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Hope in Pastoral Care and Counseling Paperback – April 1, 1995
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Contrary to another reviewer's reflection that the audience is unclear, the subtitle should make that quite obvious. Counseling in the public sector, i.e., not specifically affiliated with a religious organization or denomination, can be as "pastoral" in nature as that given by an ordained clergyperson; which is to say that this book is a superb tool for all who are on the broad spectrum of mental and emotional counseling, including M.D. psychiatrists.
Lester provides background and foundation for his arguments by means of both the wide-ranging sources he employs and makes available to the reader and by the well-chosen case studies he cites. I have relied on the wisdom in this book in my own pastoral work and have referred clergy colleagues and mental health counselors to it many times. The author avoids both psychological jargon and the snobbery of academic "lingo" to make it accessible to a wide range of folk. I would go so far as to say that friends and family in crisis would benefit immensely from being in daily relationships with people who are familiar with these concepts rather than being fed the pablum that so many receive from folks who "mean well."