• M Taylor posted an update 5 months, 1 week ago

    “Grace Based Counseling” by Richard Fowler and Natalie Ford is an excellent read in integrating biblical and psychiatric concepts into the counseling process. Whether a pastor, church worker, volunteer, etc., the Christian believer may at some point encounter a counseling situation for someone who needs biblical insights into their situation. Around 230 pages, the book addresses such topics as:

    – Being able to counsel ethically from a biblical viewpoint.

    – 5 areas of grace-based counseling.

    – Having a biblical viewpoint in the counseling process.

    – Delivering biblical truth in a graceful way.

    – Differences between biblical and worldly wisdom.

    – Applying the grace-based model to counseling.

    – Causes for depression.

    – Different categories of suffering.

    What I liked about the book:

    – Good mix of biblical insights and practical application.

    – Good emphasis on not compromising on biblical truth while practicing grace and love towards the counselee.

    – Like the flow from chapter to chapter.

    – Book was relatively easy to read and understand (church staff and laypeople can understand what’s being discussed).

    I have read enough of the book to know this is a good title. Will be read more deeply and slowly in the future. Recommended. I was given a review copy by Moody Publishers in exchange for a fair review and appreciate the opportunity.