"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.