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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic; 2 edition (Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830828524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830828524
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,040,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By VICTOR NGWAMADA on 8 Mar 2013
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I really enjoy reading it and it is very helpful for the assignment that I am doing, I will recommend it for student studying counselling and who need a Christian Appraisal of the matter
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This is an easy read yet makes clear both subtle and major differences between differing schools of thought. This work has helped me understand the complexities of an integrative, bibly sound, approach.
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Combines scholarly discussion with Biblical insights 7 Aug 2001
By Terry Portis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have just completed my classes for a doctorate in counseling psychology and have had dozens of books assigned as texts over the years. To be honest, most of them sit in one of my "backroom" bookcases. This book is one of the exceptions.
This work covers the major theories of pscyhotherapy and makes you feel like someone who has a firm grasp of them when you read it. The review from a Biblical viewpoint really gives you a lot to think about. The authors are also very objective, not showing favorites among the various schools of thought. This book is a must for every student and teacher of counseling and psychology.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Exceptional book for both Christian and Secular readers 3 April 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm a psychologist in training, and have many books reviewing various psychotherapies on my shelves, but this remains one of my favorite resources. It explores a number of therapeutic approaches, first by reviewing the thoughts of the approach's founder, then by discussing modern uses. These writeups are useful regardless of whether or not you're looking for a Christian view of the different approaches.
At the end of each chapter, there is a section discussing the approaches as they relate to foundational Biblical principles. This is not a text whose purpose is to spout opinions or dogma; it serves as a strong and rational look at the different aspects of each approach discussed. The reader will come away with a better understanding not only of modern psychotherapeutic approaches, but also with which aspects of those approaches are Biblical in nature, which aren't, and why. Particuarly useful for those building an integrative or electic foundation, or who wish to base their chosen orientation on Biblical principles.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Insightful Christian Perspectives on Psychotherapy 17 Feb 2001
By K. Eames - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent work that sifts through the truth and error of various theories of psychotherapy. Drs. Jones and Butman identify the theoretical perspective and analyze their basic tenets against the revealed truth of Scripture. As is often the case, there is both value and grievous error in most theoretical perspectives. I used this as an optional text in a class I taught on counseling theories, and found it to be an effective tool for learning. Dr Stanton Jones has published a number of respected articles in the area of psychology and theology, and this book reflects a depth of scholarship without undue density.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great Book 7 Jan 2012
By Jacob Sweeney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a new student of psychology and counseling, it can be overwhelming and confusing wading into the various ideologies and methods. What makes each one distinct? What does is contribute to the field? How does it interact with the Christian faith? Stanton Jones and Richard Butman have provided an excellent guide to the major psychotherapies with an assessment of each from a Christian point of view.

They explore Psychodynamic theories along with three others: Cognitive-Behavioral; Humanistic and Experiential; Systemic. The book ends with two chapters focused on moving toward a distinctly Christian psychology. I, personally, found the beginning chapters and concluding chapters to be the strongest and of the greatest benefit. They ably handle issues related to integration and a Christian theory of persons. It is essential for Christian counselors of all convictions to have a well-developed theory of persons. Without a comprehensive understanding of persons in all their complexity and the corresponding complexity of the effects of sin on a person, any therapy will be superficial, at best.

Their treatment of the major psychotherapies is fair and helpful. They explain the major issues quite well and without prejudice. Additionally, while it's clear that they have some misgivings about bible-only counseling, they do not spend their time taking shots at the movement. It would have taken away from this helpful work had they done that. Thankfully, they avoided this pitfall.

In its second edition, Jones and Butman have provided an essential tool for all pastors and lay-people interested in the subject and ministry of counseling. This is a helpful resource to which I will be turning often for insight and further study.

NOTE: In accordance with the regulations of the Federal Trade Commission I would like to state that I received a complementary copy of the aforementioned text for the purposes of review. I was not required to furnish a positive review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great text, dated citations 14 Feb 2012
By LPCJoAnna - Published on Amazon.com
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Great survey of history and basic categories of psychotherapies out there. Chapter 2, a Christian description of human personality is particularly useful for faith-based counselors. The second edition has been reviewed and updated, yet the bulk of the text seems to retain a very large number of dated references, citing research done in the 1980's or older. That's more than 20 years old, and somewhat concerning. Chapters are consistently structured with descriptions of philosophical assumptions, model of personality, health, abnormality, and therapy, followed by thoughtful Christian critique in response to each of these aspects of a particular theoretical orientation. Good value for price.
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