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April 1986
This classic has helped thousands of pastors, students, laypeople, and Christian counselors develop both a general approach to Christian counseling and a specific response to particular problems.
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%This is a classic in the field of Christian counseling. It has helped thousands of pastors, students, laypersons, and Christian counselors develop both a general approach to Christian counseling and a specific response to particular problems.

%Using biblically directed discussion, nouthetic counseling works by means of the Holy Spirit to bring about change in the personality and behavior of the counselee. As the author points out in his introduction. "I have been engrossed in the project of developing biblical counseling and have uncovered what I consider to be a number if important scriptural principles. Immediate problems been resolved, but there have also been solutions to all sorts of long-term problems as well.

%First published in 1970, this book has gone through over thirty printings. It established the bases for an introduction to an approach to counseling that is being used in pastors' studies, in counseling centers, and across dining room tables throughout the country and around --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Dr. Jay E. Adams is Director of Advanced Studies and Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Escondido, California. He received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, his B.D. from the Reformed Episcopal Theological Seminary, his S.T.M. from Temple University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. In addition to having served as a pastor and then a Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Dr. Adams has been the Dean of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, Laverock, Pennsylvania, since its founding in the early 1970s. He has written over fifty books, translated the New Testament into English (The Christian Counselor’s New Testament), and lectured throughout the world. His books deal with many aspects of pastoral ministry and counseling as well as Bible study and practical Christian living --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Competent Counselor April 9 2003
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Format:Hardcover
Competent to Counsel by Dr. Jay Adams is worthy of reading, but is equally worthy of implementation. This book is not a theory of counseling so much as it is a call for believers to begin the biblical counseling of one another.
Dr. Adams shows a positive approach to what the Bible teaches on counseling. Most relationship problems arrive at our doorstep because sin entered the world ages ago. Many personal problems are a result of God's need to impose trials on His children to help them grow, or, to rebuke sin in His children's lives. This book addresses how to caringly work through such spiritual issues, one believer to another. In many instances, this is accomplished through simple encouragement-an art form and a responsibility often overlooked by the church today.
While modern "psychotherapy" is often grounded in doctrines of amoral values of humanism, Dr. Adams is careful not to disparage all psychology, the study of the human mind and human behavior. Actual illness needs to be referred to the appropriate medical doctor. But issues of sinful behavior patterns by professing Christians need to be handled by the loving care of fellow believers working through a biblical model of problem identification, repentance (where needed), and change.
Many have called this book groundbreaking. What has happened with Nouthetic Counseling since this book was first introduced is nothing short of revolutionary in the Christian church. The numbers of Christians who have been restored into a healthy relationship with God and the church as a result of this book are simply uncountable.
Read this book. Put the principles into action.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nouthetic Counseling - Jay Adams Dec 28 2002
Format:Hardcover
I purchased this book and give it a two or maybe a three. I used some of its references in working on my Thesis. I found it also a pretty good source for biblical reference for use while doing psychotherapy. One of the main issues is that even though the book does use scripture to back up many of the ideas, it fails to acknowledge professionalism in the field of Christian Psychology. I do agree that almost everyone is able to counsel with some informal training, but this can and does lead to trouble down the road in a Church. Some people may need Pastoral Counseling, some may need Christ based psychotherapy. The issue is that someone in the Church needs to determine that issue. A lay person should not be addressing this issue, but a qualified person as either a Pastor or Psychologist. It needs to be noted that there is a big difference between counseling and therapy. Psychotherapy goes much deeper than counseling and deals at dealing directly with the root of the problem. This is why Psychotherapists are highly trained in dealing with many of the deep issues requiring much care and spiritual guidance. I believe a much better book is "Christian Counseling" by Gary R Collins. I find this book much more informative and offers more "meat" of the subjects at hand while using scripture to back up these ideas. This book is a very good tool for lay people, pastors, social workers, counselors, and psychologists.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Provocative in its time, but its time to move on. Oct. 18 2002
Format:Hardcover
This book by Dr. Adams is remarkable because it opened the debate among Christians about the practice of counseling. Adams goes after some easy targets, namely Freud and Rogers. He invites the Christian to examine the sufficiency of Scripture for providing counsel in times when wisdom is needed. He identifies important passages in Scripture that certainly encourage us to counsel one another in love and truth.
