I wish Dr. Powlison had the chance to complete this book as it feels that there was content that needed to be further explored. This was a short book/reading that could have definitely been expanded and covered the topics in much more depth to give us a better conceptual understanding as well as practical ways to implement this.
One thing that I enjoyed about this book was the challenge to pastors to see their calling not only as administrative and teaching from the pulpit but as well as counselors of the soul to the people of their congregation. It is important that pastors renew their care for individual people and join them in walking the challenges and difficulties brought on by sin, mental health needs and day to day trials.
My primary concern with this book is the way it refers to mental health services as oppositional to any sort of pastoral counseling. There are instances that mental health needs or crisis have biological onsets (the levels of hormones, neurotransmitters, etc) and aren’t mainly a result of personal sin. It is important for both pastoral counseling and mental health services, when needed, to work together to be able to address individual needs.
This book review is possible by Crossway. Crossway provided me with a review copy of this book. Content taken from The Pastor as Counselor by David Powlison, ©2021.