Summary Section: Core Concepts
(Hawkins and Clinton Book Review)

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Some Core Concepts of The New Counselor
(Dr. Brian Campbell, 2016)


In the Summary section of your book review, you are to identify the 8–10 of the most important concepts of the book. To help you get started on this task, I have provided a few core concepts together with a limited selection of citations that are relevant to the concepts.  I recommend that you use this method of listing key quotations—bullet-point style—when you first start developing your section.  Then, use the information from your bullet points to compose your narrative (text) for the particular core concept you are working on.  Do not just turn in the bullet points.  Use the bullet points to help you compose your summary paragraph.  The core concepts listed below are just examples, but you are welcome to use these topics in your Summary section.




         [Here, you would use an introductory paragraph to introduce the reader to your 8-10 summary points.  Use paragraph side heads in the format shown below for each of the core concepts.]


The Importance of the Spiritual Health of the Counselor and Counselee[B1] 


[Use the above heading, and then summarize the information below in your own words.  Fill in additional bullet points as you read your textbook.  This one concept would be one paragraph.  Then proceed to the next heading.  Make sure you use appropriate in-text citations when paraphrasing or using direct quotes.]


·         “We cannot go deeper with our clients, however, until we’ve gone deeper with God in our own lives” (p. 11).

·         “The most important factor in counseling is the emotional and spiritual vitality of the counselor” (p. 11).

·         “When Grace, truth, and power of God permeate our thinking and choices, they overflow into our practices into a relationship” (p. 12).

·         “We use all the resources God has given us – including the eternal truths of God’s word, the power of the Spirit, and our growing understanding of human behavior – to guide us and effect change in our clients’ lives” (p. 12).

·         “Our goal as Christian Counselors is to help them ‘possess their souls’ so they can trust God, love him with all their hearts, and respond to the challenges and difficulties in their lives with confidence and hope” (p. 32).

·         “In 1 Thess. 5:23, Paul says that genuine change requires attention to the whole spirit, the entire soul, and the whole body—no dimension of the person can be overlooked” (p. 32).

·         “It’s difficult, but we have the Word of God, the spirit of God, and the people of God to help us take steps forward” (p. 36).

·         The new Christian counselor is committed to definitions of Christian counseling that do justice to biblical truth regarding sin and the brokenness and damage people experience because of sin” (p. 37).[B2] 


The Primacy of God’s Word in Counseling

·         “We view all the resources available to us as God-given, and we rely on the Word of God and the Spirit of God to produce genuine, lasting change in us and in our clients” (p. 6).

·         “This is our hope and prayer for you as you increasingly love God, study his Word, and apply the God-given insights gleaned from Scripture and study in your practice” (p. 26).

·         “A proper understanding of psychology doesn’t add anything to the Bible’s teaching on human nature, but it can give insights into the complexities of human behavior, learning, and human physiology so people can apply the truth of Scriptures more powerfully and specifically in their lives” (p. 36).

·         “The new Christian counselor believes in God who has revealed himself and his truth in the Scriptures” (p. 43).

·         “The Scriptures themselves are the key resource for knowing God and pursuing his plan for our lives” (p. 44).

·         “The goals and the processes of counseling – trusting God to change thoughts, behaviors, and emotions – are thoroughly grounded in the Bible” (p. 46).

·         “Mind change – putting off the lies the world and putting on the truths of God revealed in the Scriptures – is a central pattern of sanctification for all believers, including those who benefit from Christian counseling” (p. 46).

·         “…Christian counseling is…committed to a process of moving forward under the authority of the Word of God” (p. 52).


Human Beings Seek Transcendence

·         “God has put it in the hearts of people to seek transcendence” (p. 14).

·         “An undeniable spiritual longing spans all of humanity” (p. 14).

·         A recent Gallup poll indicated that 90% of Americans believe in God (Newport, 2013)” (p. 15).

·         “Additional research shows that deeply committed believers seek counselors who explicitly incorporate prayer, the Bible, and other faith-based resources into their therapy (Wade, Worthington, & Vogel, 2007)” (p. 15).

·         “Godly changes transformational change–change the lasts and has a deeper impact–and people of faith are now demanding nothing less” (p. 15).

·         “Most people are tired of religion, but they are fascinated with spirituality, the universal ‘God thirst’ (p. 15).

·         “It’s not surprising, then, that when people of faith consider mental health services, they want God in the equation” (p. 16).

·         “In fact, two thirds of Americans want their faith addressed in mental health care (Hage, 2006)” (p. 16).


Note:  You are to develop at least 5 additional core concepts from your textbook.  As you read The New Christian Counselor, keep your eye out for additional core concepts you might want to highlight in your summary section.  With regard to the three concepts listed above, continue to add “bullet points” as your read through your entire textbook.  As you identify additional core concepts, start taking notes and add key quotes (“bullet points”) to these new core concepts.

Bottom line…if you follow the process outlined above, you should not have any problem writing the Summary section of your book review.  Keep each paragraph short.  Try to paraphrase the information under each heading in a few sentences.  Rather than use all the quotations that have bearing on a particular point, just use examples, like this…


The Importance of the Spiritual Health of the Counselor and Counselee

T[B3] hroughout their textbook, Hawkins and Clinton (2015) emphasize that the spiritual health of the Christian counselor is critically important when attempting to help others (e.g., pp. 11; 12; 32). 

[Continue with your own paraphrasing of the information you have collected.  Remember, you will need an in-text citation for each and every paraphrase you write.]



[For information on paraphrasing, click here.  For information on the proper format of in-text citations, click here.]

 [B1]This is APA format for this level of heading.

Left-aligned, Bold, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading [B1]


 [B2]Add to these quotations as you read the chapters in your textbook.

 [B3]This is my paraphrase of the information I have collected on this core concept.