Why Christians Can’t Trust Psychology, by Ed Bulkley

A Book Review by Naomi Downing

Back Cover: Today’s search for inner fulfillment has exploded into what is now called 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 the pain and guilt and know true freedom… genuine inner peace… and a fresh beginning.

The pressures to find the solutions to human hurt and sufferings have never been greater. Clear answers are urgently needed for the hurting—today.

As Christians, who should we turn to if there is a need for help?

Why Christians Can’t Trust Psychology talks about psychologists and counseling and how they differ. One thing we should be weary of is psychology often uses worldly views—even if they say they are Christian psychologists. They claim that while the Bible is good, it isn’t good enough to deal with the deep problems of today’s world.

This book covers a multitude of things you should at least consider if you are thinking about going to a psychologist or thinking about becoming one. Ultimately it says that the best and most important thing—everyone, really—needs to do is immerse themselves in the Bible. And if you need counseling (in no way did this book dispute that some people do genuinely need help), you need to make sure that the counselor is truly trying to honor God in everything that they do and that they turn you to the Bible.

I would definitely recommend this book to people who find psychology and counseling interesting, but depending on who it was, I may warn them that it can talk about some more serious issues. (Which could be a given, if the person has an interest in counseling I’m sure they are aware that life isn’t always easy and pleasant.)

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Downing is a homeschooled high school student who live on a small farm in the middle of no where. She enjoys reading, writing, taking pictures and dreaming about her future. She blogs at naomiandbooks.wordpress.com.

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