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Psychobabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology--And the Biblical Alternative

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From Bestselling author Dr. Richard Ganz! Why is it that many evangelical preachers shout from the pulpit about God's power, but then shuffle their emotionally troubled members off to the closest therapist? Both church leaders and laypersons seem to believe that the psychological "experts" have the answers for the wounded hearts and souls of God's people. And when churches ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 15th 2014 by Rich Ganz Ministries (first published June 15th 1993)
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The subtitle of this book, "The Failure of Modern Psychology - And the Biblical Alternative," says it all. The intriguing perspective of Psychobabble is derived from a man who began his career in secular psychology and ended up as a pastor practicing nouthetic biblical counseling. Ganz uses his personal experience to offer a look at both sides of the counseling coin.

As someone who comes from a similar background (although I never went past a Bachelor's degree in secular psychology), I found it
Dec 03, 2013 David rated it liked it
Shelves: worldview
I saw the book on a friend's shelf and was intrigued by the title. I wasn't disappointed. Ganz's thesis is that the majority of professional counseling out there is not based on scripture, but based on secular philosophical assumptions. And when counselors are working to help people yet do not have a proper understanding of the reality of the human heart, the are bound to fail.

It boils down to having the proper view of reality. Man is made by God in the image of God, yet has a sinful nature. We
Oct 08, 2007 Lori rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology, psychology
Ganz, a successful psychologist converts to Chritianity and a few months later he teaches a patient about Christ who gets saved and is healed of his "mental illness." The man didn't speak for years and is suddenly talking and sharing Christ with others. Was his boss happy that this man was healed? No, he was upset that Ganz shared his faith. Ganz soon realizes there is a conflict between Psychology and Christianity. Today he is a Christian counselor who teaches courses on Biblical psychology and ...more
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Apr 03, 2015 Isaac Barton rated it really liked it
Not perfect and a bit dated in several places. Still you'd be hard pressed to find a better 150 pages to read to get to the heart of the concerns that drive biblical counseling.
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Jul 11, 2010 L. R. Bouligny Bouligny rated it really liked it
Good review of the confusion of the modern psychotherapy movement. When you begin with an unbiblical diagnosis of something, you end with an unbiblical (and incorrect) solution. These men have a misguided anthropology, and from that, attempt to help the tormented soul with all sorts of ridiculous behavioral counseling. The real answer in our day of course, is, fill the person with a panoply of pills until something makes them feel better. If only the person would recognize his state of confusion ...more
Sep 10, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Very thought provoking
Grayson Gilbert
Mar 03, 2015 Grayson Gilbert rated it it was amazing
Good, introductory book, on the appeal to nouthetic counseling.
Jul 15, 2008 Homeschoolmama rated it liked it
When I first read this book I was a bit defensive, having been a psych major myself. But Ganz was a psychologist for many years before he became a pastor. What he says makes a lot of sense. Now I'm a fan.
Apr 07, 2008 Larry rated it did not like it
the author has little or no understanding of what real psychology is and is cashing in on fundamentalist fears. much of the book is simply wrong
Nov 20, 2008 Heidi marked it as to-read
"This book will arm believers looking for Scriptural answers to the hurts of a broken world."
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