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The Clinical Christ, Scientific and Spiritual Reflections on the Transformative Psychology Called Christian Holism Paperback – 2004

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  • Paperback: 151 pages
  • Publisher: Julian's House (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976031604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976031604
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. D. on April 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
This lovely, compassionate book is also one of the best written books I have recently read from a Christian thinker. Dr. Zeiders avoids the typical anti-intelllectual platitudes of the Christian right and the New Age movement. Instead, he presents spiritually reasoned arguements supported by his case studies and his own careful and extensive study of the psychology of forgiveness.

Although written primarily for Christian psychotherapists, this is a book that will benefit clinicians from many diffrent practices.

This collection of essays marks the debut of a significant Christian thinker. Although Dr. Zeiders dispalys a mastery of psychological theory and psychotherapeutic technique, he is a much deeper thinker- one of those rare writers whose work influences many kinds of thinkers, writers, and poets.

In the future, this book will be mined by novelists, philosophers, theologians, criminologists, artists, poets and human beings suffering through the vicissitudes of everyday life for its spiritual insights into the human heart.

Dr. Zeiders will inevitably be compared with psychologists like M. Scott Peck, but he has more intellectual heft and literary flair- imagine a psychologist with the literary and spiritual depth of C.S. Lewis or G.K. Chesterton. He offers hope by the simple (though not easy) act of forgiveness for human beings who have sunk to spiritual and psychological dregs.

"The Clinical Christ" is a manifesto for Christian therapists seeking a complex, intellectual, and deeply spiritual framework for transfroming human pain to human hope.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Aiena on February 5, 2006
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At a time when the perennial struggle to reconcile Science and Religion has been fueled by "Intelligent Design" campaigns, Dr. Zeiders' work proves that these two realms of human experience need not be antagonistic. Not since reading Thomas Merton have I encountered a Christian author so clear and objective in his thought, tolerant in his views, powerful and poetic in his expression, and so firmly rooted in his faith. Dr. Zeiders' Christian orientation is undeniable, yet he speaks with a voice of reason that transcends religious and scholarly differences. I highly recommend this work to anyone, Christian or no, seeking to unite rationality and spirit in their personal or professional work. Here you'll find inspiring case studies, thought-provoking discourse, and practical counsel.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Magog2000 on May 16, 2005
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The author deftly synthesises what most in his profession sadly view as competing systems. I found this to be a brilliant and insightful book. In an age of polarizing forces of materialism, egoism, fundamentalism, and a myriad of other destructive -isms, I found his to be a voice in the wilderness.
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The Clinical Christ, Scientific and Spiritual Reflections on the Transformative Psychology Called Christian Holism; by Charles L. Zeiders, Psy.D.
book report by: L.J. Martini, Th.D. June 2015

Charles Zeiders puts forth a clinical psychology method centered in Christian Holism which he describes as invoking the Holy Spirit to bring about a healing process that “facilitates reconciliation with God, with self, with those in the human community and creation” (p. vi). Such Christian Holism includes both “secular” and “sacred” intervention through the Holy Spirit to minister to the client, emphasizing a Christian Depth Psychology of Forgiveness leading to what Zeiders calls the Resurrection Effect (p. 37-67). This Christian Depth Psychology centers around an implicit teaching of Jesus in Matthew 5:23-24 and Mark 11: 25. That teaching requires the reconciliation of those who have caused “Core Wounds” by first invoking God’s help in healing a trespass, then willfully replacing the “Will to Punish” with the “Will to Forgive” those who have caused the wound. These steps require a psychological understanding of what caused the wound, acknowledging such trespass as being wrong, the will to forgive by a cognitive change of mind and not necessarily a change of heart. It is a forgiveness as an ego event, not an emotional event (p. 42). After willful forgiveness the client must return to God in prayer such that the anger, shame, rejection, etc. sustained from the trespass will be healed through God’s grace — a rebirth to a new “psychological life,” the Resurrection Effect.
This “willful forgiveness” is the meat of Zeiders book and requires the therapist putting all of the secular and sacred therapeutic processes under the Lordship of Jesus Christ to supernaturally accomplish healing.
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