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Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

Illustrative Counseling

Author: Date: January 01, 1998

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[application of Steven Jussely article, to counseling] Why must we do illustrative counseling? First, “conversations are largely composed of stories, and a prime goal of counseling is to rework the meanings assigned to those stories.” Second, people’s stories hand you illustrations and metaphors at every turn. Biblical truth functions best when tailored to the person, and illustrations are the tailor’s scissors and sewing machine. Third, the counseling conversation is a further chapter of the same story. Gives three examples: prize tomatoes, damsel-in-distress, and porcupine in the forest.

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