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BIBLE Counseling [Paperback]

By Doug Mallett (Author) & Debra A. Read (Author)
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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. 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 people's emotional, mental, and spiritual states, bringing them back to the root of their faith and confidence in the God who created them.

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Studio: Xulon Press
Pages   404
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.28" Height: 0.99"
Weight:   1.31 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 24, 2003
Publisher   Xulon Press
ISBN  1594670811  
ISBN13  9781594670817  

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Don't buy this book IF....  Apr 18, 2005
Don't buy this book if you believe psychology has more answers than the bible.

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.
When BIBLE needs to be an acronym?  Mar 2, 2005
Talk about selling out to the whims of 21st century secularism... When the word Bible has to stand for something other than the bible, we have lost our way.

Where is the focus of the client in bible counseling? I believe that those seeking help and counseling need the focus to be on their healing, not the dogmatic agenda of the counselor. How is that going to help someone? It makes them more dependent, and vulnerable, to the manipulators of the faith.

Drop your personal agenda, ask your client questions and let them organize their options and plans for moving through their challenges. When stuck, find appropriate guidance on such topics biblically and ask the person to be accountable for their actions. The key to success is listening with a non-judgemental mind.
Bible Counseling that truly is biblical  Nov 1, 2004
This book reminds us that evangelizing is what is supposed to be at the heart of biblical counseling. Although the bible clearly teaches that we should bear one another's burdens, to often it is assumed that the person seeking counseling has a clear understanding of the gospel of Christ. With this assumption, the goal of the counselor is to give hope, encouragement and the tools necessary to ease the temporal burdens while overlooking the greater goal of the eternal that is to be the first and foremost concern of a biblical counselor. To rob a person of the eternal at the expense of the temporal is a potential mistake that all Evangelicals need to be on their guard to not make through their compassion to bear one another's burdens.

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.

Ann Koch
A serious bible student.
A Wasted of Money and Time....  Oct 28, 2004
Bible Counseling: Equipping Christians for an Evangelistic Counseling Ministry. With all due respect to the publishers and authors of this book, this is not the kind of book the laity or clergy are looking for. The title is very deceiving. If you have read the numerous Christian counseling books by Dr. Jay E. Adams, and Dr. Gary R. Collins when compared with Bible Counseling, you end up wondering how is that the authors ever decided to write such a book that leaves the reader with definitively more questions that with answers.

The authors try very hard to prove their arguments without the appropriate theological back-up, nor scientific research methods are used to accomplish this task. When denouncing the practice of deliverance of demons, the authors are correct to the fact that there are too many schemes and con artists claiming to have supernatural and divine healing power. However, the authors neglected to give credit where the credit is due to great Christian healers from our contemporary era, such as Maria Woodworth-Etter, Charles F. Parham ("the father of Pentecost" - quoted from God's Generals by Roberts Liardon), Agnes Sandford who wrote several classics such as The Healing Light and the Healing Touch of God, and former Father Francis MacNutt.

Bible Counseling has some very basic good points. However, the chapters on describing other religions and cults, such as Mormonism is not something one is wanting to read in a Christian counseling book. To close, I believe that the problem with this book is the lack of intellect by the authors. After reading this book, I wanted to trash it but I decided to keep it - to used it as an example later on when giving advise to people on what not to buy. Total overall review: a mediocre book.

Love, Joy, and Peace in Christ,

Rev. Dr. Miguel Angel Contreras, Ph.D., Th.D.
International Persecuted Church Organization/
Christian Counseling & Healing Center/
Yuma, Arizona 85364

BIBLE Counseling  May 27, 2004
Counseling in general is difficult. Most who launch out into counseling as a livelihood fail at it. But, Internet Counseling?
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!

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