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.
Competent to Counsel: Introduction to Nouthetic Counselingby Jay E. Adams
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
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
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Finally finished this one. Such a great book. In Competent co Counsel, Jay Adams covers so much territory in this groundbreaking book from 1970. Still a go-to resource for counselors today and still considered the primer and often the textbook to the nouthetic school of counseling. It all started here. I feel as though Adams books that followed C2C simply unpack all of the topics he introduced in this one. If there ever was a dismantling of the secular approaches to counseling, psychiatry, psychoanalysis and psychology, this is it. Freud, Rogers and others have no where to hide and their false views of humanity, problems and solutions are thoroughly unmasked in Competent to Counsel. After these humanistic systems are exposed and toppled, Adams then lays proof for a Biblically centered, Biblically driven approach to counseling and the solving of human problems. Adams’ work is in depth, direct, clear and toe-crunching at times! He writes with such plain style and explains things so well, making this material very accessible to most all Christians. His love for the Scriptures and commitment to keep them in the forefront of all he thinks, says and does is commendable and encouraging. Adams is often characterized as a narrow minded and stubborn over-spiritualizer who is unwilling to bend on his views. But a fair and full reading of works like this will prove this to be nothing more than a caricature. For instance: “I am willing to refine my position if I have gone too far. I want to alter any or all of what I have written provided that I can be shown to be wrong biblically.” (page 269) “Yes, nouthetic counselors fail.” (page 56) “Not all sickness [is] related to particular sin” (page 108) Adams’ states his thesis on page 18 (at least in my copy): “The thesis of this book is that qualified Christian counselors properly trained in the Scriptures are competent to counsel – more competent than psychiatrists or anyone else.” If this book is anything else, it is at the very least, an encouragement to all Christians. An encouragement to know God’s word, know that God’s word speaks to all of the problems we create with our sin and to know that we can all counsel one another through these problems toward biblical solutions that will glorify God and be for our greatest good.
Very good book for the chritian counselor
After being subjected to domestic abuse for many years, I went to my church for help. They sent me to Nouthetic counseling and it was a complete nightmare. They did not address the issues that I dealt with which were legitimate fear, and later diagonosed, PTSD. I believe their main thrust was to guilt me into taking down boundaries that I had set up to protect myself and children from my abuser by trying to convince me how sorry he was. I finally had to walk away after spending several thousand dollars on Nouthetic counseling because it bacame obvious to me, they do not know what to do in a domestic violence situation. They made matters worse. Whereas my abuser was willing to negotiate a divorce settlement prior to counseling, after three counseling sessions, he was empowered and began threatening my life. See an accurate review of this book and Nouthetic counseling at Jeff Crippen's website crying out for justice. Type Nouthetic counseling in the search. When will the church wake up and stop sending domestic violence victims to this dangerous counseling? Probably only after someone is killed and a lawsuit is filed-I can see that is a real possibility. I filed a complaint with the state professional liscensing board, and suggest that anyone subjected to an incompetant Nouthetic counseling service do the same.