Item description for Competent Christian Counseling, Volume One: Foundations and Practice of Compassionate Soul Care by Timothy Clinton & George Ohlschlager...
Overview Under the guidance and approval of the American Association of Christian Counselors, more than forty Christian professionals have contributed to this reference book that provides a biblically based and empircally validated model of 21st-century Christian counseling that invites Christ into the heart of the helping process to meet the deepest needs of individuals and families.
Publishers Description The authoritative new reference guide that equips counselors, pastors and church leaders, and caregivers for an effective ministry of soul care. Under the guidance of the highly respected American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), more than 40 leading Christian professionals have come together to provide this comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date reference guide for professional and lay counselors, pastors, and leaders in training. "Competent Christian Counseling" offers you: - the best contributions on spiritual formation and pastoral care from Scripture as well as from giants of church history - the latest research, theory, and successful practice methods in Christian counseling - a practical, 21st century model of Christian counseling that is not only "counselor friendly," but also facilitates effective, biblical client change--all geared to help people mature in the ways and wisdom of Jesus Christ. "Competent Christian Counseling, " edited by Timothy Clinton and George Ohlschlager, is destined to be regarded for years to come as "the" authoritative, trustworthy resource for Christian counseling.
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Timothy Clinton is president of the nearly 40,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the largest and most diverse Christian counseling association in the world. He is president of and maintains a part-time counseling practice with Light Counseling, Inc., in Lynchburg, Virginia and serves as Pastor of Caring Ministries at Calvary Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. The host of a national radio call-in program called Christian Counseling Today, he is the author of Before a Bad Goodbye and The Marriage You Always Wants and executive editor of The Soul Care Bible. Tim holds B.S. and M.A. degrees in pastoral ministries from Liberty University and Ed.S. and Ed.D. degrees in counselor education from the College of William and Mary."
Timothy Clinton currently resides in Lynchburg, in the state of US Virgin Islands.
Reviews - What do customers think about Competent Christian Counseling, Volume One: Foundations and Practice of Compassionate Soul Care?
Be forwarned...! Sep 14, 2008
I was requested to purchase this text for a graduate level course at a respected seminary. It was one of four texts yet it was assigned without the forewarning as to how it may inform the instructors pedagogical choices. It is written by a graduate of Jerry Falwell's 'Liberty University.' The book unabashedly defies the American Psychiatric Associate and every other respectable accrediting institution in many approaches. The theology is 'literalist' so it perpetrates a rather unacademic approach to the Bible. Yes you may have to counsel those who see the Bible as the literal word of God, but do know it is at it's best controversial, and at its worse offensive. And then there is the issue of lining the authors pockets - and I as a Christian may pray for right wing extremists, but and certainly not prepared to pay for them.
Easy read for great stuff Jun 10, 2008
This book is packed with a lot of great articles by some heavy hitters in the Christian counseling community. It was a required book for my master's program but is one of my favorites.
Competent Christian counseling May 14, 2007
It is an excellent resource. It uses language that lay persons can understand and yet offers excellent info. Money well spent. L Wilson
A Good Resource Jan 31, 2007
Competent Christian Couseling is an excellent resource book for biblical counselors of all types, be it: pastors, lay counselors, clinical, or private sector counselors. However, the book reads more like a compilation of articles and insights that a person can find in Psychology Today, or other counseling magazines. Although it is put together nicely, and it can be very useful in practical application, I feel it does not reach the potential that it can reach.
Students will find this work helpful in their pursuit of a counseling major, although, they may not refer to it much once they are in their own practice.
Overall, the work is good and worth the money and study, but it was not what I had expected.
Too much statistical details Aug 21, 2006
I got defocused with all the statistics and accrediting details. Of course this probably should be wholly contributed to the instructor's purpose for this assigned reading. However, there were parts of this book that were quite informative and spiritually stimulating.