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Speaking Truth In Love Paperback – November 28, 2005
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A gift to the body of Christ that will help us use God's word more skillfully. --Bob Lepine - Co-Host, FamilyLife Today
A winsome, readable handbook that delves into the heart of how God would have us relate to one another. --Joni Earickson Tada - JAF International
About the Author
David Powlison, M.Div., Ph.D is a popular speaker, writer, and faculty member of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundaltion's School of Biblical Counseling. He also teaches Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary and edits the Journal of Biblical Counseling. Dr. Powlison has also written Seeing with New Eyes: Counseling and the Human Condition Through the Lens of Scripture, a 2004 nominee for the coveted ECPA Gold Medallion Award. In addition, he has written Power Encounters: Reclaiming Spiritual Warfare, and numerous articles on counseling.
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The first chapter lays the foundation for the character of the counselor. Chapter two builds upon the previous book by providing the theological content needed for biblical counseling--the fall of humanity. This vital aspect can be strengthened even more when read in conjunction with biblical anthropology (the creation of humanity in God's image) and biblical soteriology (the redemption of humanity through Christ's sacrifice). In chapters three through twelve, Powlison addresses core methodological issues such as listening, questioning, prayer, the role of the Word in personal ministry etc. The final five chapters provide something of a potpourri of important correlated issues such as referral, training, lay ministry, pastoral ministry, and women's ministry.
As another reviewer mentioned, the only possible "weakness" of the book is that it is not as seamless as it could be. The transitions between chapters are at times a little hard to connect, likely due to some of these chapters having been collated from previous articles, with rewriting. However, this minor issue aside, "Speaking Truth in Love" should be required reading for all students of biblical counseling.
Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D, is the author of "Soul Physicians," "Spiritual Friends," "Biblical Psychology," "Martin Luther's Pastoral Counseling," and "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction."