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Monday, January 7, 2013

PsychoBabble by Richard Ganz

PsychoBabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology and the Biblical Alternative
Richard Ganz

Product Details
  1. Paperback: 173 pages
  1. Publisher: Crossway Books
  1. Language: English
  1. Date of reading: September 10, 2012

Point: Although secular psychology has been adopted by a majority of our culture, it fails to give the hope and help that Biblical counseling does. Every believer should be able to counsel each other with the truths from God’s Word.

Path:  Richard Ganz shows through his own testimony of being a psychologist and then Biblical counselor the differences between the two. He gives a brief description of the founders and theories of psychology. Woven throughout the book are helpful examples and case studies of how the Bible is sufficient to change the lives of believers.

Agreement:  This book is easy to read and helpful in understanding the different theories of secular psychology. Ganz shows how it is often easier for people to accept psychology than the truths of God’s Word because when we look into God’s Word we are shown our sin and no longer comfortable with the way that we are living, where most often in psychology we are taught that we can shift blame to others or that the way in which we are living is acceptable. 
Ganz is right on when he talks about the importance of a Biblical local church having a great deal to do with change in people’s lives. There is loving confrontation and help and accountability among the believers. We should all be prepared to counsel others rather than thinking that we need to send people to the “professionals.”

Personal App: How often do I feel like the Bible is not enough for life’s daily struggles and I look to find something more? 

Stars: 4 out of 5

It would be worth another read and I would recommend it.

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