Christian Communicating and Counseling With NLP (1996/ 2006)
Bobby Bodenhamer; L. Michael Hall, 240 pages, $25

Description: This book is a presentation of basic NLP as a set of tools for facilitating the renewal of the mind as described by the apostle Paul: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind . . .” (Romans 12:2). If Christian transformation arises from the cognitive-emotional alteration of mind, certain questions arise about actualizing this:

  • How do we actually renew the mind?
  • How does the “mind” work anyway?
  • What processes inform us about assisting someone else in altering their mindset?

Patterns for Renewing the Mind presents the cutting-edge communication model of NLP and demonstrates how this model about communication and human functioning correlates with the biblical text and fits with the presuppositions in the Judeo-Christian worldview. The text presents the foundational models and patterns of NLP along with numerous change techniques powerful for those involved in Christian counseling, teaching, and consulting. This book offers many things:

  • The first Christian application of the basic NLP model for counselors and  pastors.
  • Excellent resources for any pastor, counselor, or Christian who want to understand NLP from the Judeo-Christian perspective.
  • A clear distinction between NLP as a cognitive-behavioral psychological model from New Age beliefs and premises.
  • Clear definitions of NLP, extensive correlations to scriptures, numerous patterns for communicating, connecting with people, reframing meanings, transforming negative emotions, and much more.
  • An extensive section on the Meta-States model and scores of biblical passages that involve the meta-state structure.

Prior to this work, L. Michel Hall wrote a book on cognitive-behavior psychology applies to emotions. Emotions: Sometimes I have them/ Sometimes they have me (1985), as well as Motivation: How to be a Positive Force in a Negative World (1987).

Style and Audience: A readable book for just above the general reader, especially valuable for Christians wanting to use NLP in change work and for counselors who want to understand the Judeo-Christian perspective and its relationship to NLP.