Book Review / January 6, 2020
Book Review - Counseling

Counseling

How to Counsel Biblically
By: John F. MacArthur Jr., Wayne A. Mack

Book Reivew

This book covers the basics of biblical counseling. If you believe in the sufficiency of the Bible to handle all of life issues, you will appreciate the perspective of this book. I agree with the basic perspective; however, I see several drawbacks to the book. Some of the drawbacks are:

  • There was a lot of overlap as the book seems to be almost a collection of essays.
  • There is an extra layer of dogmatism that I feel is unnecessary and hurtful to trying to restore people biblically.
  • There is a lot of missed opportunity for helpful nuance in dealing with the world of psychology while at the same time continuing to be faithful to the Scriptures. The subtitle of this book could almost be, "A case for why there is nothing good in psychology and why it goes directly against the Bible. And, I know many would say, "That is absolutely correct!" My opinion is that is actually unnecessarily harmful. I have read many other biblical counseling books that do a better job with this.

I do appreciate several things about this book as well:

  • There is an extensive list of books and resources at the end as well as some other helpful resources.
  • I appreciate the extensive end notes.
  • I appreciated the attention given to the history of biblical counseling.
Book Review / Jan 6
Book Review - Counseling

Counseling

How to Counsel Biblically
By: John F. MacArthur Jr., Wayne A. Mack

Book Reivew

This book covers the basics of biblical counseling. If you believe in the sufficiency of the Bible to handle all of life issues, you will appreciate the perspective of this book. I agree with the basic perspective; however, I see several drawbacks to the book. Some of the drawbacks are:

  • There was a lot of overlap as the book seems to be almost a collection of essays.
  • There is an extra layer of dogmatism that I feel is unnecessary and hurtful to trying to restore people biblically.
  • There is a lot of missed opportunity for helpful nuance in dealing with the world of psychology while at the same time continuing to be faithful to the Scriptures. The subtitle of this book could almost be, "A case for why there is nothing good in psychology and why it goes directly against the Bible. And, I know many would say, "That is absolutely correct!" My opinion is that is actually unnecessarily harmful. I have read many other biblical counseling books that do a better job with this.

I do appreciate several things about this book as well:

  • There is an extensive list of books and resources at the end as well as some other helpful resources.
  • I appreciate the extensive end notes.
  • I appreciated the attention given to the history of biblical counseling.
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