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"Robert Dykstra's reading of the pastoral theological tradition is masterful. This book is at once a history of the field, woven together around living illustrations of key moments and metaphors, and a fresh conceptualization. Its three-part grouping of classical, paradoxical, and contemporary/contextual 'images of care, ' its well-chosen and carefully edited excerpts of each image, and its wisely crafted introductory remarks make this a real gold mine. Seldom does one find a book that is so useful both for ministers desiring a basic introduction to pastoral care and doctoral students seeking a sophisticated understanding of the field. We are indebted to Dykstra for this multifaceted contribution."

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"Dykstra, who is among the most imaginative pastoral theologians today, invites us to imagine, with him and others, what caring ministries require and what caring ministers may do. Bringing together in one volume discussions of various metaphors for ministry, including those proposed by pioneers and present-day shapers of pastoral theology, this unique and superb book provides not only a typology of approaches but also current trajectories for an aspect of ministry that remains fluid and open-ended. Dykstra's gifts for synthesis and clarity shine in introductions to chapters on others' metaphors, and he demonstrates his own capacity for imagination by adding to the mix the metaphor of 'The Intimate Stranger.' Wishing this important book had been available when I was a student seeking to take in both the landscapes and possibilities of caring ministries, I look forward to imagining with my students in new ways!" Allan Hugh Cole, Jr., Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chalice Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0827216246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827216242
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Max Scheider on January 9, 2007
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My son plays better soccer after he watches a professional. If he sees what another player can do, he sees possibilities and begins to work on making those moves his own. This book will do something similar for the pastoral caregiver. After reading this collection of essays, the pastoral caregiver has a myriad of images to consider when looking for a role model for pastoral care. This is a must have for the pastor and chaplain who spends most of his or her energy and time in the cure of souls.
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Dykstra gives a nicely written overview of the development of pastoral care: the relation and tensions between theological language and psychological language. His survey starts with Boisen and his concept of 'the living human document' and then he leads us through the development of the different schools of pastoral care as they have become manifest in their leading metaphors or images of pastoral care. I miss in his book somewhat the European Barthian kerygmatic view, presumably because it is quite contrary to the the development of American pastoral care, which is more closely connected it seems to a clinical setting and the pragmatic and psychologi(zising) way of looking, than in Europe, although the kerugmatic approach in Europe nowadays hardly exists anymore,at least in circles where pastoral care is professionalized. It would be interesting though to read once more E. Thurneysen and his followers to see if there might be something to discover, that can help us with the regaining of the theological 'proprium' in our pastoral care instead of getting more and more sucked into the psychological dimension. I missed in the book also the very important contribution of Ivan Boszormenyi Nagy, the contextual approach: the primate of the ethical dimension in human relations. The models of pastoral care that pointed to the social dimensions and political as a correction of onesided psychological ways of looking and interpreting were brought in by Dykstra but would have deserved more end deeper exploration. All in all it is a good and informative book.
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This book gives a very short synopsis of the evolution of pastoral care and is quite interesting. Being a chaplain in hospice, I found it very inspiring and very informative.
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This book was required reading in my first unit of CPE, and it is still one of the best intro books to pastoral care that I've read. If anyone is looking for a really good introduction to the development and "schools of thought" in pastoral care, there is no better book that I know of.
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I like the foundational principal of this book: the person is the tool of ministry. It is interesting to read this from the perspective that one chan utilize different approaches in pastoral care to best meet the needs of the patient/parishioner/client.
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An excellent book to get a quick overview of several methods and styles of caring for people. Excellent for student or pastor in local church/Parrish setting.
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This text was very helpful in outlining the various aspects of pastoral care. It added to the information that I gleaned from other counseling texts.
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Provides several images of being a pastoral caregiver. Very helpful for a pastor to identify how they are providing care in a paticular situation.
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