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Jesus and logotherapy;: The ministry of Jesus as interpreted through the psychotherapy of Viktor Frankl Hardcover – 1965


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press; First Edition edition (1965)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007E1XIC
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,496,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. James Gardner VINE VOICE on March 23, 2006
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Robert Leslie says that "the main purpose of this book is to come to a better understanding of how Jesus characteristically worked with people" through the lense of the psychotherapy formulations of Viktor Frankel, an Austrian psychoanalyst who developed a system known as "logotherapy" (aka "the therapy of meaning"). This is indeed what Leslie does, viewing Jesus as a therapist and comparing and contrasting Jesus' approach with the approach of Frankl and with Leslie's own approach (Leslie was a pastoral counsellor and an ordained Methodist minister).

Leslie takes 11 well-known encounters between Jesus and various Gospel figures (e.g., Satan in Luke 4; the tax collector Zacchaeus in Luke 19; the Samaritan woman in John 4; the paralyzed youth who comes through the roof in Mark 2, etc) and analyzes Jesus' approach within the theoretical structure of logotherapy. Along the way, he references such luminaries as Karen Horney, Kierkehaard, Gordon Allport, etc, providing excellent supplementary material.

For students of psychotherapy, this is an interesting little book. Biblical scholars may not find much of value here, although looking at Jesus from a therapeutic point of view is an interesting exercise and certainly Leslie offers some support for this view as an alternative to the "cynic", "rabbi", "magician", and other points of view.

My main criticism of this book is that it merely wets the appetite. More would be better. In addition, Leslie tends to glorify Jesus as a spiritual figure and as a therapist. According to Leslie, everything that Jesus does is the right thing to do. But in reality, everyone stumbles. A more truthful and helpful book would use one or two examples of Jesus' less than perfect therapeutic sytle.
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By John A. Maier on July 24, 2014
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I thought that the book was well written and quite accurately portrayed the philosophy of Viktor Fraknl well.
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