Seeing With New Eyes

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Author: David Powlison


Counseling and the Human Condition Through the Lens of Scripture

Does God have a take on counseling? Does his gaze have anything to say about the myriad issues counseling deals with? Has he communicated the way he thinks?

David Powlison helps us to see God in the counseling context, training us to see what God sees, hear what he says, and do what he does. As we look through this Scriptural lens, we will become more thoughtful in understanding people and more skillful in curing souls.

All counseling models—whether secular or religious—are essentially differing systems of "pastoral care and cure." When you include God in the picture, it changes the way we think about "problem," "diagnosis," "strategy," "solution," "helpful," "cure," "insight," and "counselor." Learn how the Bible's truth competes head-to-head with other counseling models and changes what we live for and how we live.

About the author:

David Powlison, M.Div., Ph.D. In addition to serving as CCEF's Executive Director, David is a faculty member at CCEF as well as the Senior Editor of the Journal of Biblical Counseling. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an M.Div. degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. David has been counseling for over thirty years. He has written numerous articles on biblical counseling and on the relationship between faith and psychology. His books include Speaking Truth in Love; Seeing with New Eyes; Power Encounters: Reclaiming Spiritual Warfare; and The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context. David has taught across the United States and in Korea, India, Brazil, Europe, and Sri Lanka.


"Dave Powlison has profoundly impacted my ministry by teaching me the discipline of seeing life through the lens of Scripture rather than the other way around. The crumbs from Dave's table--his most casual comments--have nourished me for years."  ~Ken Sande President, Peacemaker Ministries

"In the book, David's conviction that for us to rightly understand people, their problems and the solution to those problems, we must see them through the lens of Scripture comes through with clarity. With fresh insight and skillful creativity, he demonstrates that the Bible when rightly understood speaks with the full weight of God's own authority." ~Wayne Mack Director, Strengthening Ministries International

"If you need help understanding your own life or desire to help others do the same, Seeing with New Eyes will transform your perspective and focus your faith on the sufficient truth of Scripture and on our Scripture's God. I heartily recommend it!" ~Elyse Fitzpatrick, author and conference speaker

Reading this book is a rich experience for counselors and for everyone who wants to apply God's Word to his or her life. ~John Frame, Reformed Theological Seminary, Florida