However, there are several notable shortcomings. First, Adams adopts a simplistic approach to mental illness - one that has potential to do considerable harm if misapplied. While he rightly differentiates between faux non-organic "illnesses" and bona fide chemical brain disorders, he neglects a significant in-between region that consists of deeply troubled individuals whose cognitive make-ups or personality organizations make responding positively to simplistic and direct confrontation unlikely. The nuances of relationship-building that are an important component of therapy and discipleship appear to be lacking.
Second, to say this is a reformed perspective on counseling appears to misapply the meaning of "reformed." Reformed theology acknowledges the Lordship of Christ in all things, including psychology and psychotherapy. To exclude some theories, practices, and methods simply because they are extra-biblical (not anti-biblical, just not in the Bible) denies the Christian's ability, even the command via the Cultural Mandate, to examine the truth in God's world and apply it in faith and wisdom. It is best embodied by Kuyper's insistence that there is not a square-inch of creation over which Christ does not say "mine!" Unfortunately, Dr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars straight talk Oct. 15 2002
By jim
Format:Hardcover
Finally someone that dares to place the opinion of Scripture above the opinion of man. Dr. Adams does a tremendous job of demonstrating how the Bible speaks to the issues of the day, pointing to the fact that our spiritual state does have a bearing on our mental and physical states. (As scripture clearly and repeatedly tells us.) Dr. Adams begins by pointing to insufficiencies in the current psychological paradigm. Next he shows how the Bible guides us to deal with "psychological" problems in a manner that yields results, by confronting the real issues (usually sin) and challenging the counselee, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to take responsibility for their actions and change their behavior. In doing so the counselor gives hope to the person who previously had none. To borrow a phrase I've heard applied to God, "He loves us where we are, but loves us too much to let us stay there." Dr. Adams loves the counselee too much to allow them to wallow in the depths of their sin, choosing instead to do the often difficult work of guiding them out from those depths and back into a place of peace with God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very thought provoking
So much food for thought. Wether one agrees with every thing written or not, one has to agree it challenges us to think deeper and look at all of life and relationships in a more... Read more
Published 3 months ago by William
4.0 out of 5 stars Library book?
The book was in fairly good condition, but the cover was an outdated version, so the picture on the site was a little deceptive. And there was a library card slot in the cover.
Published on March 3 2012 by EDL
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
I am sorry to say that J. Adams is very off in his remarks about professional counselling. The examples he uses are far too unusual a situation to have happened and far too... Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2011 by Debora
5.0 out of 5 stars Competent to Counsel
This is one of the greatest books available on Christian Counseling. For those interested in Nouthetic Counseling, this work is an absolute must. Thank you Dr. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2009 by Dr. J.
4.0 out of 5 stars Competent to Counsel is just what is Needed
My review has very little to do with the author, but more to do with the material offered. I am studying to become a counselor and this book has helped me to understand the current... Read more
Published on May 21 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars "Christian" judgment does harm
Mr. Adams' has neither compassion nor curiosity. He judges and directs clients by "telling them what God requires of them."(xiii) Mr. Adams is "uncomfortable" (p. Read more
Published on July 16 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Competent to Counsel
Contrary to what another reader wrote, I strongly believe in the relational aspect of counseling, and I believe the relationship between counselor and counselee is very important. Read more
Published on May 12 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is a must for the conscienteous bible leader.
This book uniquely removes the counselor from the counseling. It centers it's context on what the scriptures say, as opposed to what the counselor thinks. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear precise writing! Benificial to every Christian
I have read almost every book written by Dr. Adams and each has made an impact on my life. Other authors equally well written, on this subject is Dr. Wayne Mack and Dr. Read more
Published on May 13 1998
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