Lauren A. Whitman
Counselor & Author

A Painful Past

Healing & Moving Forward

In this 31-day devotional book, complete with reflection questions and practical action steps, Lauren shows how the gospel transforms your understanding of the past, your life in the present, and your hope for the future.

A Painful Past Devotional Book

What People Are Saying

This has well-known Scripture, songs, and hymns that will surprise you in the best possible way. The pace anticipates and answers questions you have. By Day 3, Lauren was anticipating questions I barely even knew I had, and each Scripture and song landed in my soul.

─ Edward T. Welch, PhD, LP
Faculty, Counselor, & Author of "Shame Interrupted" ~ CCEF

If you’ve ever experienced pain from your past, come and let these words comfort you. Come and soak up the grace given to you in this devotional.

─ Julie Lowe, MA, LPC
Faculty, Counselor, & Author ~ CCEF

With deft writing and a delicate touch, Lauren turns her years of counseling experience toward your past with thirty-one days of truth, care, reflection, and application.

─ Dave Harvey, D. Min
President ~ Great Commission Collective

Hurting hearts will find help here. Each day Lauren tenderly encourages you to consider how Jesus comforts the pains of your past and how he lovingly secures a new and better story for your present and future.

─ Darby A. Strickland, MDiv
Counselor & Author of "Is It Abuse?" ~ CCEF

A daily touch point with the Bible that brings hope in bite-sized pieces. I believe you will walk away with two powerful messages: ‘You are not alone’ and ‘There is hope.'

─ Brad Hambrick, Th.M., Ed.D.
Pastor of Counseling ~ The Summit Church, Durham, NC


Lauren Whitman, Counselor & Author

Lauren holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. In addition to serving as a counselor, Lauren also works as an editor for the Journal of Biblical Counseling. Lauren is currently pursuing a certificate in advanced professional counseling from Missio Seminary.

Lauren is married and has two children. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and writing, book clubs, cooking, traveling, and exploring new places.

Recent Talks

CCEF Conference 2020

Lauren's breakout session, "A Painful Past: Healing and Moving Forward," equips counselors and pastors to walk with people and help them grow in understanding their past and their story biblically.

We consider what God has to say about the past, the present, and the future—and all that he has done to guarantee that a painful past does not determine or define people’s lives.

Servants of Grace Podcast

On a recent "Servants of Grace" podcast, Dave Jenkins and Lauren discuss various topics, including how lament helps Christians address the hurts of the past, how to respond to painful memories, how the local church can help hurting people, and her new devotional book.