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Marriage counseling: A Christian approach to counseling couples Hardcover – 1989
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Dr. Worthington's subscription for forgiveness seemed more appropriate in building intimacy: "Read scripture and pray together," "Share information with spouse," "Share meals together," "affirm commitment to each other," and "incorporate rituals" (58). Even though Dr. Worthington had no evidence to make such a claim, he stated, "bitterness is often revealed in diseases of the body" (154). It seemed farfetched to believe that people who complained of a stiff neck were actually rebellious, or that a person who suffered from back pain was being "nagged" by someone.
Dr. Worthington's suggestion for couples to reenact an argument, reverse roles, and then redo the original reenactment was insightful. He predicted that people would grow tired of replaying the event multiple times, thus reducing hostile feelings and yielding "improvement" in the area of conflict (281). Dr. Worthington pointed out that a simple assignment such as having the couple read a book aloud together could result in either building intimacy or causing additional conflict, which is why he subscribes to a three-session assessment.
The last chapter of the book was devoted to "professional commitment," however Dr. Worthington did a poor job in conveying the magnitude of responsibility bestowed upon counselors.Read more ›
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I enjoy reading books that may help "decode" what is happening in relationships and how to help. So far, I have enjoyed this book.Published on August 24, 2013 by J Bailey
The author's experience in counseling is shared, and is very helpful in a practical way.
A worthwhile book if you are in the counseling profession.