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Language of Counseling



Since the world has its jargon, it is time that Christian counselors use biblical language when counseling. Too many unwittingly fail to do so. In this book, you will learn how to use language that represents rather than misrepresents the truth of God. Using the world’s language no only confuses and misleads counselees, it dishonors God by distorting His truth.

  • Explores the role of language in counseling
  • Addresses the origin and function of language
  • Examines how to use language that represents rather than misrepresents the truth of God
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • The Origin and Function of Language
  • Some Guiding Principles
  • Labeling
  • The Counselor’s Language
  • The Counselee’s Language
  • A Personal Improvement Plan

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using Overview tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Jay E. Adams

Jay E. Adams A.B., B.D., S.T.M., Ph.D. (1929-2020) served as a pastor, church planter, denominational executive, seminary professor, author, and lecturer. He taught homiletics at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and was the Director of Advanced Studies at Westminster Seminary in California. He was the founder of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF), the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (formerly NANC), and the Institute for Nouthetic Studies (INS). He was the author of over 100 books including the best seller Competent to Counsel which launched the modern biblical counseling movement. He was the recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor awarded by the State of South Carolina.



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  1. Glenn Crouch

    Glenn Crouch


    I hadn’t read any of this Author prior to this, so as a pastor I thought I would give him a try - and I liked the title and description for this little book. Whilst I agree with a number (if not most) of the points the Author makes concerning language, I found it difficult to like a book that without any evidence makes a bold statement such as Alcoholism is a “fictional disease” (p51). His approach seems too legalistic for my tastes and seems bordering on dangerous with how dismissive it is of modern psychology and medicine when it comes to the struggles people have. At other times the Author seems to prove an argument by quoting himself (as in another book he wrote). Perhaps I am missing something, but I don’t feel inclined to read more from this author...