracious ways forward that will help you care.” – David Powlison, Executive Director, CCEF

“The relationship between the spheres of the medical and the spiritual in pastoral care can be an extremely tricky one to navigate especially for pastors with no medical training. That is why this clear and concise book by Mike Emlet is so important. Mike brings his medical expertise and his experience of Christian ministry to bear upon a field that will inevitably cross the path of many Christians. This is a small book but one that should be on the shelf of all those involved in pastoral care.” – Carl Trueman, Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary

Descriptions and Prescriptions

Book Details

112 pages
Publisher: New Growth Press
Publication Year: 2017