Nouthetic Counseling recognizes the importance of working together with physicians, but distinguishing between organic and non-organic sources of problems is often difficult. Dr. Smith's groundbreaking book can help pastors and counselors better understand and treat those under their care.
"Since the inception of Nouthetic Counseling, those associated with the movement have recognized the importance of working together with physicians. In James 5, the elders of the church are directed to call upon God in prayer, to confess sins (when necessary) and to use medicine to heal the sick. Because this has been our firm and continuing position, we have always been concerned not to counsel persons whose problems might possibly stem from organic causes as if they did not. But to distinguish between the two causes is often difficult since, in some cases, similar symptoms may arise from both organic and non-organic sources. The difficulty, though not totally alleviated, has now been greatly reduced by the publication of Dr. Robert Smith's ground-breaking book, The Christian Counselor's Medical Desk Reference. Pastors, elders, and counselors everywhere will be delighted to obtain this volume."
-- Dr. Jay Adams
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