This book should be read by anyone who is a Christian and is thinking about or is already being counseled by the psychology industry, whether it has the label Christian attached or not.
I want to quote a few short quotes from the book:
Psychology's "conspiracy of silence" results from the absence of any established knowledge base in the field. Ten different therapists will diagnose and treat one problem ten different ways. Therapists base your treatment on their view of reality instead of on a proven psychological theory. Theories that are short-lived, conflicting and for the most part ignored add up to bad science. (page 15)
R. Christopher Barden, a psychologist, lawyer and president of the National Association for Consumer Protection in Mental Health Practices, says, "It is indeed shocking that many, if not most forms of psychotherapy currently offered to consumers are not supported by credible scientific evidence... Too many Americans do not realize that much of the mental health industry is little more than a national consumer fraud." (page 16)
To date, no one has been able to generate real evidence that professional psychology works. Psychology's own American Psychiatric Association (APA) has even admitted that research fails to prove psychology's effectiveness. (page 20)
Psychologist D. L. Rosenhan, professor of psychology and seven other normal people (that is, people with no perceived mental illness) feigned mental illness by complaining of hearing voices. They asked for psychiatric help and got it. After expressing truthful past experiences, the psychiatrists diagnosed them with schizophrenia and manic depression and admitted them to mental hospitals. (page 21)
William Kirk Kilpatrick, associate professor of educational psychology at Boston College, says: "Psychology and religion are competing faiths. If you seriously hold to one set of values, you will logically have to reject the other... True Christianity does not mix well with psychology. But the process is subtle and is rarely noticed." (page 126)
The author has a whole chapter on whether a person should take medications for these psychological "illnesses" and she explains what these medications do to people.
The author also explains her experiences in interviewing and working at "Christian" psychology centers. She tells about being told not to use her Bible to counsel people.