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Effective Biblical Counseling: A Model for Helping Caring Christians Become Capable Counselors [Hardcover]

By Larry Crabb (Author)
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"Many of the people we deal with in counseling are hiding behind all sorts of defensive overlays designed to protect a fragile sense of self-acceptance or to prevent further rejection or failure from reaching an already crippled self-identity. Counseling involves a stripping away of the layers, sometimes gently sometimes forcefully, to reach the real person underneath.'

"My thesis is that problems develop when the basic needs for significance and security are threatened. People pursue irresponsible ways of living as a means of defending against feelings of insignificance and insecurity. In most cases these folks have arrived at a wrong idea as to what constitutes significance and security."

"Counseling is relationship. Relationship interactions vary depending on the temperaments, problems, personalities of the people involved. With some you adopt a professional air, with others a relaxed, friendly mood. With some you directly teach, with others you ramblingly explore. With some you assign specific behavioral homework assignments, with others you subtly encourage broad affective or attitudinal changes."

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In Effective Biblical Counseling, Gold Medallion Award-winning author Dr. Larry Crabb presents a model of counseling that 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 people's 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.'

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   212
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 14, 1977
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310225701  
ISBN13  9780310225706  
UPC  025986225704  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, seminar speaker, Bible teacher, author, and founder/director of NewWay Ministries. In addition to various speaking and teaching opportunities, he is also Scholar in Residence at Colorado Christian University and serves as Spiritual Director for the American Association of Christian Counselors. His many popular books include Inside Out, Finding God, The Pressure's Off, Connecting, Becoming a True Spiritual Community, The PAPA Prayer, SoulTalk, and his life work, 66 Love Letters. For additional information visit

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Review of Effective Biblical Counseling: A Model for Helping Caring Christians Become Capable Counselors  Feb 19, 2007
The book was purchased for a class I took at my church. I think the book is perfect for an indepth study of Christian Counseling. My class only lasted 8 weeks, so we didn't really have time to delve into it. I would recommend the book to any counseling student.
All Around an Excellent Book  Jan 31, 2007
Larry Crabb has written a book that will be on the desk's of counselor's for years. Like the classics of C.S. Lewis (Mere Chrisitanity), and others, this book will continue to capture counselors of all types. The book is well written, and unlike many other books on counseling, the applications to counseling is not limited to a time-frame, or new knowledge.

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.
Early Foundational Work  May 3, 2006
"Effective Biblical Counseling" is Crabb's second book, chronologically speaking. In it, he lays the foundation for much that will follow in his writings over the next 30 years. Here he highlights his passion for the local church as the primary place for counseling and lay people as the primary care givers in the counseling process. With later books like "Connecting" and "The Safest Place on Earth," Crabb deepened and expanded this focus.

As an early writing, Crabb might have chosen other wording for some of his key concepts that have continually kept him in the hot water of critique from other biblical counselors. In particular his concept of "spoiling the Egyptians" smacks, to some, of integrating secular psychology equally with biblical theology. While Crabb has gone to great pains to explain this is not and was not his view, and has detailed elsewhere his commitment to the sufficiency of Scripture, this phrase still seems to haunt him three decades later

That aside, Crabb's model of three levels of counseling in the church is helpful and intriguing. However, one could wish for more detail on how to realisically implement the model in the local church. Tan's book on equipping lay counselors is the best available on that topic, yet it is now 15 years old. What we need is an up-to-date manual that describes in practical, real-world terms how to equip lay people to offer one another care--a model for helping caring Christians to become capable spiritual friends and soul physicians.

Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction," "Soul Physicians," "Spiritual Friends," and the forthcoming "Sacred Friendships: Listening to the Voices of Women Soul Care-Givers and Spiritual Directors."
Very readable - powerful concepts  Jan 20, 2006
Dr. Crabb does a good job a presenting his case for powerful Christian counseling. Readers should remember that this is Dr. Crabb's opinion and observation - not the Bible itself.

He does a wonderful job of crafting the structures of counseling and how the church should (and is obligated) to participate fully in the healing needs of its members.

Congratulations and thanks for a job well done!
Has some strong points  Aug 10, 2003
Crabb believes that the local church should assume the responsibility for restoring people who are in need of healing. For too long the church has abdicated this biblical role. He states that there are three levels of counseling. Level I is counseling by encouragement which every member of the church can do by helping hurting people focus on establishing biblical feelings. Level II is counseling by exhortation. This level of counseling requires a good biblical background, it can be done by elders, Sunday School teachers and pastors. Level III is counseling by enlightenment that tries to establish godly behavior through changed thinking.

A picture is worth a thousand words. Larry Crabb's charts give clarity and meaning to his writing. While having a strong biblical basis, Crabb does not ignore the contributions of secular systems of psychology, rather, he puts them thorough the sieve of biblical truth to find practical helpful advise. I appreciate his thoughtful critique of competing systems of psychology. He gives the reader a general introduction to the different schools of counseling, both secular and Christian. Rather than bashing the non-Christian viewpoints he notes their strengths and exposes their humanistic presuppositions. The discussion of Transactional Analysis on pg. 39 demonstrates a model of secular psychology adopted by the evangelical church. While Transactional Analysis can be a helpful tool for the pastor, Crabb looks at its humanistic presuppositions and warns of its misuse. He sees man's basic need as significance and security. People need to know that they have worth and that they are loved. Crabb has a gift to communicate in a clear way some rather technical stuff. Also worthy of note is Crabb's discussion how problems develop in chapters six and seven.

I really enjoyed this book but I felt as if I were duped. The church is to have three levels of counseling, yet, it is not until pg. 165 that Mr. Crabb states that Level II counseling (counseling by encouragement) is for "elders, pastors, deacons . . . other spiritually mature." The bulk of the book is about Level III counseling which requires specialized training of six months to a year to learn. Mr. Crabb admits to not having develop a teaching curriculum for it. Clearly, Level III counseling requires a time commitment that few pastors and lay people can afford to make.

The book gave me hope that we can do Level I and II counseling with very little training. I am afraid, however that Level III counseling is out of reach most churches. The time, expertise and expense in trading are beyond the means of most small churches. Personally, this book helped me order my thinking on pastoral counseling. In seminary, I was taught an eclectic model of counseling with no biblical worldview. It left me drifting in a mass of psychobabble. I highly recommend this book because if its excellent survey of competing schools of thought and its thorough analysis of them.


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