- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Crossway Books; 1St Edition edition (February 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581341350
- ISBN-13: 978-1581341355
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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How Christian is Christian Counseling?: The Dangerous Secular Influences That Keep Us from Caring for Souls Paperback – February, 2000
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Psychiatrist gets 7 years for sexually abusing boys
Published June 8, 2005
LAKE COUNTY -- A Long Grove psychiatrist was sentenced Tuesday to 7 years in prison for sexually molesting three boys at a school he operated in his home.
Gary Almy, 61, of the 3100 block of Old McHenry Road pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse on Tuesday as part of a plea bargain before Lake County Circuit Judge Victoria Rossetti.
Almy admitted molesting a boy, 14, from Indiana in 2003. The boy attended Almy's Truth in Action Academy.
He also admitted fondling a 14-year-old boy in the summer of 2003 and a 10-year-old boy in 2000, both at his house.
Almy was a staff psychiatrist at LYDIA Home Association, a faith-based child-welfare agency in Chicago, but resigned in February. He also is a former chief of staff at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in North Chicago.
I knew nothing of his Christian beliefs until now and frankly, don't care what his religious leanings are - all I can say is based on my own experience, which is that at least at one time Almy was definitely the traditional secular psychiatrist. I am fortunate that I am female otherwise I probably would have fared much worse under Almy's "care" given the recent revelations of his admitted sexual impropriety.
He wrote in the Introduction to this 2000 book, "There was a time when I was an active promoter of ideas that helped develop the kind of people Paul warns us about [in 2 Tim 3:1-5]. This book is a product of the changes God has brought in my heart, and of His opening my eyes to His truth. He has brought me to a place I would never have predicted, and this writing reflects some of what I have learned along the way." (Pg. 7) He adds, "I began to wonder how Christians could claim a need to add Freud to Scripture. Why are evangelical seminaries, colleges, and even churches increasingly populated by psychologists? I began to wonder just how 'Christian' so-called Christian counseling really is." (Pg. 9) He concludes, "I have written this book for those who care about learning the truth concerning counseling psychology as it is practiced today." (Pg. 10)
He states, "The Bible consistently stands against environmental determinism. My father will answer to God for sins committed against me as well as for his other sins... At the final judgment, I will stand alone before a sovereign and holy God without excuse, without anyone to blame, to await perfect justice... My only covering, my only advocate, will be the shed blood and righteousness of the Messiah." (Pg. 35)
He asserts, "Increasingly... Christian counseling takes on the professional trappings of secular psychotherapy with its specialized training and certification... ads in the yellow pages, and appointments with fees attached.Read more ›
Psychiatrist facing 3rd sex abuse charge
Tribune staff reporter
Published March 5, 2005
A psychiatrist accused of molesting two boys who attended a school run out of his Long Grove home was charged Friday with molesting a third student.
Gary Almy, 61, of the 3100 block of Old McHenry Road was charged with a third count of aggravated sexual abuse, said Lake County Assistant State's Atty. Matt Chancey.
Almy is being held in the Lake County Jail on $600,000 bail.
Authorities learned about a possible third victim from a statement Almy made to police, Chancey said. The abuse allegedly occurred between October 2003 and April 2004 when the boy from Indiana, then 14, attended Almy's Truth in Action Academy.
Almy, who calls himself a Christian counselor, was a staff psychiatrist at Lydia Home Association, a faith-based child-welfare agency in Chicago. He resigned when charged last month with fondling a 14-year-old in the summer of 2003 and a 10-year-old in October 2000.
Other allegations of abuse date to at least the 1980s, but those won't result in additional charges because the statute of limitations has expired, Chancey said.
One of those accusers filed a civil suit Thursday against Almy in Lake County Circuit Court, seeking more than $50,000. The 36-year-old Libertyville man repressed the memories of his sexual abuse until two years ago while undergoing treatment for alcohol and drug abuse, said his attorney, Robert Baizer of Highland Park.
The man grew up near the Almy home, Baizer said.Read more ›
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A good book to bring balance to a controversial subject. Sadly the book's impacts has been blunted by the author's life.Published 14 months ago by Doyle Peyton
I am someone who's life was saved by Dr Almy and as a teen was schizophrenia from psychedelic drug abuse and poor parenting. Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by david c larson
Who cares if this is a good book or not? I lived with gary almy at the Truth and Action Academy. I also saw him for counseling at the Lydia Home. He is a terrible person. Read morePublished on January 2, 2011 by Nobody
I have not read the book.
I am writing to say that Gary Almy was my psychiatrist at the U.S. Naval hospital in Oakland, CA, in 1972. I found Dr. Read more
At first I was confused as to whether this was a page for book reviews OR a page for news journalism and the personal condemnation of a man who succumbed to temptation while living... Read morePublished on July 16, 2006 by G. E. Hoover
Dr. Gary Almy charged with child molestation. I personally worked with this man. I saw his questionable actions with boys in his care, and unethical admistering of drugs. Read morePublished on October 12, 2005 by Jo Salem
The book is ex. Pity the author has crashed.That is extremely dissappointing. No doubt, not everyone can make the distintion (between the baby and the bathwater, that is ! Read morePublished on July 30, 2005 by astute observer