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Where should Christians go to heal the deep hurts in their hearts? Today’s search for inner fulfillment has exploded into the Recovery movement, complete with twelve-step seminars, counseling programs, and self-help books. Thousands are looking to Christian psychology to help them attain victory over modern dysfunctions. Does that mean the Bible alone is no longer adequate f Where should Christians go to heal the deep hurts in their hearts? Today’s search for inner fulfillment has exploded into the Recovery movement, complete with twelve-step seminars, counseling programs, and self-help books. Thousands are looking to Christian psychology to help them attain victory over modern dysfunctions. Does that mean the Bible alone is no longer adequate for the problems faced by Christians today? Some say we need the Bible plus psychology. Others say the Bible alone is sufficient. With deep insight and candor, pastoral counselor Ed Bulkley presents the opposing sides of this issue—and offers trustworthy, biblical answers for those who long to break away from pain and guilt and know true freedom…genuine inner peace…and a fresh beginning. The pressures to find the solutions to human hurt and suffering have never been greater. Clear answers are urgently needed for the hurting—today.


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Where should Christians go to heal the deep hurts in their hearts? Today’s search for inner fulfillment has exploded into the Recovery movement, complete with twelve-step seminars, counseling programs, and self-help books. Thousands are looking to Christian psychology to help them attain victory over modern dysfunctions. Does that mean the Bible alone is no longer adequate f Where should Christians go to heal the deep hurts in their hearts? Today’s search for inner fulfillment has exploded into the Recovery movement, complete with twelve-step seminars, counseling programs, and self-help books. Thousands are looking to Christian psychology to help them attain victory over modern dysfunctions. Does that mean the Bible alone is no longer adequate for the problems faced by Christians today? Some say we need the Bible plus psychology. Others say the Bible alone is sufficient. With deep insight and candor, pastoral counselor Ed Bulkley presents the opposing sides of this issue—and offers trustworthy, biblical answers for those who long to break away from pain and guilt and know true freedom…genuine inner peace…and a fresh beginning. The pressures to find the solutions to human hurt and suffering have never been greater. Clear answers are urgently needed for the hurting—today.

30 review for Why Christians Can't Trust Psychology

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lacey Michael

    This book was required reading for a biblical counseling class I'm taking. Bulkley split each chapter into an informational/educational essay then each chapter segued into a fictional narrative illustrating his previous points. He systematically shows how incompatible modern psychology is with the Bible and he does so thoroughly; delving into the history, inconsistencies and critiques of psychology. He is against integration of the two methods. The last quarter of the book mostly focuses on what This book was required reading for a biblical counseling class I'm taking. Bulkley split each chapter into an informational/educational essay then each chapter segued into a fictional narrative illustrating his previous points. He systematically shows how incompatible modern psychology is with the Bible and he does so thoroughly; delving into the history, inconsistencies and critiques of psychology. He is against integration of the two methods. The last quarter of the book mostly focuses on what Biblical counseling actually is. While I appreciated Dr. Bulkley's heart and passion, (it is obvious he has spent years in this field, dedicating his time and energy to helping people) I struggled with his overall tone. The book had an urgent, hyped up feel; he seemed fed up with the wreckage that psychology has left in it's wake and his incredulity came through his writing. Several of his examples seemed culled from the fringes of psychology- perhaps not the usual. I say this cautiously because it was only my impression. I realize Dr. Bulkley does not stand alone in his critiques and I know close to nothing. Yet, I still found it more on the offensive side. In conjuncture with the other books I am reading I can see why it is a needed component to our education. I just wouldn't recommend this book to someone casually interested in biblical counseling; I would be concerned the tone would turn them away.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Peter Bringe

    Pretty good critique of modern psychology from a Christian perspective (arguing that they are incompatible and opposed to each other).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Well written, persuasive, and soaked with Biblical references and arguments. Bulkley takes a very hard line on the use of psychology in the Christian life and society, emphasising the sufficiency of Scripture and Christ in providing the solutions we all need for life as sinful and hurting people. Although the narrative sections were interesting, they were sometimes on the nose and may open Bulkley up to accusations of appealing to emotion. Overall, a great introduction for me into the world of b Well written, persuasive, and soaked with Biblical references and arguments. Bulkley takes a very hard line on the use of psychology in the Christian life and society, emphasising the sufficiency of Scripture and Christ in providing the solutions we all need for life as sinful and hurting people. Although the narrative sections were interesting, they were sometimes on the nose and may open Bulkley up to accusations of appealing to emotion. Overall, a great introduction for me into the world of biblical counseling, I look forward to thinking deeper and more practically about how to counsel according to the Bible.

  4. 5 out of 5

    AnThRaX

    Плюсы - разумные доводы против использования психологии в христианстве Минусы - Отсутствие ссылок на источники информации. Зачастую автор боится называть имена цитируемых христианских авторов, с которыми не согласен.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alex Csepregi

    Eye-opening must-read. Simply brilliant!

