The book is geared towards providing a Christian approach to counseling, which they call "gospel-centered counseling, and define as,
the process of one Christian coming alongside another with words of truth to encourage, admonish, comfort, and help--words drawn from Scripture, grounded in the gracious saving work of Jesus Christ, and presented in the context of relationship (91-92).The goal of this counseling is not just to help people behave better or to have more self worth, and it is not just geared towards individuals, but rather to help "one grow in his or her understanding of the gospel and how it applies to every area of life and then respond in grateful obedience in every circumstance, all tot he building up of the church and for the glory of God," (92). This book emphasizes the reality that in Christ, we are part of a community and therefore, there should be a communal focus to how we live and deal with our problems.
The book is split up between chapters 1-4, which are general chapters that discuss the different aspects of the gospel and provide specific illustrations for how the gospel should shape our lives, and chapters 5-9, which contain more direct material concerning counseling. In this latter section, the authors deal with such topics as the gospel and sanctification, emotions, and relationships.
For those familiar with a redemptive-historical approach to the scriptures, you will be pleased to find that this book is basically an approach to counseling that is based on the insights gained from a redemptive-historical interpretation. Throughout the book, Fitzpatrick and Johnson look at different areas of life through the indicative/imperative lens--what Christ has accomplished for us and who we have been made in him, and now how we should live in light of our new identities in Christ.
Although Counsel from the Cross: Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ is directed towards the topic of counseling, the material can and should be read, reflected upon and applied by all Christians, not just counselors and pastors.
If interested, you can see the Table of Contents and read the Introduction and some of the first chapter here.