All personal ministry of the Word spoken into people’s lives begins with theology because all discipleship and counseling, no matter the stripe, come from one’s theology. It might be right or wrong theology based on the individual counselor but it all flows from our theology.
Heath Lambert carries on the tradition of Jay Adams (see Theology of Christian Counseling) in seeking to root our discipleship and counseling in right theology. In this work Lambert establishes counseling as not only theological but also practical and sufficient to helping people change. He organizes the book according to the classic categories of systematic theology and weaves throughout each chapter counseling principles, practices, and case studies that illustrate for the reader how one could use each category in their personal ministry of the Word with their counselees. What is evident throughout is the strong foundation of the Sufficiency of Scripture held by Lambert and the biblical counseling community which roots this book in the Scriptures and makes it profitable for training in one’s personal ministry of the Word to others.
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Book Review By: Jeremy Stephens