These will shape your worldview about counseling and Biblical Soul Care.
- How to Counsel God's Way, by Bob Hoekstra
- Curing the Heart: A Model for Biblical Counseling, by Howard A. Eyrich & William L. Hines
- Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change, by Paul David Tripp
- PsychoBabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology--and the Biblical Alternative, by Richard Ganz*
- PsychoHeresy: The Psychological Seduction of Christianity, by Martin Bobgan
- A Theology of Biblical Counseling: The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry, by Heath Lambert
- Basic Theology: A Popular Systematic Guide to Understanding Biblical Truth, by Charles Ryrie
- The Christian Counselor's Manual, by Jay E. Adams
*All of these books are available on kindle except Psychobabble
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How to Counsel God's Way
by Bob Hoekstra
This book is about learning to counsel one another from the word of God, living the Christian life, helping others do the same, and discerning the difference between biblical counsel and psychological counsel. This book is for everyone in the body of Christ, from the Staff Pastor to the After-Service Prayer Counselor, from the caring parent to the pressured businessman. This book is also for all who want to be used of God in ministering to others, all who are concerned about the growing intrusion of worldly wisdom and humanistic theories into the life and ministry of the Lord's church. The burden and insight for this book developed during twenty-five years of teaching the scriptures and counseling as a Pastor. During that time, the Lord brought awareness that many in the church world (including this author) were not relying wholly upon God's word as they ministered. In this book, Bob Hoekstra calls God's people back to the Lord Jesus as our Wonderful Counselor.
Curing the Heart: A Model for Biblical Counseling
by Howard A. Eyrich & William L. Hines
This book is really a text book for anyone involved or interested in Christian counselling. Both the authors teach the subject at a theological seminary in the States. Their influences include Jay Adams, a leading Christian psychologist, and Francis Schaeffer.
- Section 1 helps to make a case for a different style of counselling, based on the Bible and on Christian principles. Only a Biblical framework can explain the "why?" of human behaviour. The approach is therefore holistic as it tackles the heart of the human problem - the problem of the human heart.
- Section 2 gives background as well as practical guidelines to those interested in becoming Christian Counsellors.
- Section 3 outlines the Counselling Process and give practical worksheets and guidelines for helping someone out of their situation.
This model of psychology is very much more prescriptive than anything in secular counselling, or in many Christian circles, but the authors are consistent in their approach and they have been teaching the material for many years. There are good appendices to aid the reader.Learn More
Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change
by Paul David Tripp
We might be relieved if God placed our sanctification only in the hands of trained professionals, but that is not his plan. Instead, through the ministry of every part of the body, the whole church will mature in Christ.
Paul David Tripp helps us discover where change is needed in our own lives and the lives of others. Following the example of Jesus, Tripp reveals how to get to know people, and how to lovingly speak truth to them.Learn More
PsychoBabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology--and the Biblical Alternative
by Richard Ganz
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.
* Out of print. Must purchased used or ask Kady for help locating a copy.
PsychoHeresy: The Psychological Seduction of Christianity
by Martin Bobgan
Almost everywhere one turns in the church one sees psychology. The psychologizing of Christianity has reached epidemic proportions. We see it everywhere in the church, from psychologized sermons to psychologized persons. However, the psychologizing of the church is neither biblically nor scientifically justifiable. Beneath all the biblical reasons why Christians should not pursue psychotherapy and its underlying psychologies is this one fact: The use of psychotherapy and its underlying psychologies denies the sufficiency of Scripture for the issues of life normally taken to a psychotherapist. This book demonstrates the fact that psychological explanations about life and psychological solutions to life’s problems are questionable at best, detrimental at worst, and spiritual counterfeits at least.Learn More
A Theology of Biblical Counseling: The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry
by Heath Lambert
Since the beginning of the biblical counseling movement in 1970, biblical counselors have argued that counseling is a ministry of the Word, just like preaching or missions. As a ministry, counseling must be defined according to sound biblical theology rather than secular principles of psychology.
For over four decades, biblical theology has been at the core of the biblical counseling movement. Leaders in biblical counseling have emphasized a commitment to teaching doctrine in their counseling courses out of the conviction that good theology leads to good counseling…and bad theology leads to bad counseling.
A Theology of Biblical Counseling is a landmark new book that unpacks the core theological convictions that underlie sound counseling, and practical wisdom for counseling today. Dr. Heath Lambert shows how biblical counseling is rooted in the Scriptures while illustrating the real challenges counselors face today through true stories from the counseling room. A substantive textbook written in accessible language, it is an ideal resource for use in training biblical counselors at colleges, seminaries, and training institutes. In each chapter, doctrine comes to life in real ministry to real people, dramatically demonstrating how theology intersects with the lives of actual counselees.Learn More
Basic Theology: A Popular Systematic Guide to Understanding Biblical Truth
by Charles C. Ryrie
Everyone is a theologian of sorts. Theology simply means thinking about God and expressing those thoughts in some way. But sloppy theology is a problem.
As Christians, our thoughts about God need to coincide with what He has said about Himself in the Bible. With his clear understanding of the Scriptures and accessible writing style, Charles Ryrie has written Basic Theology for every student of God's Word, from the lay reader to the seminary student.
Within these pages, you'll find:
- A systematic overview of the Bible's major doctrines, including God, the Bible, the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, the church, Satan, sin, salvation, man, angels, demons, events to come, and more
- A glossary of theological terms
- A list of key Scripture passages for the study of theology
Featuring charts, definitions, and Scripture and subject indices, Basic Theology will give you a clear and comprehensive picture of Ryrie's approach to systematic theology. Its 94 chapters are arranged in outline style for easy reference. Considerable emphasis is given to explaining the dispensational view of the end times.Learn More
The Christian Counselor's Manual: The Practice of Nouthetic Counseling
by Jay E. Adams
The Christian Counselor’s Manual is a companion and sequel to the author’s influential Competent to Counsel. It takes the approach of nouthetic counseling introduced in the earlier volume and applies it to a wide range of issues, topics, and techniques in counseling: *Who is qualified to be a counselor? *How can counselees change? *How does the Holy Spirit work? *What role does hope play? *What is the function of language? *How do we ask the right questions? *What often lies behind depression? *How do we deal with anger? *What is schizophrenia? These and hundreds more questions are answered in this comprehensive resource for the Christian counselor. A full set of indexes, a detailed table of contents, and a full complement of diagrams and forms make this an outstanding reference book for Christian counselors.Learn More