My reading of this book was more than just a search for information, I began my biblical counseling journey in 1997 in Philadelphia while the senior pastor of Burholme Baptist Church in Philly. I began taking courses at CCEF under Jay Adams and others. I remember his quote about why he did not wear a tie becuase “that is why men die younger than women die from choking Fast forward to 2009 when I attended his retirement in Spartanbutg SC at the NANC Conference. When we were offered an opportunity to have a picture taken with Jay I went wearing a tie and now in my library/prayer room is a photo of me and Jay with him seeking to pull my tie off..
This book by David Powlison is a must read for anyone in the counseling field including pastors, associates and elders. This 331 page book covers from 1960 into the present. Powlison chronicles the first comprehensive inside book on its history and presents to the reader an honest critique. He challenges biblical counselors and prospective newcomers.
As I read through the book, it occured to me that much of what I reading was part of my history. “I was there” when Jay taught us, “I was there” when mentored by John Bettler in my NANC certification, I heard John Broger’s Self Confrontation studies. In fact, I even taught his material in one of my churches.to laymen and women. “I was there” and attended back when Bill Goode led us in NANC Conference in Layfeyette IN. “I was there” attending CCEF Conferences to sharpen my skills with courses taught by Paul David Tripp and Tim Lane in Helping People Change and Changing Hearts Changing Lives by Paul David Tripp and David Powlison, Ed Welsh on Fear: Running Scared abd even a David Powlison seminar on Death and Dying.
So still counseling at 76 all this biblical preparation has blessed me and I encourage you to continue to become a life-long learner in a ministry of helping hurting hearts.
Also see te Journal of Biblical counseling on CD-Rom 1997-2005 and the new online Journal from CCEF.