Here are two reviews of biblical counseling booklets that I read and used recently.
Problems: Solving Them God’s Way
Jay Adams. Problems: Solving Them God’s Way. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, September 2nd, 2012. 32 pp.
This is a short booklet ideal for Pastors counseling a member in his congregation. I enjoyed this booklet since it lays out the principles for dealing with problems in general; there are place for specialize books and booklets for counseling but sometimes it is important to step back and ask what are sound biblical principles for various situations. To that end I appreciated this book since the author Jay Adams provides an eight point procedure in addressing issues. These are God-centered and practical. He gave a few examples of the eight point procedure being applied to concrete examples. The biggest take away for me was how Jay Adams taught that there are problems we are meant to solve and other problems that are beyond our control and are not meant for us to solve. This was helpful. Equally helpful was the booklet making the distinction between the two kinds of problems we are supposed to solve: Those that we brought upon ourselves and those that was thrust upon us. This would be a good book to have a counselee go through in working on the bigger issue of problem solving and not just a specific problem.
Conflict: A Redemptive Opportunity
Timothy Lane. Conflict: A Redemptive Opportunity. Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, July 1st, 2006. 20 pp.
I had our church’s couple’s group go over this booklet. I appreciate the author’s attempt to construct a biblical view of conflict that approached conflict as a redemptive opportunity. I feel often times counseling booklets are either really good or they were okay but weren’t necessarily that profound or life changing. During my first reading I felt this booklet would be in the category of being biblical but wasn’t as profound. After I went through this booklet again and reviewed what I highlighted I think it was much more helpful than I first thought. I thought the best part of this booklet was the author’s discussion of how to properly diagnosed what one’s problem truly is in a conflict; and secondly I thought the discussion of three ungodly strategies towards conflict to be helpful. I think this booklet would be a great asset for counseling or discipleship, including pre-marital counseling.