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Overview Why is it many evangelical preachers shout from the pulpit about God's power, but they shuffle their emotionally troubled members off to the closest therapist? Both church leaders and laypersons seem to believe that the psychological "experts" have the answers for the wounded hearts and souls of God's people. And when churches do offer counseling, it often is tinged with the secular psychology and psychotherapy that have infiltrated the church. Psychobabble explains the dichotomy between secular and Biblical counseling and shows the danger of incorporating secular techniques into a Christian approach. This book will arm believers looking for Scriptural answers to the hurts of a broken world. As anti-Christian bias becomes increasingly pervasive in secular psychology, the church must look to the true source of all healing. This book will point the way.
Publishers Description From Bestselling author Dr. Richard Ganz Why is it that many evangelical preachers shout from the pulpit about God's power, but then shuffle their emotionally troubled members off to the closest therapist? Both church leaders and laypersons seem to believe that the psychological "experts" have the answers for the wounded hearts and souls of God's people. And when churches do offer counseling, it often is tinged with the secular psychology and psychotherapy that have infiltrated the church. PSYCHOBABBLE explains the dichotomy between secular and Biblical counseling, and shows the danger of incorporating secular techniques into a Christian approach. This book will arm believers looking for Scriptural answers to the hurts of a broken world. As anti-Christian bias becomes increasingly pervasive in secular psychology, the church must look to the true source of all healing. This book will point the way. "Dr. Ganz threads through all the sticky issues as he confronts the psychological demigods of the Christian integrationists' pantheon and exposes their feet of clay. For those who have wondered whether the integration of secular psychotherapy with the revelation of God in the Bible is possible--here is your answer." --Dr. Jay Adams, professor, Westminster Theological Seminary "Here is a solid Biblical approach to counseling from somebody who has seen it from both the psychological and Biblical sides. Anyone who does Biblical counseling should read this book." --Dr. John F. MacArthur, Jr., pastor, author of Ashamed of the Gospel "A vivid book by a Bible-believing Jewish-Christian ex-psychotherapist, full of precious wisdom as to how God's power transforms troubled lives." --Dr. J. I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regents College "At a time when much of the modern church seems to have replaced repentance with recovery, sanctification with serenity, and piety with therapy, Psychobabble is especially welcome--and needed. I pray that it will receive a wide reading." --George Grant, author, Executive Director, Legacy Communications
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Studio: Crossway Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.46" Weight: 0.46 lbs.
Release Date Aug 15, 2014
Publisher GOOD NEWS PUBLISHING #65
ISBN 0891077340 ISBN13 9780891077343
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More About Richard Ganz & John MacArthur
Ganz is pastor and president of Ottawa Theological Hal
Reviews - What do customers think about PsychoBabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology—and the Biblical Alternative?
Anarchic approach to christian counselling May 17, 2007
This book is so typical of it's day and when it was written. I hate to think that people might still have this viewpoint & that it's all about drumming in the christianity component of healing in total ignorance of the benefits of psychology and what it can truthfully offer.
Christian/Pastoral Counselling and its place in healing mind and spirit Mar 6, 2007
At least with a psychologist who is licensed one has a recourse. Often in therapy people who work with a counsellor whose values conflict with their own may find themselves confused and distorted. The reason why Christian or pastoral counselling works for some is that it as a discipline is designed to heal mind and soul. Same can be said for Buddhist and Jewish pastoral care. Secular psychology has gotten way too far out as the New Age movement influences many approaches to counselling. Then there is the business model of needing clients for income. Both factors play into the creation of dependance to keep one employed. When the soul heals it is incredible what happens. Besides ... if prayer turned around St. Augustine of Hippo ... it can turn around probably alot more people.
Good intentions, poorly argued. Nov 7, 2004
I was initially impressed by the topics to be covered in this book however found that few areas were well discussed. Whilst myself exploring the differences between modern psychology and Nouthetic counseling, this book failed to completely discuss the areas detailed in its contents. I was particularly disappopinted with the chapter "The myth of intergration" which had very little to do with intergrating modern psychology with Biblical concepts. Examples were biased and information appeared to be delievered without the thoroughness that such texts require for today's critical minds. As this review is titled, I believe the author had good intentions, however with exposure to Jay Adams and the like for his work, this book offers very little useful information.
Excellent Book About Biblical Counseling Apr 30, 2003
Ganz's book has shown me that pursuing a higher degree in the field in which I already have an undergraduate degree, namely psychology, would be futile. I always felt that the line between "Christian" psychology and secular psychology was very blurred; nevertheless, Ganz has confirmed my belief that God's Word is sufficient for such needs. Why run to the world for answers when we serve the Prince of Peace? There is so much in God's Word that confirms Ganz's position about Biblical counseling. I feel that his position on this subject is timely as many Christians have compromised with the world in this area. It is time for us to believe what God says in His Word. "Do not be anxious for anything..." (Phil. 4:6-7)
Not "typical"! Jun 2, 2001
"A reader from Ohio" calls PSYCHOBABBLE "Typical work from those who view psychology as the tool of Satan." That is simply a mischaracterization of the book, for it misses the important point that Ganz comes at his topic not as an outsider, but as a former psychologist himself who became disillusioned and found that the gospel of Jesus Christ creates real transformation in people.