Competent to Counsel   -     By: Jay E. Adams
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Competent to Counsel

Zondervan / 1986 / Hardcover

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A classic from the dean of Christian counseling! Adams has helped thousands of pastors, laypeople, and professionals to implement a nouthetic, or Spirit-led, approach to counseling. Promoting use of biblically based discussion, he offers profound insight into the way sin affects human personality, and how confession and taking responsibility restore counselees to wholeness in Christ. Hardcover.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 287
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 1986
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0310511402
ISBN-13: 9780310511403
UPC: 025986511401
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Series: Jay Adams Library

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A Classic in the Field of Christian Counseling Competent to Counsel has helped thousands of pastors, students, laypersons, and Christian counselors develop both a general approach to Christian counseling and a specific response to particular problems. Using biblically directed discussion, nouthetic counseling works by means of the Holy Spirit to bring about change in the personality and behavior of the counselee. As Dr. Jay Adams points out in his introduction, "I have been engrossed in the project of developing biblical counseling and have uncovered what I consider to be a number of important scriptural principles. . . . There have been dramatic results. . . . Not only have people’s immediate problems been resolved, but there have also been solutions to all sorts of long-term problems as well." Since its first publication in 1970, this book has gone through over thirty printings. It establishes the basis for and an introduction to a counseling approach that is being used in pastors’ studies, in counseling centers, and across dining room tables throughout the country and around the world

Author Bio

Jay E. Adams (PhD, University of Missouri) is a former director of advanced studies and professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, as well as a retired pastor. He has written over fifty books on pastoral ministry, preaching, counseling, Bible study, and Christian living. His books include Competent to Counsel, The Christian Counselor’s Manual, and Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Bible.

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    This text was on a recommended reading list for counselors at the crisis pregnancy center when I serve. The focus is that most problems Christians deal with in their personal lives are a result of personal life choices or attitudes. As Christians, we are given the Scriptures to address those issues. Remembering our standing with God, and releying on the guidance of the Holy Spirit, are critical to every day and every decision of our lives, as this text explains. Rather than blame outside factors, we are responsible only for our responses to those factors and God have given us the power to respond as Jesus would have done. "Must read" for counselors, but every Christian should read this text. We all know someone who is trouble or comes to us for advice. The author wrote several other texts which explain practical application of the Christian principles, and how to help in specific situation. If you are interested in counseling, you should order every text by Jay Adams!
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    This book is an excellent introduction to and overview of Christian counseling as well as Christian living. It debunks traditional secular approaches to therapy such as Freud, Rogers and Skinner and makes the point that the only true hope for meaningful and lasting change is by our taking responsibility for our actions, redemption through Jesus Christ and sanctification by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Many counseling approaches look at either "nature," "nurture," or a combination, for the source of the problem as well as the treatment. But, as Adams says (p. 250), "[T]he Christian knows that a third factor, the Person of the Holy Spirit, enters the picture to enable Christians by his power to respond in accordance with the commands of God. Personality, then, is nature and nurture. But Christians by the Spirit have become more than ‘natural' men (cf. 1 Corinthians 2). They have been changed and may continue to change their personalities by the work of the Spirit."

    The book points out that Christian counseling is effective because its approach is applicable to daily Christian living, not just resolving the "problems" in our lives. In this regard, the book is a valuable resource for all Christians. Again quoting Adams (p.248), "Perhaps one of the reasons why the reading of Scripture has become academic and irrelevant, influencing life so little, is because people have read it as a book apart from living. The Scriptures are full of principles (usually connected with or imbedded in concrete situations) that really can be put into practice. Verses come alive as they become part of one's life."

    It has been said that you can give a man a fish and he will feed himself for a day; teach him to fish and he will feed himself for a lifetime. This book is perhaps the best overview I have read on the subject of "biblical fishing." It touches on how to biblically address issues such as anger and forgiveness in our own lives, how to deal with problems in relationships with spouses and others, how to raise children in the way most likely to produce responsible adults, and even how teachers in Christian schools can use a biblical approach to teach problem solving in a way that is honoring to God.
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