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Course: Bold Love
by Dr. Dan Allender and Dr. Tremper Longman III

CE Credit Hours: 12
Fee: $60

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In Bold Love, Dr. Dan Allender and Dr. Tremper Longman III present a fresh perspective on genuine Christian love; defining it as aggressive, unrelenting and passionate. Rather than helping people merely 'get along' with others at the expense of integrity, the authors introduce the possibility of making a significant, life-changing impact on family, friends, co-workers and even enemies.

The book will provide clinicians inspiration as well as a compass to invite others onto the journey of more effectively engaging with difficult people. Allender and Tremper shift from the Christian thinking of 'passively being nice' at the expense of love and full engagement. 'Bold love is anything but passive,' writes Dr. Allender. 'It is unpredictable, cunning and creative. It is a violation of the natural order of things. In many cases it will unnerve, offend, disturb or even hurt those who are being loved. But in the end, it will also compel them to deal with the internal disease that is robbing them (and others) of true beauty.'

Allender and Longman do a great job of defining and equipping others to the task of full positive engagement, no matter the severity of the other's pathology. This text will be most helpful to engage clients in their relationships, both healthy and unhealthy, to more boldly love.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • appreciate and understand a sampling of Christian literature and biblical writings about difficult relationships
  • identify self protective styles of relating and the dynamics it creates in relationships
  • identify the attributes that individuals would need to 'love boldly'
  • define forgiveness and recognize the energy it produces for relational healing
  • understand and define the behaviors of normal sinners, foolish people and evil people
  • appreciate a broader biblical view of love and forgiveness

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The book is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers available.
Additional Resources On This Site for CE

Additional Resources Not On This Site

  • Intimate Allies, Dan Allender and Tremper Longman III, Tyndale House, 1999
  • The Healing Path, Dan Allender, Waterbrook Press, Colorado, 1999
  • The Verbally Abusive Relationship, Patricia Evans, Adams Media, Massachusetts, 1996
  • People of the Lie, M. Scott Peck, Simon and Schuster, N.Y., 1983
  • Visit Dan Allender's Website:

Bio: Dan Allender, PhD and Tremper Longman III, PhD

Dr. Dan Allender received his M. Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University.

Dr. Allender taught in the Biblical Counseling Department of Grace Theological Seminary for seven years (1983-1989). From 1989-1997 he worked as a professor in the Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling program at Colorado Christian University, Denver, Colorado. Dr. Allender currently serves as President and Professor of Counseling at Mars Hill Graduate School in Bothell, Washington.

Dr. Allender travels and speaks extensively to present his unique perspective on sexual abuse recovery, love and forgiveness, worship and other related topics.

For additional information about Dan Allender's various seminars, conferences and speaking schedules, please contact The Path Less Chosen location at:

Dr. Tremper Longman III received his M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University.

Dr. Longman taught for eighteen years at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. In 1998, he accepted the position of Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where he also serves as the department chair.

Dr. Longman has written a number of articles, commentaries and books including, Introduction to the Old Testament, How to Read the Psalms, Reading the Bible with Heart and Mind, Old Testament Commentary Survey, Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation and God is a Warrior. He has also been active in the area of Bible translations. He serves on the central committee that produced and now monitors the New Living Translation.

In addition to Bold Love, Dr. Longman has co-authored three other books with Dr. Dan Allender; Cry of the Soul, Intimate Allies and Bold Purpose. Tremper and his wife, Alice, have three sons. In his free time, he watches movies and plays squash.