"I was totally taken with your work--this is the first truly pastoral counseling that I have ever come across. Thank you. Magnificent work."
--Rev. Eugene H. Peterson
I recommend Muse's book to all who love God and want personal knowledge and experience of God in Jesus Christ. There is a third presence in pastoral counseling that transforms both pastor and person. Pastoral theology is the articulation of this insight and Muse has shown himself to be a mature pastoral theologian. Journal of Pastoral Theology This book is arguably one of the best on pastoral counseling to have been published in the past twenty years. Make this a text to share among your friends. Give a copy to your favorite priest --InCommunion
The strength of the author's observations and insights lies not simply in his attempts to draw from the profound Orthodox understanding of human nature...but also in his very personal portrayal of human psychological and spiritual restoration. He leads one to a vision of the wholeness of the individual, at which true counseling is aimed, in such a way as to reveal the communion of spirit that underlies a process that touches the heart of counselor and client alike, bringing them into mutual dependence, in Christian love, on Christ--Orthodox Tradition
From the Author
When Hearts Become Flame is about the mystery of love revealed in those "Emmaus Road" experiences where God's presence suddenly kindles fire in the heart. The act of listening and speaking from the heart involves not just flesh and blood but faith in the Uncreated Source of life invisibly present in our midst. To refuse the other is to refuse Christ. To meet the other is to welcome Him. To care for the other is to be cared for by God. Compassion is a reciprocal encounter. All healing and growth come to us through through dialogue with the "other," in silence and in words, for it is God who meets us in between.