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Product Details

  • Series: Jay Adams Library
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (June 22, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031051150X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310511502
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

The Christian Counselor's Manual is a companion and sequel volume to the author's influential Competent to Counsel. It takes the approach of nouthetic counseling introduced in the earlier volume and applies it to a wide range of issues, topics, and techniques in counseling: Who is qualified to be a counselor? How can counselees change? How does the Holy Spirit work? What role does hope play? What is the function of language? How do we ask the right questions? What often lies behind depression? How do we deal with anger? What is schizophrenia?

%These and hundreds more questions are answered in this comprehensive resource for the Christian counselor. A full set of indexes, a detailed table of contents, and a full complement of diagrams and forms make this one of the best reference books currently available for Christian counselors.

From the Author

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

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Jay E. Adams (PhD, University of Missouri) is a former director of advanced studies and professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, as well as a retired pastor. He has written over fifty books on pastoral ministry, preaching, counseling, Bible study, and Christian living. His books include Competent to Counsel, The Christian Counselor's Manual, and Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Bible.

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Jay E. Adams has it right!!
M. Beth Moss
This book is a wealth of helpful information for counselors to use as an aid in the therapeutic process.
Cassandra Mills
It is a great manual for all Christian Bible-based counselors.
Dr. Paul Douglas Smith, Th.D.

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Dawsey on April 28, 2006
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Adams always is a delight to read. While Adams is not perfect he is passionate about the right things and hits the nail on the head on almost every issue. He blazed the trail for modern noutetic counseling. Those who have expressed problems with this book do not have the high view of Scripture that Adams holds and do not understand the depravity of man as the Bible teaches. They also do not understand how the presuppostions of psychology are anti-Christian and they do not bring glory to God. This is a very practical book that is a good read for all Christians who seek to restore their bretheren (Gal. 6)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Philip Thompson on July 20, 2011
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Anyone who has heard of the author already has an opinion of the work; however, in spite of these assumptions, if one really reads Adams for what he is saying, the reader should walk away with the following concepts: (1) Adams believes that the Bible hold the answers for all of life's problems. (2) All problems in life are either physical (the realm of the doctor) or spiritual (the realm of the pastor). (3) Adams believes that every believer should be able to assist others in applying the Bible to life's spiritual challenges. To these ends, the now-aging work is directed. In a very clear and straight-forward manner, the writer lays out methods of dealing with all sorts of challenges. This manual serves as a substantial guide to the pastor, Christian counselor, or even a layman who wishes to be of assistance to those who need help to overcome a vast number of problems.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By leslie krahn on March 18, 2011
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Theory Critique: The Work of Dr. Backus, M. Chapian & Dr. Adams
Leslie Krahn
Liberty University
Counseling 507-B01

Summary
Telling Yourself The Truth, a book written By, William Backus and Marie Chapian has been circulation around Christian circles for over thirty years. I read it more than ten years ago and gained much knowledge then, and was rewarded with even more wisdom as I reread this book recently. The concept sounds very simple and actually it is. The authors use the Holy Bible as the gold standard of the truth we need to tell ourselves. The authors explain that we all have areas where we telling ourselves misbeliefs. They say we are either telling ourselves the truth or a lie (p.17).
The misbeliefs or lies that we tell ourselves are a major source of emotional chaos, which can lead to damaging actions, maladaptive conduct, along with what is frequently labeled as mental illnesses. Buying into these lies may surface with problems such as overeating, depression, or adultery. The authors frequently apply scripture to validate these truths, such as Proverbs 23:7. "So a man thinketh in his heart, so is he... (KJV).
This is an excellent resource for self-discovery, into the lies we speak into our own lives. This book is also an outstanding guide for use in the counseling profession, as the truth of God's word is used to reveal misbeliefs that clients have spoken into their lives often for years. The end goal is to teach clients to identify the misbelief, then to contend against it, and then exchanging that misbelief for the truth (p.159).
Second Timothy 3:14-17 is the backbone of Jay Adams book, How to Help People Change.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MamaVi on September 26, 2007
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It is an excellent addition to an Christian counseling library. It has unquie advise for a pastoral counseling that is a little difficult to locate. Each section is covered with gentleness and care for both the client and respect for the conselor. It covers prayer in a way that is foreright and frankly not covered by many textbooks. It is comprehensive in its scope covering the client, the attitudes of the counselor as well as a full range of topics. It is a first line of defense help book.I appreciate the scripture references as well as the honor of giving pratical homework. The book does not shy away from difficut subjects like sin, fears,and the importance of giving hope. I appreciate the concretness of the books presentation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Jones on February 4, 2013
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Great Book, excellent guidelines towards being a christian counselor. It will really help u to be a good listener also
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve on February 2, 2013
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Adam's is very knowledgeable and thorough on the topic. A must for Pastor's who what to help their people. Yet many parents can also benefit from this material. Used as a reference it can help greatly on dealing with issues in families and other relationships.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By No one of consequence VINE VOICE on February 14, 2008
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This venerable volume from Jay Adams, who for decades has been one of the undisputed leaders in the field of nouthetic counseling, is just as relevant today as it was when it was originally published in 1973. Now thirty five years later, biblical counselors all across the country, and indeed around the world, turn to Adams' wisdom and experience as encapsulated in this text. No true biblical counselor's library is complete without it.

Adams spends some of the early chapters of this book explaining the foundational theory behind biblical counseling, counterposing it to inherently flawed secular methodologies like psychoanalysis/psychotherapy (Freud), behaviorism (Skinner) and non-directive counseling (Rogers), to name the main ones. Much of this material echoes what Adams said in "Competent to Counsel".

From there he moves on to elaborate on key themes like the indispensibility of hope, reconciliation, biblical change, and the need to identify and treat sin for what it is. Practical explanations abound for essential techniques of data gathering, assigning effective homework, and dealing with a wide range of specific problems, such as fear, anger, sexual problems, communication breakdowns, schizophrenia, etc.

Admittedly, this volume does not tell the nouthetic counselor everything he or she needs to know to counsel effectively. There is a large and growing body of other related resources from Adams and many other competent authors to assist the counselor in more specific ways. However, this book offers the fundamental framework for counseling practice that is common to all issues. It would be very difficult to practice true nouthetic counseling without applying the principles in this book.
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