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I bought this for a class and the pretentious wording of this book is extremely off putting. The first chapter is basically about how Adams’ way of counseling is the only way and that any counseling where you’re not trying to “bring someone closer to God” (i.e. prosthelytizing to your patients) then it’s a sin against God. To Adams, any counseling methods that aren’t in the Bible aren’t worth it. All of those secular counseling methods are “displeasing to God.”
This book comes off as egotistical, hypocritical, and honestly, unethical. Evangelizing and forcing God onto vulnerable people is not an ethical way to go about counseling at all.
I was looking for a book that would help teach me how to better use the Bible in counseling and I found it in this Jay Adams book. He does a marvelous job in showing that the Bible is totally sufficient in correctly identifying and labeling our problems as well as fixing our lives. The outline of the book can be found in 2 Timothy 3:14-16 where it deals first with the Bible's total sufficiency in giving a person wisdom for salvation. Jay then shows, as the Apostle Paul did, that the Bible is totally sufficient to teach us what is true, convict us of what is wrong in our lives, corrects us so we get back on the right path, and trains us to live a faithful, godly life. I love how Jay shows each of these parts as essential to counseling and how psychology distorts or even skips some of the essential elements of counseling people for change. And when counseling, not all change is good. Change must be to make us more like God. Psychologist who do not go strictly by the essentials of what the Bible teaches sometimes do more harm than good. They teach people a "victim" or "disease" mindset in which there is little or no hope for them. God's Word teaches "forgiveness, repentance, and deliverance." God's Word solves our problems instead of ignoring, falsely diagnosing, and mistreating them.
Jay shows that the Spirit of God working through the Word of God can make a person pleasing to God. Therefore, God wants to use a Biblical Counselor to teach, convict, correct, and train a humble, repentant person back into a fully restored relationship with God and others.
This book is simply written and highlights the far superior quality of biblical counseling as opposed to modern psychology. It makes the bold case for the word of God as the only true source of principles that if applied in faith, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, will bring about the changes that we all so desperately seek and need. I recommend this book for anyone who is engaged in teaching the Bible, mentoring christians or who just simply want to build their confidence in using the Word to effect personal change.
I would recommend this book to any counselor, pastor, or ministry leader. If your role in the church is to enable other believers to change, this is for you! Very practical and useful information! But, in order to get details of some of the concepts, the other books referenced must be on the reading list!