Top 3 Biblical Counseling Books

by | Resources

Top 3 Biblical Counseling Books

Nouthetic counseling, also known as Christian counseling, is a way to help people with their problems by using the Bible and Christian principles. It is becoming more and more popular because it is different from traditional counseling methods. Here are three top books about nouthetic counseling that you should check out!

  1. “Competent to Counsel” by Jay Adams

“Competent to Counsel” is a very important book in the world of nouthetic counseling. It was written by Jay Adams, one of the people who started the nouthetic counseling movement. In the book, Adams explains that the Bible has all the answers we need to solve our problems. He also talks about how pastors and Christian counselors should be trained in nouthetic counseling so they can help others. One thing that makes this book special is that Adams thinks it is important for counselors to confront their clients about their thoughts and actions that are not in line with the Bible. Link to purchase on Amazon:

  1. “How to Counsel God’s” Way by Bob Hoekstra

This book is about learning to counsel one another from the word of God, living the Christian life, helping others do the same, and discerning the difference between biblical counsel and psychological counsel. This book is for everyone in the body of Christ, from the Staff Pastor to the After-Service Prayer Counselor, from the caring parent to the pressured businessman. This book is also for all who want to be used of God in ministering to others, all who are concerned about the growing intrusion of worldly wisdom and humanistic theories into the life and ministry of the Lord’s church. The burden and insight for this book developed during twenty-five years of teaching the scriptures and counseling as a Pastor. During that time, the Lord brought awareness that many in the church world (including this author) were not relying wholly upon God’s word as they ministered. In this book, Bob Hoekstra calls God’s people back to the Lord Jesus as our Wonderful Counselor. Link to purchase on Amazon:

  1. “Biblical Counseling” by Chuck Smith

The Word For Today presents Biblical Counseling: A topical index for Christian living. This book is a compilation of over 200 topics describing difficult situations that every one of us, believers and nonbelievers alike, may face in life at one time or another. Each topic is listed alphabetically, that contains Pastor Chuck s commentary with illustrations to explain clearly and simply what God has to say.

Next we added a list of Scripture references that pertain to each topic, categorizing them as:

  • God’s Perspective: How God views a situation; His commandments for or against it.
  • God’s Promises: What God will do for someone who chooses to obey His Word.
  • How to Make a Change: How a person can live in a way that pleases God.
  • Biblical Examples: Events and characters in the Bible that portray the topic.
  • Prayers Found in the Bible: Actual prayers as an example or pattern to emulate.

When people came to Pastor Chuck distraught and heartbroken, seeking his counsel for their personal dilemma, he simply replied, The best thing I can do is give you God’s Word rather than my own thoughts or opinions. When you need guidance, when man’s counsel has left you confused and discouraged, go to the Word of God because God has already given you His counsel. Link to purchase on Amazon:


“Hey there! Just wanted to let you know that our website contains Amazon affiliate links. This means that if you make a purchase through one of these links, we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.”