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Pastoral Care: An Essential Guide (Essential Guide (Abingdon Press)) Paperback – June 1, 2005
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I believe that the best form of pastoral care, for those in these first two categories, is for an integration of the concepts found in Lartney. This being that we approach people as intrinsically valuable divine image bearers, and that their experiences and emotions seriously, as they are the authoritative texts on their lives. You acknowledge that their distress is real, and that Jesus and the community are in distress with them. Having established that they are heard and valued, help the recipient craft a narrative that subverts the negative decisive and spiritual cycles in their life, helping them deconstruct their internal dialog. The care giver can now aid them in crafting a new narrative about their life, identity, worth moving forward, giving them the tools to actively subvert the dysfunction that is causing them distress and putting them on a trajectory to reconnect with the love of God, the love of their community, and the love of self.
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I enjoyed reading this book. I didn't agree with every view of the author.Published 8 months ago by Alber Treadwell
Excellent book. Easy to read and provided a lot of insight as I continue to sharpened my skills as a care-responder.Published 21 months ago by Drob
Very insightful holistic views on pastoral care for a variety of congregation situations. A must read for pastors who care about the emotional, physical and spiritual health of... Read morePublished 21 months ago by charlotte flowers
Gives a wide range of scenarios and directives. This book was very interesting and informative. UI used it for Bible/Leadership College.Published on June 12, 2014 by Vee French