Book Review: The Dark Side of Christian Counselling, by Dr. E S Williams

The following book review was written by a member of our congregation. The views presented here are solely those of the reviewer and may or may not align with the views of other members.

S. A. Owens
  • It becomes quite clear as one reads this book that the author is very much opposed to psychotherapy of any kind. The reader may or may not agree with that premise.
  • It becomes somewhat difficult to argue with the approach he uses however, as he progresses through what we might refer to as a brief biography of the foundational figures of psychology. Of course, the first one he discusses is Sigmund Freud — the founding father of psychotherapy.
  • After discussing several other giants of psychology and the worldview they held, he moves into the current world of Christian counselling — starting with Larry Crabb, whom he describes as "one of the leading thinkers in the fireld of Christian counselling."
  • The most interesting discussion in this book is the author’s conclusion concerning what he refers to as the "self-esteem movement."
  • Great food for thought and an interesting read whether or not one agrees with the premise.