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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 1986)
  • ISBN-10: 0801000475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801000478
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #883,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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On the first day of an elementary psychology course at Johns Hopkins University some twenty years ago, a professor sat on his desk silently reading the morning newspaper. Read the first page
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By William on June 19 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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 Christlike manner.
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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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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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By A Customer on July 16 2001
Format: Hardcover
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. 78) listening and knows what God requires of others. Everyone is a sinner. "Unsaved counselees are neither capable of understanding God's revealed will, nor capable of doing it." (p 68) Alternatively, in the parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37), Jesus tells us to treat ALL others with unqualified mercy and compassion. This book is frightening. People like Mr. Adams have used Scriptures to justify slavery, the holocaust, and genocides of sinful unbelievers for centuries. I hope most people will listen instead to the compassion, mercy and suffering of Scriptures, and will not allow Mr. Adams to harm them.
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By A Customer on May 12 2000
Format: Hardcover
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. I do not believe Dr. Adams' viewpoints are congruent with Scripture, and I do not recommend this book.
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By Debora on Oct. 7 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 sweeping in his judgements as well. He spends precious little time encouraging the reader to educate him/herself before attempting to counsel another and I shudder to think of the many people he has further wounded, minimized, berated and/or given pat answers to. I am sorry to say that he has done great damage to the counselling ministry of Christians and I am so disgusted with his attitude towards it as well as the rest of his book that I have deleted it from my e-reader. Don't waste your valuable time with this one.
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