- Paperback: 302 pages
- Publisher: Baker Academic (June 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080102823X
- ISBN-13: 978-0801028236
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #834,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Transforming Spirituality: Integrating Theology and Psychology Paperback – June 1, 2006
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About the Author
F. LeRon Shults (Ph.D., Princeton University; Ph.D., Walden University) is professor of theology at Agder University in Kristiansand, Norway, and the author of several books, including Reforming the Doctrine of God and Reforming Theological Anthropology.
Steven J. Sandage (Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University), a licensed psychologist, is the Albert and Jessie Danielsen Professor of Pastoral Psychology and Theology at Boston University and director of the Danielsen Research Center at the Danielsen Institute. He coauthored To Forgive Is Human.
Shults and Sandage are the coauthors of The Faces of Forgiveness, winner of the Narramore Award from the Christian Association for Psychological Studies.
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Divided into three sections the material is laid out well for the reader. Part one addresses spirituality through theology. This was the most interesting and inspiring section for me as I enjoy theological discussion and thought. Pneumatology is an interesting aspect of theology as it studies the Holy Spirit. This was refreshing as the point the book makes is transforming spirituality not the gifts of the Holy Spirit, how they operate and who should use them in a church service (someone find me a spew bucket!) Going back to the early church and working forward through history was refreshing instead of starting with today and working our way back. The obvious difference between `then' and `now' is our understanding of `spirit' through the lens of culture. This was drawn out by the emphasis on `knowing' by participating in the knowledge of Jesus. By comparison, I have found certain classes on a graduate level emphasize the ambiguity of `proper practice' than actual experience and participation with the Jesus and his relationship to Father through the Spirit. This class is more about `knowing' as the book describes in this section. I am sure that the justice and wisdom of scripture are not to be found by objectifying spiritual transformation, but as the book explain, by participating with Jesus and his relationship with Father through the Spirit. I found the freedom of scripture to be alarming at first but came to understand that the material was emphasizing the relationship with Jesus and Father through the Spirit again. This was highlighted in sharing in the glory of Jesus. His priestly prayer in John chapter seventeen throws great light on this. The glory he left, the glory he wants to return to, and the glory he wants us to see and share in are the intensification of hope we have. I found myself putting down the material and reading Romans chapter five all over again, not for clarification, but freedom of scripture!
Section two was difficult for me, as already stated at the beginning of this report, as my understanding and definition of psychology is framed through my generation and culture. For instance, how I feel about my mother and sexuality is obscure and weird. But this was my frame of thinking as I understand psychology - very narrow! The pages on human development and personhood helped unblock this naive idea of psychology to see that there is a definite (even hard wired) connection between my personal spiritual transformation and how I am made and fitted together. This was further added to in connection health and spirituality. Well-being does lead to maturity but not by sniffing scented candles, listening to Asian music, and having a Thai lady rub my body with oil! Again I found my own naive and sarcastic frame getting in the way of learning a new definition of psychology and how it is hard wired to spiritual transformation. Health-conductive spirituality was a huge help to gage, measure and quantify what is happening in my own development. I finished this section feeling much better than how I approached the title. Maybe this was transforming in and of itself?
Modeling spiritual transformation made it clear what was first intended by the book (I refer to my argument over `example' or `model'). Doing case studies the book came full circle to help me understand what was happening in me and the material I was reading and how both interacted in me. I have not read too many books that have this kind of effect on me. I am therefore theologically challenged, psychologically defined and a little more transformed spiritually.
I thought the three cases studied in the context of prison, marriage and family were not only unique but commonplace in our culture. I would add that prison is not only a physical incarceration but a spiritual one also. This could have been made a little clearer to me. Marriage is a certain and definite example applicable to almost all adults. The interaction between in my own marriage deeper than the physical and domestic roles has been my own case study since moving from Great Britain to Washington and now to Kansas. The process, challenge, fight, wrestle, development, and depth are quite profound. I am not speaking to the male / female roles and function but to the human condition in participation with a redeeming relation with Jesus and his relationship with Father that Renee and myself understand through the Spirit.
Andrew Fox author of Change Through Challenge