How to Help People Change: The Four-Step Biblical Process
by Jay E. Adams
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 t...more
Paperback, 203 pages
Published July 15th 1986 by Zondervan
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It is apparent that Adams is a pioneer in Christian counseling if not for any other reason than his plethora of books written (of which he is very obviously proud of as he references them on numerous occasion) on the subject. He subscribes to the premise described by Dr. Larry Crabb as "Nothing Buttery" - absolutely nothing but Scripture is necessary to counsel and that there is nothing within secular psychology that is of value to the Christian counselor. He breaks down his concept of nouthetic...more
Saying that his premise is biblically directed really had my hopes up for this book. Aside from saying that I believe that the Bible is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction , for instruction in righteousness is about as far as I agree with Adams. I do not agree with his premise that Christians can not counsel unbelievers (who did Jesus say that the physician is for?), nor with most of his theology. I believe that the Scripture has the ability to...more
Simple and useful. Adams works through II Timothy 3:14-17 to discern a framework for helping people change, moving from teaching to conviction to correction to training in righteousness. Much good and helpful material, at a Sunday school level. One note, though: if you do not know the definition of the word "milieu", you will be at a loss for a large portion of the book. Study that word, and know it well, and you will be prepared for any of the fifty-three times it appears.