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PsychoBabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology--and the Biblical Alternative Paperback – June 15, 1993

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (June 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891077340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891077343
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Slauson on January 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
I've been on both sides of the fence concerning integration (Psychology and Christianity), and I've always believed that the two could coexist; however, I was wrong despite my sincerity. Psychobabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology and the Biblical Alternative opened my eyes. Richard Ganz shows his readers that Psychology and Christianity cannot be united. Throughout this book Ganz shares insights from his own personal journey, and encourages his readers to take a bold stance for Christ. This is a book that confronts modern psychotherapy with the Word of God. Within its pages we see Ganz cutting away the fluff of this "feel good" theology that has crept into our homes and churches; he reveals the "Psycho..." fields true motives. Armed with only the Bible he successfully confronts many of societies crutches (self-esteem, etc.). I would highly recommend this book for those who truly believe God's Word is sufficient for ever need.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 1997
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Great book! After reading Competent to Counsel by Jay
Adams followed by this book, I finally made the leap of faith to abandon psychology forever. I thank God for people like Ganz who are willing to speak out the unpopular truth--
my life has been set straight, and I believe I was spared several more years of anguish that would have occurred had I continued to try to deal with my problems through the counsel of the world rather than the counsel of God. All of you who have been horribly disappointed with secular counseling, or psychology dressed as Christian counseling, you need to get this book! It will help you understand why
you've been so let down, and where the real answers lie
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Andy Doerksen (neo-reality@home.com) on June 1, 2001
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"A reader from Ohio" calls PSYCHOBABBLE "Typical work from those who view psychology as the tool of Satan." That is simply a mischaracterization of the book, for it misses the important point that Ganz comes at his topic not as an outsider, but as a former psychologist himself who became disillusioned and found that the gospel of Jesus Christ creates real transformation in people.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 2003
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Ganz's book has shown me that pursuing a higher degree in the field in which I already have an undergraduate degree, namely psychology, would be futile. I always felt that the line between "Christian" psychology and secular psychology was very blurred; nevertheless, Ganz has confirmed my belief that God's Word is sufficient for such needs. Why run to the world for answers when we serve the Prince of Peace? There is so much in God's Word that confirms Ganz's position about Biblical counseling. I feel that his position on this subject is timely as many Christians have compromised with the world in this area. It is time for us to believe what God says in His Word. "Do not be anxious for anything..." (Phil. 4:6-7)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Warriner on April 4, 2009
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Dr. Ganz has the credentials to speak loud and strong in exposing the deceptive world of psychoanalysis. One of the greastest threats in our society today is the proliferation of legally prescribed mood and mind altering drugs. They do far more harm than good. Dr. Ganz shows that there are far better alternatives that actually set people free from their illness.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason Chamberlain VINE VOICE on January 9, 2009
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If you really believe 2 Tim 3:16-17 and 2 Pet 1:3-4, but are confused by the church's approach to counseling then this book is for you. Ganz provides a great insider's view to the problem with the integrationist philosophy. Let Christ be magnified!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Grotzke on September 11, 2012
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Point: Although secular psychology has been adopted by a majority of our culture, it fails to give the hope and help that Biblical counseling does. Every believer should be able to counsel each other with the truths from God's Word.

Path: Richard Ganz shows through his own testimony of being a psychologist and then Biblical counselor the differences between the two. He gives a brief description of the founders and theories of psychology. Woven throughout the book are helpful examples and case studies of how the Bible is sufficient to change the lives of believers.

Agreement: This book is easy to read and helpful in understanding the different theories of secular psychology. Ganz shows how it is often easier for people to accept psychology than the truths of God's Word because when we look into God's Word we are shown our sin and no longer comfortable with the way that we are living, where most often in psychology we are taught that we can shift blame to others or that the way in which we are living is acceptable.
Ganz is right on when he talks about the importance of a Biblical local church having a great deal to do with change in people's lives. There is loving confrontation and help and accountability among the believers. We should all be prepared to counsel others rather than thinking that we need to send people to the "professionals."

Personal App: How often do I feel like the Bible is not enough for life's daily struggles and I look to find something more?

It would be worth another read and I would recommend it.
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Author (and former clinical psychologist, before his conversion) Richard Ganz said in the first chapter of this 1993 book, "My goal in this book is to help readers understand that the counseling concepts woven into psychoanalysis ... are inherently opposed to the Word of God. My approach will be to reveal the direct conflict between secular philosophies and Biblical principles and to strip back to its ugly roots the psychotherapy that the church has baptized and embraced. My hope is that the church will stop shuffling her hurting and broken members to the 'experts' who lack the power and perspective of the Word of God, that pastors will instead seize the opportunities to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness a people fit for service to King Jesus." (Pg. 27)

He was profoundly influenced by Dr. Jay Adams (author of Competent to Counsel, Christian Counselor's Manual, The, etc.), who told him, "'I don't care how many degrees you have; no one counsels here unless they know the Word of God!' At that moment I knew I was going to Westminster [Theological Seminary]. I finally understood that I needed to be the learner, not the teacher. Instead of coming to a lucrative job, I found myself coming to Westminster Seminary as a first year student. I was starting all over." (Pg. 25)

He states, "slowly I realized that the pastorate is the heart of truly Christian counseling, which is the ministry of God's Holy Word." (Pg. 26) He later adds, "By looking to the secular realm of psychology, God's people are forgetting what they look like.
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