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Effective Biblical Counseling: A Model for Helping Caring Christians Become Capable Counselors

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In Effective Biblical Counseling, Gold Medallion Award-winning author Dr. Larry Crabb presents a model of counseling that can be gracefully integrated into the functioning of the local church. He asserts that counseling is simply a relationship between people who care and that its goal is to free people to better worship and serve God. This book will show you how to help p ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published June 1st 1977 by Zondervan (first published 1977)
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Anthony F Russo
Right in the first paragraph of the Introduction, Crabb had my interest. Crabb writes:

My purpose in writing this volume is to think through a model of counseling which can be gracefully integrated into the functioning of the local church. In my view, any approach to counseling which is truly biblical will work most effectively when carried out in the context of the local body of believers.

His "Spoiling the Egyptians" approach (I won't explain where the name comes from) basically is to take the b
Apryl Anderson
I thoroughly respect Dr Crabb's insight, knowledge and wisdom, so reading this early work (1977) added to my own understanding. It wasn't an easy read, as he was still more of a clinical psychologist at that point. There was a lot of justification over why the layperson needs to step up as preliminary counselor. It seems to me that's a well-established fact by now--at least, I hope so.

pp.13-14, "Effective (Christian) body life however produces its own problems. When Christians begin to experienc
Having been written in 1977 and still being used today as an accurate resource for Christian/biblical counseling, it is safe to assume the content of the book is fantastic. I wholeheartedly concur, if your focus is Christian/biblical counseling. I do not see how his theory/technique of "Spoiling the Egyptians" can be successfully implemented in a non-Christian counseling environment or with a non-Christian client, particularly if the client has expressed their disinterest in integrating theology ...more
My first assigned reading for my program: I found it chock full of useful information, a great resource for a beginning counselor, if not for the excessive "Biblical" part.
Crabb's book covers the basics of Christian counseling for laypeople and pastors. Crabb's writing is accessible, concise and practical. Crabb is fairly balanced in his overall view of psychology and the balance between medication and counseling. However, because of his audience this book focuses on counseling techniques and practices which non-professional counselors would find helpful. Crabb's approach to counseling, as advertised in the title, emphasizes heavily the role of the Bible, prayer, ...more
The authors model of counseling mainly consists of identifying how people are trying to address their need for purpose or security apart from Christ. Is someone acting out due to a lack of acceptance from another person? I like how the author seeks to identify what needs are being met or not met through the person's actions and changing thoughts. Sometimes actions have to precede emotions. I did wonder if how you would ethically counseling using this model if the person didn't believe in the Bib ...more
Clearing up the confusion about Biblical counseling
Crabb creats a very biblical theoretical framework for the person. The book however is very geared toward church ministries and the Christian counselor. Some of his thoughts could be hard to be used in secular settings. However, it always helps to read something so rich and text that identifies what man is, how we operate, etc. If you are a Christian counselor it is great to read this book and to see how Crabb creates "the peron" as children of Christ.
Andrew Buehner
This books' central idea is that one's thinking must be changed in order to have any impact on one's inputs of significance and security. Dr. Crabb explains that he believes there are four approaches to integration. He advocates for the last view of "Spoiling the Egyptians." This is a viewpoint of taking from the field of psychology that which will be helpful, but not in conflict of a Christian worldview.
Ryan Fisher
So this book took me a pretty long time to read because the first half was painful... the second half was a lot more applicable and in that regard better. There were some useful concepts in this book but overall Crabb seems to advocate a view of pastoral counseling that relies on way too many sessions to be useful in most ministry situations.
Nice overview of various theories.
I think this is a great book. Dr. Crabb offers a great concept for "Spoiling the Egyptians" for Christian Counselors to follow.
Intro to Counseling textbook. Found it very interesting, it had a lot of good things to say.
decent enough book on counseling methods
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Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, conference and seminar speaker, Bible teacher, popular author, and founder/director of NewWay Ministries. In addition to various other speaking and teaching opportunities, Dr. Crabb offers a weekend conference throughout the country entitled Life on the Narrow Road and a week-long School of Spiritual Direction held in Colorado Springs, CO. He currently ...more
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