The following list represents some of the best in the field; these are not highly technical books, but those useful to the busy pastor who has time for only a few. Some are general summaries about types and methodologies of pastoral counseling; others are addressed to specific needs and problems in counseling.
Adams, Jay E., Christian Counselor's Manual. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1973. An overview of counseling from the nouthetic approach. This book gives good theological perspectives on the counseling process.
Adams, Jay E., Shepherding God's Flock. Nutley, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1974. An excellent exposition of the role of the pastor as a counselor and shepherd of God's people.
Clinebell, Howard J., Basic Types of Pastoral Counseling. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1966. Currently being revised. Outlines the basic issues facing a pastor who is forced to counsel in a variety of situations.
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