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Es necesario que le Iglesia se prepara para poder aconsejar bíblicamente y presentar una barrera a las ideas psicológicas y humanistas respecto de la solución de los problemas emocionales del hombre. Este es un gran recurso para tener un estupendo fundamento para la Consejería Bíblica.
If you are thinking that this is just a dry treatise on the theological underpinnings of biblical counseling you are wrong. Through real-life stories Lambert leverages the practical nature of applying biblical concepts to the challenges all of us face in life. That is why this book is deeply practical for Christians at every point in their walk. Chances are you've been given a fair amount of advice along your Christian journey, some bad, some good. How can you weigh the value of such advice? Making sure you are grounded in an understanding of who you are, who God is, and what the challenges of life are all about, is a start, and this book delivers. Over the years we've all been Dobsoned to believe that counseling is something that can only be done by Christians wearing special gloves.This book restores counseling to it's rightful domain, and does so decisively. All practitioners, whether Christian or not, will eventually need to reconcile where they stand on the basis of this book. All Christians, whether practitioners or not, will need to understand how much ground they've yielded to other sources of proposed healing, comfort, and help.
" The goal of this book is not merely that counselors care about theology, but that theologians care about counseling". I would say Lambert accomplished his goal quite well.
Recently, I chose this book as a text book for an undergraduate course in counseling. Each chapter was signed for each week throughout the semester. I can say with confidence the students’ eyes and minds were open to the reality that “counseling is a theological discipline.” Lambert should be commended for taking the theology of biblical counseling into the 21st-century. This book is a must read for any one who desires to council in the church.
Lambert has provided a clear and articulate view of the Biblical Counseling movement. In my mind, it is utterly persuasive. The BCM still feels very new, though I suppose you could say it is nearing its 40th year, and so much important work needs to be done. This book is a large step in the right direction.
In this book, Lambert argues the basic claim of the BCM. Counseling is a theological task and where one person seeks to provide help to another person facing the problems of life. The Bible speaks with authority on every issue it addresses and the Bible addresses the issues of life and how to live faithfully before God. The Bible is therefore a sufficient resource for counseling.
Two of the highlights of this book were the distinction between categories of Biblical sufficiency arguing that Material Sufficiency (The Bible says all we need it to say to live Godly lives) is of greatest implication to the discussion of counseling.
Lambert's critique of integration is devastating to Christian Integrationists and is the most effective I've read. I also gained new insights in his discussion of the relationship of the body and the soul and have new confidence in the soundness and application of a dichotomist perspective.
This is a theological work with attention given to the application of theology to counseling. It is a theological work but not a method. There are basic counseling insights and a few shallow case studies. The case studies had the effect of showing general application of a principle but some readers may find these unsatisfying. Its best to view this work not as a method but as a defense of the theological nature of counseling. There is little or no discussion of homework or process. For a quick primer on method, I recommend The Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members in Need (9Marks) which I thought was fantastic and immanently practical.
I'm grateful for Lambert's leadership at the ACBC and in the BCM and am happy to recommend this book to any Biblical Counselor or any Christian with a high view of Scripture seeking to help others. For Christian integrationists, I think you must seriously grapple with this case for the sufficiency of Scripture in counseling. I hope many books like this will follow and I expect Lambert's pen to keep moving.
This book serves to lay the theological foundation of why we do biblical counseling while giving practical insight on how these truths practically play out. This is a great starting point for education in biblical counseling and an ideal precursor to another great biblical counseling book, Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands.
Edit in response to other reviews: Lambert does not state psychologists only come to false conclusions. He simply states that what true insights they have spring from biblical truth into their own constructs. Biblical counsellors do not feel obligated to adopt these constructs. Does this mean they see psychology as having no truth in it? No. It means they feel no obligation to a middle man whose priorities are not the same.
Lambert also stresses that counsellors not take the role of physicians and encourages medical examines where appropriate. He does not say that Scripture speaks to every area of life. For example there is no manual in Scripture on how to respond to unfair and unhelpful Amazon reviews, but it does speak to how we can deal with such issues, like speaking the truth in love.
These Vine reviewers do not seem to have read carefully, objectively, or even completely (I'm not convinced they all read the whole book). I pray they saw the gospel expounded and applied and are brought nearer to Christ regardless. If you read this book with humble attentiveness, I'm sure you will be sharpened as I was.
Lambert's pursuit is to honestly serve people with excellence that helps them through their issues with long lasting results. His concern is that both he and his counselees honor God as He has made himself known in scripture. I can't emphasize enough how excellent he is at helping the counselor keep biblical truth central while honestly pursuing the betterment of the counselee. Highly recommend!
Depending on your level of theological background this book may seem basic and obvious. But I think is targeting those who have less of a theological background and more of a clinical one or perhaps someone new to the idea of biblical counseling.