  6. 4 out of 5

    JR Snow

    Just okay. I don't think Bulkley represented the integrationist position very well, but some of his points were certainly good. Just okay. I don't think Bulkley represented the integrationist position very well, but some of his points were certainly good.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    A must read for ANY Christian. It truly explains how psychology has NO business in the church or the lives of Christians and confirms completely that God's Word alone is sufficient to help us with all of our supposed "mental health" issues. Sin needs to be called sins, not diseases. His style is amazing and captivating. Each chapter is subdivided into two parts. The first half deals with facts on the issues of psychology as it relates to Christianity and the second half is a fictional story in w A must read for ANY Christian. It truly explains how psychology has NO business in the church or the lives of Christians and confirms completely that God's Word alone is sufficient to help us with all of our supposed "mental health" issues. Sin needs to be called sins, not diseases. His style is amazing and captivating. Each chapter is subdivided into two parts. The first half deals with facts on the issues of psychology as it relates to Christianity and the second half is a fictional story in which the characters are confronted with the issues addressed in that chapter. You are anxious to get through each chapter just to see what happens to these characters yet the information before the story is just as captivating. It really helps put into perspective how these issues affect your every day life and walk with God.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I've read this book several times and am still learning from it. Having been through the secular system myself, (supposedly successfully) when I was saved and began studying God's Word, I began to realize that much of what they had taught and told me was totally against God's Word. This book confirmed that and showed me so much more that was wrong with it. I wish everyone would read this book. It's far from boring and dry. It will open your eyes to one of Satan's very successful schemes to make I've read this book several times and am still learning from it. Having been through the secular system myself, (supposedly successfully) when I was saved and began studying God's Word, I began to realize that much of what they had taught and told me was totally against God's Word. This book confirmed that and showed me so much more that was wrong with it. I wish everyone would read this book. It's far from boring and dry. It will open your eyes to one of Satan's very successful schemes to make Christians ineffective victims instead of living a full life of joy and victory. This book is a "MUST READ" for everyone!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lady

    An excellent eye-opening book. I will be much more cautious of psychologists from now on. I do however think there are certain areas that are more physiological where psychology can be beneficial but I am very weary now of "talk therapy" or consulting personally with a psychologist, even Christian psychologists who are trained firstly to help all people not just Christians. I am also weary now of any "self-help" books written by Christian Psychologists and when a counsellor insists on digging up An excellent eye-opening book. I will be much more cautious of psychologists from now on. I do however think there are certain areas that are more physiological where psychology can be beneficial but I am very weary now of "talk therapy" or consulting personally with a psychologist, even Christian psychologists who are trained firstly to help all people not just Christians. I am also weary now of any "self-help" books written by Christian Psychologists and when a counsellor insists on digging up the past to bring about healing.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alana

    I had to read this book for the first Biblical Counseling class I took, and it really influenced the way I looked at psychology. I had always sort of distrusted much of psychology, but this book opened my eyes to specific ways in which it is unbiblical. It also pointed out areas where it has crept into the church, to our great detriment. It's been a while since I read it, so there may be things in it with which I would disagree, but over all I would recommend it as a Biblical response to the wor I had to read this book for the first Biblical Counseling class I took, and it really influenced the way I looked at psychology. I had always sort of distrusted much of psychology, but this book opened my eyes to specific ways in which it is unbiblical. It also pointed out areas where it has crept into the church, to our great detriment. It's been a while since I read it, so there may be things in it with which I would disagree, but over all I would recommend it as a Biblical response to the world's answer of psychology.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Our heavenly Father - In Christ Alone Sola Scriptura My All in All the church says all the right things - but where does its faith lie? The Bible - Prayer - a journal - that is what it took. I tried counseling - and the prescribed drugs - in the end I was told I was broken and would remain broken. God had other plans. Trust God - Trust His word ~ Great book for understanding the place for psychology in the church.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Meagan

    This book was extremely insightful for me! I know very little about this matter of psychology. This book really opened my eyes to the dangers of it. The biggest question was, "Will you trust psychology over God's Word?" Does God's Word really have all the answers to life? Great book for a new perspective! This book was extremely insightful for me! I know very little about this matter of psychology. This book really opened my eyes to the dangers of it. The biggest question was, "Will you trust psychology over God's Word?" Does God's Word really have all the answers to life? Great book for a new perspective!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Yibbie

    Well written. The author lays out very clearly how Psychology even under the guise of 'Christian counseling' is not biblical. It is an easy read not to technical. Well written. The author lays out very clearly how Psychology even under the guise of 'Christian counseling' is not biblical. It is an easy read not to technical.

  14. 4 out of 5

    David Mattson

    A very "weighty" book. Though there is good material, the book isn't an "easy" or a "quick-read." A very "weighty" book. Though there is good material, the book isn't an "easy" or a "quick-read."

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michael Bowman

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah Givens

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Byler

  18. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Carlson

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dana Anderson

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tabetha

  21. 4 out of 5

    John Simpson

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jon Tyte

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joe

  25. 4 out of 5

    Zeb Thurman

  26. 5 out of 5

    Warren

  27. 5 out of 5

    Johnny

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tom Talamantez

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pattybee

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Down

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