- Series: Jay Adams Library
- Hardcover: 287 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (July 2, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310511402
- ISBN-13: 978-0310511403
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 121 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Competent to Counsel Hardcover – June 20, 1986
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%This is a classic in the field of Christian counseling. It has helped thousands of pastors, students, laypersons, and Christian counselors develop both a general approach to Christian counseling and a specific response to particular problems.
%Using biblically directed discussion, nouthetic counseling works by means of the Holy Spirit to bring about change in the personality and behavior of the counselee. As the author points out in his introduction. "I have been engrossed in the project of developing biblical counseling and have uncovered what I consider to be a number if important scriptural principles. Immediate problems been resolved, but there have also been solutions to all sorts of long-term problems as well.
%First published in 1970, this book has gone through over thirty printings. It established the bases for an introduction to an approach to counseling that is being used in pastors' studies, in counseling centers, and across dining room tables throughout the country and around
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Dr. Jay E. Adams is Director of Advanced Studies and Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Escondido, California. He received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, his B.D. from the Reformed Episcopal Theological Seminary, his S.T.M. from Temple University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. In addition to having served as a pastor and then a Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Dr. Adams has been the Dean of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, Laverock, Pennsylvania, since its founding in the early 1970s. He has written over fifty books, translated the New Testament into English (The Christian Counselors New Testament), and lectured throughout the world. His books deal with many aspects of pastoral ministry and counseling as well as Bible study and practical Christian living
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I will say this : if you are interested in buying the self pac series , the workbooks are 98% just fill in the blank of what is already in this book , they don't really contain any additional information, except for a few pages , so that was disappointing for me .
This book did teach me a few good points about what , and what not to do when talking to someone about their problems , but it didn't have nearly as much info as a book this size should have offered (in my opinion) .
I feel as though it could have been summed up in a book a quarter of the size .
But over all its still pretty good .
I did not appreciate how little he talked about how to actually move on from problems , I can sum up the whole book by saying , " people in need of counseling are those who have 'unsolved personal problems ' they need to realize that is sin , repent , confess and move on . "
I feel as though that is 90% of what the book told me , and OBVIOUSLY I agree that the only way to solve a problem is by the grace of God alone , and we definitely do need to repent , I just feel like that is pretty basic information and he could have expanded a bit more . Sorry for the long review, I'm not good at short and sweet ! Keep following God in your counseling path !
- an 18 year old want to be youth pastor :)
and I was delighted to finally discover a means of approaching human problems
that didn't require duct tape and WD-40.
I tossed all my undergrad and grad texts when I finished my counseling program
and went onto the streets as a cop for six years.
I've now been in ministry in about a half-dozen countries and have not found a
square inch where Scripture, rightly understood and applied, has failed in its
promises to teach, correct, rebuking and training in righteousness.
That conviction began with Adams' book which tore down the ivory castles my profs
took so long to construct (out of whole cloth, nearly). Really, Adams just showed how
those theories simply implode upon themselves apart from Biblical truths and precepts.
He shows how wholeness and peace are achieved both personally and relationally: through repentance and confession of sin. As a counselor addresses mans guilt and sin the counselee is given the chance to find restoration and freedom.
The reader will benefit from practical tips, concrete examples, personal anecdotes, and a rock solid theological framework from which to work.