Jerry and Denise have been married for over 40 years and co-direct The Father’s Heart Intensive Christian Counseling Ministry. They both grew up in the same rural town in Michigan, and previously lived in Texas, Virginia, and now Georgia.  

Both Jerry and Denise completed Master's Degrees in Christian Counseling at Regent (CBN) University in Virginia Beach, with Jerry completing an additional Master's Degree in Theology, and Denise, a Post Master's Certificate with a Biblical Counseling emphasis.

They are certified as Prayer Counselors from the Elijah House School for the Ministry of Christian Counseling and hold Master's Degrees in Higher Education from Michigan State University. Prior to receiving the Lord's call on their lives to pastoral ministry, they both held teaching and administrative positions at the college and university level for 20 years. Jerry is also an ordained pastor.

Jerry and Denise now reside in the beautiful North Georgia mountains with their border collie, Grace.  They see clients in a retreat-like setting for intensive periods of two to five days.  They have counseled individuals and couples from across the United States and around the globe.








This book is absolutely phenomenal! Jerry and Denise do a wonderful job of explaining why loving ourselves the way God loves us is biblical and desired by God. They also do a great job of walking readers through the areas in our lives and past that may be hindering us from loving ourselves the way God desires for us to. The book is filled with powerful personal testimonies, practical and impactful exercises and Spirit led prayers within every chapter! This book is simply a MUST READ that will bless anyone who decides to read it.

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This book by Jerry and Denise should be required reading for every Christian. If it is read and applied, it will change your life. Awesome book by awesome people

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I am so excited about this book that words fail me. I don’t think I have read anything like it: personal and didactic at the same time with a very easy flow. I felt like I was sitting in the counseling room across from Jerry and Denise. I thought of my clients in the addiction center and I can see it transforming lives. I will buy this in bulk.

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I have been leading several women's groups on The Missing Commandment: Love Yourself, and I can't tell you what life transforming changes I have witnessed each and every week. The truths being spoken that flow from the pages are wonderful. The book goes very deep into YOU as a beloved child of God who longs for your inner healing. Expect tears . . . lots of tears, but healing tears! You have to go through the pain to get to the other side which is freedom from past wounds. This is going to be a prerequisite class before taking any of my other bible studies. Loving yourself the way God loves you is an amazing “cloud-walk”on earth!

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This book is written for both men and women. After I read the first chapter I reached out to the authors personally because they had hit the spot that people need most—to love themselves. I ordered a case and put it in the hands of my family and friends. Reading the truth in this book both personally helped me but also many others in my business, ministry and members of my foundation.

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Whenever I have a chance to review a book, I ask myself, “Would I use this material in my ministry?” In the case of this book the answer is “Absolutely.” I believe God is going to use the message of this book to set many people free.

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Great read; great insight, I feel closer to God by dealing with my inner life. I found this book very helpful. In line with John Eldredge and A. Tozer.

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Finally I have a single, solid book to give clients which can help them get to the real issue under the issues. I heartily recommend this book.

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"The Missing Commandment" blew me away from the start.

Jerry and Denise Basel know counseling, they know the Bible, and they know the heart and character of God. They have a deep understanding of the transformative work that Jesus accomplished in us through His death and resurrection, and they know how it applies to our lives. Better yet, they know how to help us apply it, something that has been proven through the many lives that have been changed through their long years of counseling ministry. This is no ivory-tower theology; it's the power of the gospel--of Christ in us and we in Him--shining its gracious light on our darkest, most painful inner chambers and proclaiming a better, higher reality.

