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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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Ryan Jankowski
May 06, 2015 Ryan Jankowski rated it really liked it
This is Crabb's second book written in '77. It is consistent with his current writings. I really enjoyed it and think it would be of benefit to most.
Sep 20, 2016 Benjamin rated it really liked it
Naturally, there is some friction in enjoying the book since it is so dated. I noticed a lot of other people commenting on that as well. However, I would like to say that this book was incredibly helpful **introducing** me to the meaning of counseling and its practice. In a very 1970's way, the book gives the teleology of biblical counseling and some tools in order to materialize that teleology.

Now, of course, the language of the book is tailored for the lay-counselor so it would be unfair to j
Anthony Russo
Aug 28, 2014 Anthony Russo rated it liked it
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
Mar 25, 2012 Apryl Anderson rated it really liked it
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
Nov 02, 2012 Bill rated it liked it
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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
Oct 14, 2007 David rated it really liked it
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
Oct 29, 2011 Jeff rated it really liked it
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
Andrew Buehner
Nov 05, 2012 Andrew Buehner rated it liked it
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.
Nov 03, 2012 Shera rated it liked it
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.
Aug 04, 2015 Daniel rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for any Christian who is pursuing counseling. It is even great for any Christina to read, just for insight into how to help others. It is not simply a book written for learned counsellors and professionals, but also to make layman counsellors within the Body as well. I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn how to help their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to be all He has called them to be. Plan to read more of his work.
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.
Oct 11, 2012 Martha rated it really liked it
I think this is a great book. Dr. Crabb offers a great concept for "Spoiling the Egyptians" for Christian Counselors to follow.
May 15, 2015 Kelli rated it really liked it
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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.
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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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“Preachers and counselors can spend their energy exhorting people to change their behavior. But the human will is not a free entity. It is bound to a person’s understanding. People will do what they believe. Rather than making a concerted effort to influence choices, preachers first need to be influencing minds. When a person understands who Christ is, on what basis he is worthwhile, and what life is all about, he has the formulation necessary for any sustained change in lifestyle. Christians who try to “live right” without correcting a wrong understanding about how to meet personal needs will always labor and struggle with Christianity, grinding out their responsible duty in a joyless, strained fashion. Christ taught that when we know the truth, we can be set free. We now are free to choose the life of obedience because we understand that in Christ we now are worthwhile persons. We are free to express our gratitude in the worship and service of the One who has met our needs.” 0 likes
“If I understand accountability, but not acceptability, I will live under pressure to behave well in order to be accepted. If I understand acceptability, but not accountability, I may become casually indifferent to sinful living. When I understand first my acceptability and then my accountability, I will be constrained to please the One who died for me, fearful that I might grieve Him, not wanting to, because I love Him.” 0 likes
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