- Hardcover: 592 pages
- Publisher: IVP Academic (September 5, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0830851593
- ISBN-13: 978-0830851591
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 2.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"God and Soul Care by Eric Johnson is another deep and substantial contribution to the further development of a truly Christian psychology and to Christian counseling and soul care. He describes the therapeutic resources of the Christian faith by clearly explicating the implications of fundamental biblical truths for Christian psychotherapy and counseling. I highly recommend this book as essential reading!" (Siang-Yang Tan, professor of psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, author of Counseling and Psychotherapy)
"In our good but fallen world, few of us escape the need for counseling at some point in our journey. Caught amid the unexpected, we hope for wise counsel that will help us find our way in and through the darkness. Alas, too often we are faced with the dilemma of simplistic Christian counsel or secular psychology that refuses to take our deepest commitments seriously. This is one of many reasons that I am so grateful for Eric Johnson's work. He not only resists a false dichotomy between faith and the insights of psychology but has devoted his life's work to mapping the intricate networks between Scripture, faith, theology, and psychology. God and Soul Care is a gift, and if it is received as it should be, it will go a long way toward helping shape counseling and counselors so that when we need them they are well-equipped to work alongside God in pointing us down the road of deep healing, to the glory of God and our personal well-being." (Craig G. Bartholomew, Redeemer University College)
About the Author
Eric L. Johnson (PhD, Michigan State University) trained as an academic psychologist and is Lawrence and Charlotte Hoover Professor of Pastoral Care at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of Foundations for Soul Care and the coeditor of God Under Fire and Christianity and Psychology: Four Views. An associate editor of the Journal of Psychology and Theology, he is the director of the Society for Christian Psychology and the Institute for Christian Psychology.
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In my familiarity with Dr. Johnson and his works, a few things are evident. First and foremost, he prizes the glory of God above all things. He holds a high view of scripture, which will be quickly evident to any reader. However, scripture is not a mere afterthought here with prooftexts added to secular thinking; Johnson has a rich Trinitarian theology. The influences of John Piper, to whom this book is dedicated, are evident throughout this book. Together with this rich theology, Dr. Johnson also develops a broad anthropology that carefully considers spiritual, psychosocial, and biological variables. He not only gives considerable weight to each person bearing the image of God, but the ways in which psychopathology may present – sin, suffering, and biopsychosocial damage.
I particularly appreciated his focus in the following areas: Trinitarian relating, the importance of Union with Christ, and the grounding of a therapeutic system in a comprehensive biblical worldview.
To say that there is nothing like this on the market is not a stretch. A text that is both theologically and anthropologically rich honors God and offers considerable promise for the healing of souls.