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How Christian is Christian Counseling?: The Dangerous Secular Influences That Keep Us from Caring for Souls Paperback – February 1, 2000


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  • 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: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By discerner on July 14, 2005
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It's official; Gary Almy has been sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually abusing boys. Almy was a leading proponent of rigid "bible-only" counseling (no integration of social sciences)and was a board member of the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC).

Chicago Tribune

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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dale Buffington on January 11, 2001
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I teach Biblical Counseling at a Seminary in California. After reading this text, I have made it my lead textbook. As Christians we have the Great Counselor to help us. If there is no repentance there will be no change. Dr. Almy helps to show this and the book is a must read for all who are going into Biblical-Christain Counseling.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dr. James J. Kruger on July 14, 2000
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I have been waiting for a Christian book like this all my Christian counseling life. I respect and admire the courage of Dr. Almay to speak his spirit and write such a thoughful, insightful book. As a Christian counselor with a Ph.d working in the field of Christian counseling. I always wondered how christian counselors could cross and blurr the line of psychological and biblical counseling. If you want to where the line is and how not to cross it, I recommend to you this book. I will not only recommend it to all Christian counselors, I will recommed it to all Christians. Job well done Dr. Almay and God bless you.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Notquiet on August 24, 2005
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When I was 12 years old, Dr Gary Almy admitted me to a residential psychiatric hospital in Des Plaines, IL which no longer exists, pumped me with antipsychotic drugs, and did pretty much nothing to help me. At the time, my problems were related to peer pressure and not wanting to attend school. Neither of which called for the 'treatment' I received from him. He was also providing both my mother and aunt with the same antipsychotic meds he prescribed for me without conducting therapy sessions with either of them as far as I can recall. I know my mother never went to therapy, just got him to write the scripts...

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.
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Gary Almy has, of course, now been convicted on multiple counts of molestation. At the time this book was published in 2000, he was an associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the Loyola School of Medicine.

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.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By traveler on March 7, 2005
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Here are some additional charges brought against Dr. Gary Almy (See Chicago Tribune 5 March 2005). Hardly the work of a Christian Counselor, maybe he should add an additional chapter to his book.

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.
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