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How to Help People Change: The Four-Step Biblical Process
     

How to Help People Change: The Four-Step Biblical Process

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by Jay E. Adams
 

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“While touching on many aspects of counseling, this book . . . is specifically designed to elucidate the process of counseling. I have often mentioned and illustrated that process, but not in the focused and systemic way that the four-step biblical process is set forth here. . . . This book presents a fresh perspective not only on how to counsel, but also on

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“While touching on many aspects of counseling, this book . . . is specifically designed to elucidate the process of counseling. I have often mentioned and illustrated that process, but not in the focused and systemic way that the four-step biblical process is set forth here. . . . This book presents a fresh perspective not only on how to counsel, but also on what measures to take at what stages of counseling.”—Jay Adams, from the preface Change is the essential goal of the counseling process. And, in the author’s words, “substantial change requires the alteration of the heart.” How can a Christian counselor facilitate such change? The answer, of course, may be found in Scripture, specifically in 2 Timothy 3:14–17. Jay Adams is a well-known counselor who bases his whole approach on Scripture. This book provides an unparalleled opportunity to see how he discovers and applies biblical principles as well as the way in which Scripture functions as the basis for his counseling approach. This book answers two questions: “How does a counselor help people change?” and, “How does Scripture provide the source of a counselor’s method?” How to Help People Change has much to say about the ongoing discussion of the relationship between theology and psychology in the enterprise of Christian counseling.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310511816
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
07/01/1986
Series:
Jay Adams Library
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
296,971
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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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How to Help People Change: The Four-Step Biblical Process 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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paulDare 10 months ago
I almost don't like this title since it could communicate that I'm reading a book that focuses on other's issues instead of mine. But in reality, I read Adams' book for myself first and foremost. Any help I might be able to give to others comes out of applying these things to my own life first. That said, this is another excellent resource from the library of Jay Adams. Adams basically exegetes 2 Timothy 3:16: "All Scripture is profitable for teaching, conviction, correction and disciplined training in righteousness" (Adam's translation) He sees in this passage a progressive four step process for helping someone, ensnared in sinful thinking and behavior, transition to corrected, holy living. We must teach the truth, we must be convicted of our ways that do not align with the truth, we must correct our wrong ways and then we must, after having 'put off' sinful ways, now 'put on' new habits (AKA: Disciplined training in righteousness). We can't skip any of these steps and we can't do them out of order. Adams is thorough, as in all of his books, in not only debunking the false approaches to helping people change, but also in laying out the way God has provided in His Word. You will be greatly helped, in your own life, by this book. And if you are a counselor, this will give you a great paradigm to work through with counselees. Great resource. Highly recommend it.
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