I really enjoyed the format of this book. Each of the three contributors offers their theory of how the New Testament writers make use of the Old TestI really enjoyed the format of this book. Each of the three contributors offers their theory of how the New Testament writers make use of the Old Testament scriptures. After each of the three main essays, the other two contributors respond to it. This easily allows the differences and similarities between viewpoints to be brought out and contrasted. I won't get into the viewpoints themselves (at least at this point) but this is a very helpful book for establishing the dilemma of the NT use of the OT and for getting an understanding of some of the more common solutions to this dilemma. It is by no means exhaustive but will likely whet one's appetite for future study of this important topic. ...more
The subtitle of this book, "The Failure of Modern Psychology - And the Biblical Alternative," says it all. The intriguing perspective of PsychobabbleThe 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 interesting to read Ganz's analysis of the field and his instruction about the more effective, honest and God-honoring method of biblical counseling. Ganz writes, "Without a biblical view of man, I was unable to understand the significance and value of man, his desperate condition, and the way out."
This book has some really good instruction for evaluating some methods and presuppositions of secular psychology and re-framing them to be consistent with the truth of God's word. It cautions against introspective self-analysis (and the pursuit of self-knowledge), blame-shifting psychoanalysis, faulty communication and merely "putting off" sinful behavior (without also "putting on" the opposite righteous behavior). Ganz holds the Bible up as "uncompromising and unbending in its moral boundaries" and "an entirely trustworthy, sure, and solid standard for behavior." Human problems should be measured against this standard and the provisions that the Bible details regarding our nature and the grace and mercy of the cross should be employed.
I liked this book but found it to be fairly basic. I was impacted by some of the insight and especially learned from the chapter about the Will. This book is easy to read and nicely divided. Some chapters were more elementary than others, but, overall, I appreciated the way he tied biblical theology to practical instruction and everyday life experiences. I would especially recommend this book to someone struggling with the differences between secular psychology and biblical counseling. It would probably be helpful for someone already trained in biblical counseling to see how the world is handling these problems, although a strong theological background would naturally be a antidote to faulty secular reasoning even without the comparisons laid out in this book. ...more