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Effective Biblical Counseling: A Model for Helping Caring Christians Become Capable Counselors Hardcover – Illustrated, June 14, 1977
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Well researched in both psychological and theological data and presented in a readable style that makes it valuable to pastors...
It is not often that a book the quality of Effective Biblical Counseling comes along.
...members of any church, or other group of Christians, would benefit by such loving biblical concern and counsel.
...loaded with lots of help.
Crabb has done his homework well.
must reading for the Christian professional.
In Effective Biblical Counseling, Gold Medallion Award-winning author Dr. Larry Crabb Jr. presents a model of counseling which can be gracefully integrated into the functioning of the local church. He asserts that counseling is simply a relationship between people who care, and that its goal is to free people to better worship and serve God.
This book will show you how to help people achieve obedience and character growth in their lives, and establish a sense of personal worth and security along the way.
Dr. Crabb says, I believe that God has ordained the local church to be his primary instrument to tend to his peoples aches and pains. In writing this book I have tried to be of practical help to Christians who want to be more effective in ministering to their suffering brothers and sisters. -- Publisher
From the Back Cover
- Item Weight : 11.8 ounces
- Hardcover : 212 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780310225706
- ISBN-13 : 978-0310225706
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 0.75 x 8.75 inches
- Publisher : Zondervan; Illustrated edition (June 14, 1977)
- ASIN : 0310225701
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #193,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I prayed to God when I was in such situation myself. I was in an abusive relationship. My son was 18 months. Our lives were at risk. My husband was also an alcoholic and not the best example for a kid. I was desperate. I cried out to the Lord. I heard deeply in my heart God's voice saying "take your child and run away. I will take care of you." I did it under very adverse circumstances. He has taken care of us and blessed us ever since. This happened 20 years ago. I went through counseling for a long time to do a "stuffed chimney clean up." I did have a lot of wrong thinking within me. I prayed for healing and worked hard session after session.
Today, I dedicate my life to prison ministry, because I love God, I believe in Him, and I am deeply grateful. I want people to know that He loves them unconditionally and can do good for them too. I love my group there. I understand that those who make wrong decisions, mistreat people or commit crimes, lack love and Jesus most than enything else. Yes, it takes a long haul to get to know God and be obedient, but that doesn't happen by telling people "you have to obey God." "Haves to" alone or "do what the Bible says" don't really do the job. People need to heal the wounds first. Jesus came to this World and experienced life as a human being. He knows what we go through when we suffer, or when we are tempted, therefore He can feel compassion and work in our hearts so we can change. True obedience and willingness- comes from loving God. In the midst of adversity we usually don't see it, but it will show eventually. There is a bigger picture that involves Faith, which the book does not consider. Some people don't have the intellect to get to the root of their problems, yet they heal and that is God's work, so He deserves some credit too.
Where Crabb differs from secular psychologists is in two clear goals. The first goal is to see counseling transform people, so they become more like Christ and the second goal is to develop a counseling support system in every church. Crabb’s goals fundamentally change the practice of counseling from being individual oriented to “other” oriented. In doing so, it changes the perspective of what is wrong, how to correct the wrong, and the reason for correcting the wrong.
Christ-like maturity is not automatic but a life-long process in the right direction. Obedience to God is one of the key elements that work toward it. As one actively, presently, and consistently obeys Christ-like character begins to develop which is the second element needed for maturity (23).
Many counselors focus on feelings. Though feelings are indicators and motivators, they can be led by a deceived or sin-tainted heart that pursues only personal happiness. Other counselors focus on changing behavior, but that misses the heart issue. Crabb agrees with Romans 12:2 that the main target in counseling should be the mind. When the mind is renewed by replacing wrong beliefs with biblical truth a chain reaction occurs where false assumptions are challenged, goals are adjusted to God's will, godly behavior is acted out on, and mature feelings follow.
The practical approach for biblical counselors, pastors, and lay counselors will prove itself to be effective and accurate.
Crabb does an excellent job of framing a counselor in all areas of the needs of the counselor and counselee. Although this is not an exhaustive work, it is complete in equipping those that desire to take the first steps to Biblical Counseling.