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Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God's Resources in Scripture Hardcover – June 1, 2012
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About the Author
Heath Lambert is associate professor of Biblical Counseling at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and its undergraduate institution, Boyce College. He also serves as pastor of Biblical Living at his church overseeing the counseling and marriage ministries.
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As a Biblical Counselor myself, I found it refreshing and encouraging. I highly recommend this book if you are thinking about entering the field of counseling or are already involved in counseling. In my opinion it ranks among the top "must read" books for Biblical Counselors. It should be on the shelf of every Biblical Counselor along with "Competent to counsel" by Jay Adams and "Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands" By Paul Tripp.
I have found that Biblical counseling is more effective and provides more hope and healing than any other form of counseling, period. This book explains the reasons I can make such an audacious claim.
The first chapter, written by Lambert, provides an introduction to the case studies that follow. Lambert reiterates that the distinguishing feature of biblical counseling is its contention that Scripture is "sufficient" for counseling. This belief in scriptural sufficiency is brought to bear in several ways. First, biblical counselors avoid "secular diagnostic categories" (7) and attempt to reframe problems in biblical categories and terms. Second, they pay careful attention to the biblical text and seek to apply its principles and prescriptions to counselees' personal problems.Read more ›
"Authentic biblical counseling is simply biblical wisdom, properly applied by spiritually mature counselors." (ix) With that overriding principle stated in the foreword the rest of the book sets out to show how that Biblical wisdom was applied in ten specific situations. To overview the book the preface states, "This is not only a book about people with problems; it is also a book about how God uses his Word to guide his people to become instruments of grace in the lives of those with very serious problems, bringing restoration, hope, peace, and healing to them." (xi)
The first chapter sets the stage for what will occur throughout the rest of the book. In order to properly understand what is going on in the different Biblical counseling cases one must first have an understanding of what Biblical counseling is and how it came to be. Heath Lambert states the case for Biblical counseling as a question, "Is Scripture sufficient to inform all the possible counseling situations in this fallen world?" (2) Those who contributed to this book believe the answer to be a resounding, "Yes!" How that question stirred the hearts of Jay Adams, Ed Welch, and many more Biblically minded individuals to pursue change in how counseling would occur amongst believers is mapped out in the rest of the first chapter.Read more ›
The eleven chapters of the book consist of stories told by various Biblical counselors. These stories each explain various people who were aided by Biblical Counseling. Their problems include: sexual abuse, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, postpartum depression, fear, anorexia, Bipolar Disorder, dissociative Identity Disorder, Homosexuality, addictions, and anxiety. The book serves the purpose of giving pastors and laypeople hope in helping people with the power of Christ and His Word instead of turning them over to secular psychologists.
The first chapter serves as an introduction to Biblical Counseling, and the various views that Christians have towards psychology and counseling. In this chapter people are divided into three different groups. First, are those in secular psychology who feel that the Bible has no place in counseling. Second, there are those involved in Biblical counseling who believe that the Bible is sufficient and critical for counseling. Third, there are those who believe that the Bible is relevant in counseling but not sufficient for it. This third view represents most in the Christian counseling movement (5).
In each story the Gospel was central to each person’s healing. These counselors did not promise every answer, or even for miracles to happen. However, they preached what Christ had done for these individuals, helped reveal their sin, led them to repentance, and allowed the sanctifying work of Christ to take place. Secular psychology told many of these people that their problems weren’t their fault, but all of our hearts are sinful at the core. In chapter 2 Mariana had been sexually assaulted as a child, but she dealt with that pain in inappropriate ways as an adult.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best books in the topic of counseling. It's a most buy.Published 4 months ago by Christian Genao
As a lay discipleship leader, I found this information to be invaluable. I will keep it handy for continued reference. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sue
Awesome eye opening book! Amazing how God's word is sufficient for everything, evening counseling.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Although I have not finished the book, I can tell it will be helpful & beneficial for anyone seeking to help others through difficult issues Biblically. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jeffrey A. Jordan
Great is God's word and sufficient for us! Excellent real world examples of hard cases that leaves the reader hoping to read real answers to hard issues. I am very encouraged!Published 6 months ago by dsr
Great book!! Intense and provides great understanding how to apply God's word to difficult cases. Thank You.Published 7 months ago by Cindi Jones