The BCC’s Book Lists is yet another contribution of the BCC’s Book Review page (along with book reviews, author interviews, and book video trailers). Not crafted by the BCC staff, but by our Book Review team, these Book Lists are intended to provide readers with an annotated and collated list of the most significant books in various categories related to biblical counseling, Christian living, and pastoral ministry.
9 Top Books on the History of Pastoral Counseling/Biblical Counseling
If we are to practice biblical counseling effectively today, we need to understand our historical roots. As G. K. Chesterton noted:
“Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about” (Orthodoxy, p. 3).
The following books give “vote and voice” to that “great cloud of witnesses” whose lives and ministries have much to teach us about the personal ministry of the word.