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Effective Biblical Counseling: A Model for Helping Caring Christians Become Capable Counselors Hardcover – June 1, 1977


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  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Eighth Printing edition (June 1, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310225701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310225706
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What the Critics Are Saying About Effective Biblical Counseling “Helpful insights that can be used...to help those who are hurting to move forward to successful Christian living.”

“Well researched in both psychological and theological data and presented in a readable style that makes it valuable to pastors...”

“It is not often that a book the quality of Effective Biblical Counseling comes along.”

“...members of any church, or other group of Christians, would benefit by such loving biblical concern and counsel.”

“...loaded with lots of help.”

“Crabb has done his homework well.”

“…‘must’ reading for the Christian professional.”

In Effective Biblical Counseling, Gold Medallion Award-winning author Dr. Larry Crabb Jr. presents a model of counseling which can be gracefully integrated into the functioning of the local church. He asserts that counseling is simply a relationship between people who care, and that its goal is to free people to better worship and serve God.

This book will show you how to help people achieve obedience and character growth in their lives, and establish a sense of personal worth and security along the way.

Dr. Crabb says, “I believe that God has ordained the local church to be his primary instrument to tend to his people’s aches and pains. In writing this book I have tried to be of practical help to Christians who want to be more effective in ministering to their suffering brothers and sisters. -- Publisher

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In Effective Biblical Counseling, Gold Medallion Award-winning author Dr. Larry Crabb presents a model of counseling that can be gracefully integrated into the functioning of the local church. He asserts that counseling is simply a relationship between people who care and that its goal is to free people to better worship and serve God. This book will show you how to help people achieve obedience and character growth in their lives, and establish a sense of personal worth and security along the way. Dr. Crabb says, "I believe that God has ordained the local church to be his primary instrument to tend to his people's aches and pains. In writing this book I have tried to be of practical help to Christians who want to be more effective in ministering to their suffering brothers and sisters."

More About the Author

Dr. Lawrence J. Crabb Jr. (Ph.D., University of Illinois) is a well-known speaker, author of numerous bestselling books including Finding God, and Men and Women, and distinguished scholar-in-residence at Colorado Christian University in Morrison, Colorado.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Robert Wynkoop on August 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Crabb believes that the local church should assume the responsibility for restoring people who are in need of healing. For too long the church has abdicated this biblical role. He states that there are three levels of counseling. Level I is counseling by encouragement which every member of the church can do by helping hurting people focus on establishing biblical feelings. Level II is counseling by exhortation. This level of counseling requires a good biblical background, it can be done by elders, Sunday School teachers and pastors. Level III is counseling by enlightenment that tries to establish godly behavior through changed thinking.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Larry Crabb's charts give clarity and meaning to his writing. While having a strong biblical basis, Crabb does not ignore the contributions of secular systems of psychology, rather, he puts them thorough the sieve of biblical truth to find practical helpful advise. I appreciate his thoughtful critique of competing systems of psychology. He gives the reader a general introduction to the different schools of counseling, both secular and Christian. Rather than bashing the non-Christian viewpoints he notes their strengths and exposes their humanistic presuppositions. The discussion of Transactional Analysis on pg. 39 demonstrates a model of secular psychology adopted by the evangelical church. While Transactional Analysis can be a helpful tool for the pastor, Crabb looks at its humanistic presuppositions and warns of its misuse. He sees man's basic need as significance and security. People need to know that they have worth and that they are loved. Crabb has a gift to communicate in a clear way some rather technical stuff. Also worthy of note is Crabb's discussion how problems develop in chapters six and seven.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David S. Rhodes on January 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Crabb does a good job a presenting his case for powerful Christian counseling. Readers should remember that this is Dr. Crabb's opinion and observation - not the Bible itself.

He does a wonderful job of crafting the structures of counseling and how the church should (and is obligated) to participate fully in the healing needs of its members.

Congratulations and thanks for a job well done!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Brinkley on April 2, 2010
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A lot of counselors have the wrong goal in trying to help people. This is reinforced by counselees coming to them seeking the wrong thing. Happiness should not be the goal in life. Crabb gets it right that "happiness must be seen as a by-product, not a goal" (22). It is only when we follow the shepherding of the Lord that we find goodness and mercy following us all the days of our life. With this said, Christ-like maturity is the true and right goal of biblical counseling.
Christ-like maturity is not automatic but a life-long process in the right direction. Obedience to God is one of the key elements that work toward it. As one actively, presently, and consistently obeys Christ-like character begins to develop which is the second element needed for maturity (23).
Many counselors focus on feelings. Though feelings are indicators and motivators, they can be led by a deceived or sin-tainted heart that pursues only personal happiness. Other counselors focus on changing behavior, but that misses the heart issue. Crabb agrees with Romans 12:2 that the main target in counseling should be the mind. When the mind is renewed by replacing wrong beliefs with biblical truth a chain reaction occurs where false assumptions are challenged, goals are adjusted to God's will, godly behavior is acted out on, and mature feelings follow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adrian A. Bernal on January 31, 2007
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Larry Crabb has written a book that will be on the desk's of counselor's for years. Like the classics of C.S. Lewis (Mere Chrisitanity), and others, this book will continue to capture counselors of all types. The book is well written, and unlike many other books on counseling, the applications to counseling is not limited to a time-frame, or new knowledge.

The practical approach for biblical counselors, pastors, and lay counselors will prove itself to be effective and accurate.

Crabb does an excellent job of framing a counselor in all areas of the needs of the counselor and counselee. Although this is not an exhaustive work, it is complete in equipping those that desire to take the first steps to Biblical Counseling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P.M. on January 21, 2012
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Dr. Crabb is very knowledgable and his book contain great information that may help church counselors to improve on the way they approach counseling. However, on one hand, authentic heartfelt compassion is not something you can learn or be trained on; and on the other, there are certain circunmstances where looking at the bigger picture may lead to better gains, granted God's compassion and forgiveness. For example, how many times church counselors or counselors advise beaten women to stay in their marriages, only to find out later that they ended up being the protagonists a crime scene? They - the counselor - stuck to the letter of the law, but missed God's bigger picture.
I prayed to God when I was in such situation myself. I was in an abusive relationship. My son was 18 months. Our lives were at risk. My husband was also an alcoholic and not the best example for a kid. I was desperate. I cried out to the Lord. I heard deeply in my heart God's voice saying "take your child and run away. I will take care of you." I did it under very adverse circumstances. He has taken care of us and blessed us ever since. This happened 20 years ago. I went through counseling for a long time to do a "stuffed chimney clean up." I did have a lot of wrong thinking within me. I prayed for healing and worked hard session after session.

Today, I dedicate my life to prison ministry, because I love God, I believe in Him, and I am deeply grateful. I want people to know that He loves them unconditionally and can do good for them too. I love my group there. I understand that those who make wrong decisions, mistreat people or commit crimes, lack love and Jesus most than enything else.
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