Presented to Dr. Mark Myers
In partial fulfillment of the requirements of
Theology and Spirituality in Counseling
SUMMARY The book entitled Effective Biblical Counseling by Dr. Larry Crabb is a guide for ministers, counselors, and lay leaders in the church. It is a vital resource to use when counseling people about their problems. Dr. Crabb uses insights gained from practical application and years of studying people and their reactions to treatment. This resource helps the reader make proper application by understanding the true nature of their desires. The following analysis is a review of Dr. Crabb’s book and the useful information it provides for all those that are willing to read and apply the information presented.
Primary Goal The primary goal of this book is to encourage the reader to change how they strive to assess the counselee during a session. In psychology, the pursuit to make people happy is the underlying theme. Dr. Crabb advised his readers that this is impossible without the understanding that true happiness is reached through becoming more like Christ. Happiness is achieved by growing closer to Christ and growing the relationship you have with Him. The author explains that men are striving for significance and women for security. This is the basis for their achievements and they are driven by the things that bring significance and security. Dr. Crabb advises that in order for true change to take place for the counselee, they must not simply change their actions, but to change their assumptions on what helps them achieve significance and security. By doing so, we can help the counselee solve their troubles and learn to prosper for the rest of their lives by living in a true relationship with Christ.
Bibliography: Beck, J. R. (2008). Emotion as an Integrative Topic: An Analysis of Faithful Feelings. Journal of Pyschology and Theology, 53-57. Crabb, D. L. (1977). Effective Biblical Counseling, A Model for Helping Caring Christians Become Capable Counselors. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. Entwistle, D. N. (2010). Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity. Eugene: Cascade Books. Kollar, C. A. (2011). Solution-Focused Pastoral Counseling. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.