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BIBLE Counseling Paperback – October 24, 2003
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Yes, the twenty-first century is now here, and along with it, the pressures and stresses of life have grown immeasurably as well. Marriages are pummeled on every side; the divorce count is rising; we see an increase in the number of victims of sexual and physical abuse. Pastors are inundated with requests for counseling.
What is the church's solution? Should churches send their people to secular sources for "professional" help? Or does God have a different solution? This book is a foundational wealth of resources to train everyone in the church to apply biblical truth in a practical way to overcome the problems they face.
BIBLE (Biblical Insights for Basic Living Everyday) Counseling is an effective method that uses basic Bible truths about God to transform peoples emotional, mental and spiritual states, bringing them back to the root of their faith and confidence in the God who created them.
About the Author
Pastor Doug Mallett, a graduate of Faith Bible College in Colorado, is founder of one of the longest running cyber ministries in Yahoo! Chat. Since its inception, Open Arms Internet Ministry (OAIM) has had more than 30,000 people pass through its counseling chat room, and Doug has personally counseled with over 1,000 individuals. He has written many articles for the OAIM website, and his unique understanding of grace gives the ministry its distinctive flair.
Debra A. Read is a seventeen-year veteran public school teacher, popular conference speaker, owner of Chalkboard Productions (a foreign language teaching materials company), author of the Spiritual Warrior Discipleship Course, and co-founder of OAIM. Deb has written several articles for the OAIM website, for which she is the webmaster. She has also counseled individually with over 1,000 people through the years. She is finishing a masters degree in biblical counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary in Indiana.
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Don't buy this book if you believe that when Christ said, "It is finished," He didn't mean it.
Don't buy this book if you aren't willing to give up your own pet beliefs if the bible clearly declares them false.
It's interesting that the two dissenting votes that are listed about this book are people who want to follow some of the false teachings this book (and the Bible) speak out against. (Just read their bios!)
Why are Christians living on the same level as unbelievers? Why can't they handle their problems any better than those who don't know the God who created them? Whatever happened to the "abundant life" Jesus promised us? This book shows that the way it "is" isn't necessarily the way it "should be" and there are some very simple answers to the every day problems Christians face.
Does it bother me that the authors used BIBLE as an acronym to identify their type of counselling? Not at all. I think it's a good way of showing the difference between what they say and what a lot of other "Christian" counsellors are saying. Sure, a lot of them say they are Christians, but you'd never know it from the way they counsel. There are no differences between them and the secular psychological counselling that any unbeliever might do. Shouldn't there be a difference??
To me, I see sound doctrine as the heart of this book and the center of this type of counselling. I was fascinated by how the authors showed how every false teaching they cover is merely the same pagan ideas only said in a different way.
Personally, I learned much about myself from reading this book. Sometimes I didn't like my toes being stepped on, but I know that God has used it in my life.
Now we are taking a difficult 'profession' and launching it onto a new technological platform. All such undertakings are fraught with opportunities for disaster. The authors have been counseling on-line for many years, and have stepped into every conceivable minefield in the process. Why must we humans always learn the hard way? Anyone who is thinking about on-line counseling, or is struggling with attempts to be an effective on-line counselor, would be foolish not to read this book. My advice: learn from Doug and Deb, and save yourself a lot of problems.
I also think people who use Christian on-line counseling services should read the book as a guide to avoiding cultic websites. BIBLE Counseling gives a few critical lessons on how to quickly spot and sidestep cultic sites. I noticed that one of the book's reviewers, for example, who recommended another book rather than BIBLE Counseling, was trying to send people to a fringe cult group. So, buy the book and be wise!
With the obvious false teaching infiltrating the church today, it makes perfectly good sense to question the beliefs of the person seeking counseling. Is also makes perfectly good sense that a counselor needs to have a good solid knowledge of Christian apologetics that is consistent with sound doctrine. The example of the woman who was an Oneness Pentecostal was a perfect example of the importance of taking the approach to counseling as the authors have clearly pointed out. This book is to be applauded for the bold stance that has been taken in adhering to sound doctrine.
The book is aptly sub-titled "Equipping Christians for an Evangelical counseling ministry" and although I may not agree with every aspect of the author's beliefs, the disagreements are negligible. I give this book a four star rating and recommend this book for any serious biblical student to add to their studies who may have a desire to bear one another's burdens as a biblical counselor.
A serious bible student.