The Minirth Guide for Christian Counselors combines, in a perfect balance, Bible and counseling. The book is full of biblical references and passages that the author uses to provide biblical support and to make this guide a very interesting and helpful book for Christian counselors and pastors in general.
The author’s main point in this book is that spiritual growth is a basic element in the process of recovery, and that Christians who are dealing with emotional or mental disorders would benefit from spiritual encouragement and development. Many Christian and non-Christian counselors would dispute that point while others would appeal to the many scientific researches and empirical evidences that support the benefits that holding the Christian faith has on individuals who are suffering emotional distress or any type of mental disorder.
The author begins by providing an overview about Christian counseling. He includes basic principles of Christian counseling, the parts of man and how they relate to Christian counseling, and some others introductory concept that help the reader to gain basic knowledge about Christian counseling. He continues by providing basic steps that may help the counselor in the process of reaffirming the Christian client on his or her faith. The author also presents seven pragmatic and biblical steps that he considers basic elements in Christian counseling.
The book is basically divided into two sections. The first one (pages 1-70) is devoted to practical counseling issues, while the second section (71-181) provides the counselor with tips, forms, and documents necessary for an organized counseling office. I found the second section to be very helpful since most of the resources included on that section are sometimes ignored by Master Degree programs and counseling schools.
The main weakness of this book is that it is not updated with the DSM-5. It is understandable if we consider that this book was published in 2003 and the DSM-5 was released in 2013, and many mental agencies are still in the process of integrating it into their systems. I hope this book will be revised, updated, and published again.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
In memory of Dr. Frank Minirth, an outstanding and brilliant psychotherapist, and a faithful Christian.