by Brad Bigney
P & R Publishing, 2012
So what’s new? Combining what most of the recent writers who have left Nouthetic Counseling for a mystical view of sanctification finding man’s problem to be idols that he has set up in his heart, Bigney adds nothing to the discussion.
Indeed, following Tim Keller and others who have misinterpreted Ezekiel 14, he tells us that man manufactures these idols for himself. The fact of the matter is that Ezekiel speaks of carrying mental images of the idols that they were leaving behind in the exile to Babylon. They now held them in their minds in spite of the fact that it was expressly to rid them of idolatry that they were being exiled.
Though not so explicit as others about the cure for idolatry, Bigney falls into the camp that sees contemplation of the Gospel as what sanctifies a person. Many of the people who endorse the volume are of that stripe as well.
This book, by comparison with what has already been written is thin soup, as I suggested above—having little new to offer. I would suggest, however, that if you are flipping through it, pause at page 32, where a counseling technique used by Randy Patton is mentioned. You’ll probably want to use it yourself sometime, but I wouldn’t buy the book just to read that one page.