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Book Review: Marriage Conflicts: A Short-term Structured Model by Everett L. Worthington Jr and Douglass McMurry

Author: Date: January 01, 1999

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“Book Review: Marriage Conflicts: A Short-term Structured Model by Everett L. Worthington Jr and Douglass McMurry.” Critiques David Benner’s preface to the volumes in the Strategic Pastoral Counseling Resources Series in which Marriage Conflicts appears, and then interacts with the book. “Though it claims a biblical view, MC does not give scriptural or theological underpinnings for either theory or practice. While the Bible is presented as useful and informative, its sufficiency in the care of souls is not visible. The Word is not present in any substantial way. Jesus is rarely in view.” Because of this, “the goal and practice of counseling that MC promotes is foundationally man-centered.” This said, the 5-session format proposed is structurally helpful in some situations, and might be especially so for a busy pastor, if reframed within a more biblical worldview.

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