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Longtime Multnomah Counselor, Muriel Cook to Hold Book-Signing


Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary will host a book signing for long-time staff member Muriel Cook. The event celebrates Cook's first release, Kitchen Table Counseling: A Practical and Biblical Guide to Helping Others. The book signing will take place at Travis-Lovitt Hall on Monday, February 13.

Intended for women who want to know how to respond when people come to them for advice, Kitchen Table Counseling is a resource for lay counseling situations. Cook's goal in this book is to equip women who want to know the best way to respond to others when they share their problems. The book shows women how to "address their own needs so they can effectively help others, take people to Jesus without taking on responsibility for their burdens, discern whether others really want to change and grow or just complain, balance a counseling ministry with other life priorities, and offer true biblical hope to others in the face of inexplicable heartache."

Kitchen Table Counseling was co-authored by Cook and her daughter, Shelly Cook Volkhardt. The book is a collection of Muriel’s knowledge, based on 50 years of experience in "lay-counseling." Shelly then compiled her mother's wealth of knowledge into a book format.

Muriel Cook is a full-time counselor at Multnomah Bible College. In her 25 years at the school, she has taught several classes. Muriel was born in Foochow, China, to a missionary family and spent much of her life in cross-cultural, overseas settings. After Muriel married her husband, Norman, they lived in Taiwan for 16 years where they had two daughters, Shelly and Milei. While in Taiwan, the Cooks served with Overseas Crusades where Muriel was director of women's ministries.

Kitchen Table Counseling will be available at the book signing for a discounted price of $10. The event will take place in the lobby of Travis-Lovitt Hall at Multnomah Biblical Seminary from 11:15 am to 2:30 pm. For more information, please contact Kristin Kendall at 503.251.6452 or