In The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life Jeremy Pierre addresses the role of the heart and affections in human experience. I know as a pastor it all to easy to think of dealing with people and their problems as something needing information with no consideration of what is going on in a persons heart.
In the first section of the book Pierre provides a biblical overview of the heart and the human condition. In the first chapter he draws from Scripture and shows the functions of the heart as being cognitive, affective, and volitional with these functions being interconnected and overlapping. Pierre addresses the ways in which the Fall has impacted the human heart and the change that occurs as a result of redemption. The second section addresses the external influences that the heart responds to. This is important to consider in pastoral counseling because those we minister to are not minds divorced from external circumstances. We minister to real people, in real homes, with real experiences that have deeply shaped how they respond to life. If to effectively minister means we deal with the whole person and not just their intellectual side what and how do we do it? Pierre in his final section addresses just that challenge. Pierre shows how we can become as literate in reading our fellow man as we are in reading our volumes on theology as well as using that to faithfully minister to those entrusted to us.
If you want to address a vital part of biblical counseling, the human heart, aside from certain Puritans I can’t think of a better book to pick up. As a disclaimer I will add I was a member of Clifton Baptist Church where Jeremy Pierre serves as an elder and developed a great deal of respect for him, he exemplifies what he teaches in this work.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.