As people of the world today seek to understand more about themselves, their struggles, and their emotional makeup, there are many competing voices seeking to answer those questions. And as secular psychology continues to make strides in narrowing all mental and psychological maladies into biological pathologies, there is less and less room left for Christians looking for counseling centered in biblical teaching.
A new comprehensive textbook, Biblical Counseling Basics (New Growth Press, 2018) offers the Bible as the preeminent resource to address even the most complex mental and emotional struggles. Author Jeremy Lelek, Phd, explores all aspects of biblical counseling, beginning by retracing the movement’s history, then outlining its basic tenets, and finally providing helpful insight for the future of biblical counseling.
“Since God first spoke to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, counseling has been a foundation of Christian life,” says Lelek, president of both the Association of Biblical Counselors and Metroplex Counseling and a licensed professional counselor in the state of Texas. “Vice versa, many of the most basic questions of psychology—who we are, why do we do what we do, and how do we change?—are informed by the Bible which speaks profoundly to each and every one.”
Biblical Counseling Basics draws from a wide range of resources and experts in Christian soul care. This book is a well-researched, easy-to-read and practical guide for students and counselors, both inside and outside of biblical counseling, to better understand its aspects, methods and goals. Helping to connect the dots between soul care and theology, Biblical Counseling Basics equips readers with practical skills for one-another ministry and engages them with their divine call to counsel. Including real life, complex case studies, readers are encouraged to apply theology to current issues and the here and now needs of others. Also offering a way forward, Biblical Counseling Basics encourages counselors in their use of the Bible as central to their practices and development.
Paul Tripp says, “Lelek’s book does what no other biblical counseling book does. It gives you a helpful history, it defines what it really means to counsel biblically, and it offers guidance for the future of soul care. If you have been called to care for people, this book should be in your library.”