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Forty years ago a concerned pastor, who had been intimidated by psychological counseling theories and therapies, boldly proclaimed that pastors, elders, and lay leaders were competent and better equipped to minister to their own people struggling with problems than professionals in the secular therapeutic realm.
Jay Adams laid out his claim in the book Competent to Counsel. Adams is a counselor, writer, pastor, and the founder of the Institute for Nouthetic Studies.
Competent to Counsel, written in , is his most well-known book, though by no means his only work on the subject of Nouthetic counseling. His own failure at counseling one of his church attendees led him to seek to be a better and more effective counselor to those who seek him out as pastor.
Life altering experiences such as teaching practical theology and Westminster Theological Seminary, working with Christian psychologist O. In Competent to Counsel Adams explains that practices of modern psychoanalysis are self-defeating because they are based on the assumption that man can heal himself, right his own wrongs, and change his own behaviors.
However, the Bible teaches the believer than man is depraved and sinful from birth and has no means within himself to change this fact. Therefore, Adam argues, that apart from the work of the Holy Spirit counseling, convicting, and renewing a person, man has no hope of escape from his problems, hence the need for nouthetic counseling. Nouthetic counseling is biblical counseling.
Nouthetic counseling also relies on the fact that true, life-changing, healing, counseling must be done by the Holy Spirit, that no man can change himself or another. While a pastor or counselor guides, admonishes, teaches, or rebukes another according to the truths of the Scripture, only the Holy Spirit can affect any true lasting change.
Adams also challenges the indoctrination of our culture that believes that only those properly trained in psychological disciplines are capable of counseling those with severe problems. This humanistic philosophy has been proven wrong in the fact that the world and man have not gotten better since the advent of psychology, but in fact has gotten worse.
He lists what these gifts and training encompass as well as suggesting methods as to how they may put their calling into action within the counseling process. While definitely not a new idea, since the advent of psychoanalysis, the role of pastor as counselor had been relegated to the back burner. I applaud Adams for having the courage to sound the wake-up call to Christian ministers everywhere. This book is insightful, thought provoking and convicting. Pastors need to realize that part of their calling is to walk beside the sheep, protect them, correct them, teach them, and guide them into all truth through the application of the Bible in everyday life.
It is the calling and the privilege of the pastor to shepherd the flock and not abdicate his or her role to the wolves waiting outside the gate. Jay Adams, in Competent to Counsel, has shepherded the shepherds in the area of biblical counseling and their personal responsibilities to their flock. This book is not well organized and does not give great supports for it's arguments. It is true to the subtitle "an introduction Many of the concepts are good and could be substantive if only they were organized and substantive.
It's like a rough draft and the follow-up book is the finished product. I've read many review singing praises of this book. But as a professional, a student and educator, this book just does not hold up. The follow-up book is much better organized and the concepts are better explained It is a much better read and will give you a clearer, organized understanding of what the author calls "Nouthetic Counseling".
One person found this helpful. Jay's book provides a perspective written during the early days of the nouthetic counseling movement. His optimism concerning the nouthetic model is evident and reflects the viewpoint of one who feels he has found the cure of a fatal disease. The last forty plus years have tested his thesis clarifying some of its strengths and defining some of its weaknesses.
Competent to Counsel: Introduction to Nouthetic Counseling and millions of other books . Manual: The Practice of Nouthetic Counseling (Jay Adams Library). +. Editorial Reviews. From the Publisher. %This is a classic in the field of Christian counseling. Competent to Counsel: Introduction to Nouthetic Counseling (Jay Adams Library) - Kindle edition by Jay E. Adams. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note.
Nouthetic counseling in a Christian context can be helpful if it is accomplished with balance and wisdom. It cannot stand alone. Parakaletic counseling, taking on the pain and suffering of another to enable healing, must also be part of the Christian counseling formula to balance the confrontational mode of the nouthetic model. Together the two elements complement each other providing the counselee with love and support and the challenge to radically change behavior. Jay writes clearly enough for the non professional, and includes many examples of real counseling experiences in support of his thesis.
As noted the weak point of that thesis is that is incomplete by itself and fails to include the parakaletic aspect. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. So I got this book as a part of the " basic intro to christian counseling, self pac " series. The information this book has is pretty good and I'm glad I read it , there was one or two things that I slightly dissagree with , but it was still good to hear another person's view, so that you can know how other people feel about certain issues.
I will say this: This book did teach me a few good points about what , and what not to do when talking to someone about their problems , but it didn't have nearly as much info as a book this size should have offered in my opinion. I feel as though it could have been summed up in a book a quarter of the size.
But over all its still pretty good. I did not appreciate how little he talked about how to actually move on from problems , I can sum up the whole book by saying , " people in need of counseling are those who have 'unsolved personal problems ' they need to realize that is sin , repent , confess and move on. Sorry for the long review, I'm not good at short and sweet! Keep following God in your counseling path!
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Rather than focusing on technique and procedures, it focuses on the biblical mandate to help one another and the encouragement and basic principles for Christian leaders and lay people to train themselves to counsel biblically. But to seize it demands courage and forthrightness. Books On The Green. This was pretty good. An Enemy, not a Friend.
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