What would it mean for Christian counseling and pastoral care to take seriously the idea that God intervenes in the world? In this volume more than twenty of the best pastoral counselors, clinicians, and counselor educators introduce us to the models that they use to integrate the Scriptures and the work of the Holy Spirit into their daily practice.
Everett L. Worthington Jr. provides a model for short-term marriage counseling that is biblical, practical and compassionate. Valuable evaluations of five other major approaches (psychoanalytic, systems, behavioral, cognitive and Christian) are included in an appendix.
Physician Dwight L. Carlson marshals clinical evidence to demonstrate that many emotional hurts are just as biologically based as cancer and heart disease. Here is vivid proof that people in emotional pain deserve compassion, not condemnation.
Counselor and teacher Virginia Todd Holeman weaves together biblical insight and rich theological reflection while drawing from the best of current psychological studies on forgiveness, repentance and reconciling to help couples work towards healing and transformation of broken relationships.
Communications expert Tim Muehlhoff provides a strategy for having difficult conversations, helping us move from contentious debate to constructive dialogue. Insights from Scripture and communication theory provide practical ways to manage disagreements and resolve conflicts.
Reflecting on the confusion, shame and grief brought on by her mother's schizophrenia, Amy Simpson provides a bracing look at the social and physical realities of mental illness. Reminding us that people with mental illness are our neighbors and our brothers and sisters in Christ, she explores new possibilities for the church to minister to this stigmatized group.
Focusing on adultery, rage, addiction, and homosexuality, neuroscientist Matthew Stanford explores what role biological predispositions play in behavior that the Bible defines as sinful.
Daryl E. Quick uses a step-by-step approach (enhanced by inspiring stories and practical exercises) to help readers learn new ways of thinking, feeling and acting that will replace the destructive patterns learned in childhood.
Nancy Nason-Clark and Catherine Clark Kroeger draw on their professional experience in sociology and biblical studies to supply here-and-now, step-by-step advice that victims of domestic violence need to begin a journey toward healing.
In this practical handbook for families and churches, Dr. R. Timothy Kearney shows how the healing touch of God can come, frequently through God's people, to children who have experienced sexual abuse.
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