Jerry and Denise share frankly about their own struggles as well as the heartbreaking wounds and heartwarming breakthroughs of some of their clients. For those who are weary of jumping through holy hoops trying to please God...for men and women wounded by abuse, trapped by addictions, and haunted by the past...for the lonely soul that has never felt good enough, or validated, or loved...all I can say is, please, please read this book. It is written for you, from the heart to the heart. "The Missing Commandment" is honest, passionate, and full of applied truth that can turn "life-changing" from an oft-repeated cliche into your personal experience. Because God doesn't just love everyone--He loves YOU in particular with a fathomless intensity. YOU. That truth, once it ignites in your heart, can free you to love and to live the way He created you to, fully and gladly, regardless of your circumstances. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be freed from shame and past hurts and opened up to receive God's love. For the first time in my life I know I am loved and cherished by Him.

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My husband went to counseling with Jerry and Denise about 17 years ago. Since he was well acquainted with the authors we decided to order their book and read it together. It is by far the best book we've ever read. For the first time in our lives we are just beginning to understand God's immense love for us and the wonderful gift of His grace. We are not under the law and God is for us and delights in us! Don't hesitate to purchase this book. It is a must read for everyone!!

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This book will fundamentally change the way you perceive how God views you, and help free the mental strongholds that prevent you from receiving His unfathomable love!!!

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This is a must read for people who want to continue their personal healing journey. The authors, Jerry and Denise, do an amazing job of capturing the essence and vital truths gathered through their 30+ years of helping others find their way back to the Father's Heart. What sets this book apart is the many personal experiences that are expertly arranged to bring home liberating truths. As a result, there are many AH-HA moments when suddenly you see something you had never seen before. Throughout its pages, an invitation is being extended to the reader to come to a safe place and unpack their bag of life. Many types of issues are discussed and explored from the platform of real-life scenarios. A key element of making this such a 'real' approach to these issues is that the authors do not exclude themselves from this same human journey. Interwoven throughout are the transparent accounts of facing their own fears, pain and weaknesses.

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The truths found in this book have the potential to bring a greater degree of freedom to the reader's heart, and even more importantly, to dispel the dark clouds that keep us from seeing the Father's loving face. Along with a suggested prayer there are additional discovery questions at the end of each chapter. I plan on reading this book again soon, as it is definitely a wonderful tool to help me strengthen the connection I have with the Lover of my soul.

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Very insightful and powerful book. Offers a realistic path to God-empowered change. The real life examples are spot on. Well written, lovingly written, full of wisdom.

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Awesome book, a real eye opener! I felt like the writers knew me! I'm starting to read it again!

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I've met these authors and am working through this journey. This is the best and most comprehensive book on participating with God in your own healing. What a blessing! Thank you guys so much.

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This is a book that takes you on a journey with God that leads to more freedom in Him. He wants us to be free to be all that he designed us to be and live out the dreams he’s placed in our hearts, but there are so many roadblocks to walking that out. God reveals through this book how he can remove the roadblocks by not only entering our hearts, but also by transforming them so that we can see ourselves as He sees us. Only then can we walk out His journey for us in freedom.

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I'm only half way through this book and absolutely recommend it to everyone! I want to buy it as gifts and give them to family and friends. There's so many spot on points in here and I can pretty much relate to everything it talks about. Very well written and easy to go along. I also love the prayers at the end of each chapter. Highly recommend for people like me who need to be reminded every day that you are loved no matter what. And in order to fully love others in a healthy way, that you must love yourself first.

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I am using the book, study guide and CD with a friend and getting so much out of it!

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Buy this book!! I think anyone who is seeking to be whole would benefit from knowing how much love God has for them. This book shows the reader the truth about how God feels about us. It is for those who have brokenness in their lives and cannot find an explanation. Those with genuine hearts who have been striving to meet God's approval and earn his love. Really, it is for anyone who sees himself as somehow "less than" and wants desperately not to be.

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The Missing Commandment will bring you the freedom you have been looking for your whole life. It is radical in that it teaches how God feels about us, rather than how we THINK he feels about us. It shares the truth that has been forgotten over time and in teaching, which is that "Loving yourself isn't selfish!" This teaching broke through my hard head, and melted my heart. It can do the same for you.

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