Dr. Martin Seitz – “The Bible—The Single Best Book for Bibliotherapy”

August 27, 2013

“[F]rom infancy you [Timothy] have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness….” – 2 Timothy 3:15-16 ( NIV)

I frequently make use of bibliotherapy in my counseling. Bibliotherapy is when a counselor assigns reading (usually a self-help book) to a client for therapeutic purposes. For instance, if someone is in counseling with me to get support in dealing with the death of a loved one, I might suggest reading a book specifically written to help people cope with their loss.

Self-help books abound for just about every life problem imaginable. But if people want my recommendation for the single best book for helping their lives, I would suggest that they read the Bible. The main purpose of the Bible is to help people find eternal life by having a personal relationship with its main character—the triune God. The Bible instructs people how to become spiritually healthy and spiritually wealthy. So, in a way, it is the ultimate therapeutic book. However, the Bible isn’t strictly meant for self-help purposes because the Holy Spirit works in and with those who read the Scripture with open, humble hearts and minds. It is THE spiritual and soulful self-help book.


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