Counseling Second-Level Bibliography

These works should also become familiar ground to the biblical counselor as he continues to prepare himself for effective ministry.

Counseling Works

Adams, Jay E. The Christian Counselor’s Manual. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986, originally published by Baker Book House, 1973 (476 pages).

Adams, Jay E. Competent to Counsel: Introduction to Nouthetic Counseling. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986—originally published in 1970 (287 pages).

Berg, Jim. God is More Than Enough: Foundations for a Quiet Soul. Greenville, SC: BJU Press, 2010 (162 pages).

Bulkley, Ed. Why Christians Can’t Trust Psychology. Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House, 1993 (364 pages).

Powlison, David, editor. The Journal of Biblical Counseling. Glenside, PA: Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF).

For the long-term benefit of your ministry to others you would do well to consider purchasing the JBC Archive for $49, available at This archive includes all the articles published over the past thirty years of the Journal’s existence. Each article is stored as a separate PDF. You need a PDF reader with a search engine that will search multiple files in order to use this resource.

An earlier version of the Archive is the CD-ROM version. It includes a PDF reader but the CD-ROM does not include the last several years of articles. It sells for $120 at

Scott, Stuart and Heath Lambert. Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God’s Resources in Scripture.  Nashville, B&H Publishing Group, 2012 (318 pages).

*Welch, Edward T. Blame It on the Brain?: Distinguishing Chemical Imbalances, Brain Disorders, and Disobedience. Phillipsburg, NJ: Puritan and Reformed Publishing, 1998 (204 pages).

Works on Sanctification and the Theology of Counseling

Adams, Jay E. The Theology of Counseling, formerly More Than Redemption. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986 (352 pages).

Berg, Jim. Created for His Glory: God’s Plan for Redeeming Your Life. Greenville, SC: BJU Press, 2002 (338 pages).

_________. Essential Virtues: Marks of the Christ-Centered Life. Greenville, SC: BJU Press, 2008 (276 pages).

Bridges, Jerry. Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2008, originally published in 1988 (240 pages).

Ryle, J. C. Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013, originally published in 1879, (262 pages).