- Paperback: 317 pages
- Publisher: Harvest House Pub (August 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1565073231
- ISBN-13: 978-1565073234
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Only God Can Heal the Wounded Heart Paperback – August, 1995
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Bulkley's key point that the idea of "recovered memories" is not only misused, but has done incalculable damage to many lives, is perfectly valid. It seems superfluous to argue the point considering that contemporary psychology/counselling has long-since moved on. But the point is valid and I suppose there are still some people around who need to hear it.
First, the fictional story woven throughout the text places the opposing view in a bad light. Ultimately, the device is simply a dishonest use of fiction. By using a fictional character to slander his opponent, the author avoids both direct critique and the responsibility to back up his claims with referenced quotations and careful argument. The entire development of the fictional character is one prolonged straw man. The author then finally and forever lays to rest this dastardly straw man. Little actual citation or argument is needed courtesy of the fiction device.
Second, the book is one sustained false dichotomy. Either the reader must side with the far extreme of neo-Freudian psychoanalytic theory sans Scripture or he can go to God. A balanced approach to psychology, counselling, and human existence is never contemplated.
Third, the author thinks like an abuser. Every horrible cliché that plagues the reputation of the Christian church on this topic, this book is. In an incident addressed on p.Read more ›
Is it any wonder that Bulkley's "PhD" is a correspondence doctorate from a non-recognized school? Bulkley's arguments are almost universally dismissed by scholarly conservative evangelicals in the counseling field today.
Dr. Jim Beck, Professor of Counseling at Denver Seminary, writes: "The worst offenders are those authors who not only take an anti-integration position but more specifically an anti-psychology position. Authors who recklessly seek to dismiss the entire clinical wing of psychology as well as all of its scientific production (Bobgan & Bobgan, 1989; Bulkley, 1993) must use contorted and contrived arguments to make their points. Their misunderstanding of basic social science, their selective use of outdated material, their dismissive attitude to the significant contribution psychology has made to ministry and church life in general are all embarrassments to evangelicals who strive to serve Christ within the mental health professions."
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The whole stinkin book is about some woman that made up that she was abused and went to some therapist and ended up with a bunch of multiple personalities and left her pastor... Read morePublished on May 22, 2007 by journey
This is a great book that you can read when you have hard times. Keep buy your bead and read at a slow pace.Published on July 6, 2006 by Jason A. Yarbrough
Give this book a thorough read. I highly recommend the methodology of Ed Bulkley.Published on June 19, 2005 by Refuge