- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Orthodox Research Institute (January 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933275480
- ISBN-13: 978-1933275482
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,366,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When Hearts Become Flame: An Eastern Orthodox Approach to the Dia-Logos of Pastoral Counseling Paperback – January 1, 2011
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In the chapter, Finding the Fit, Dr Muse asks "What Makes Counseling Pastoral?" Dr Muse dialogues with the reader in an exploration of the spiritual healing factors in counseling. In the six months that I've had the book, I've read and re-read these sections again and again, each time finding something personally refreshing and professionally useful.
For me, the heart of the book is the chapter, Heart of Faith: An Epistemology of Personal Encounter. In this chapter, the trialogue of meeting with our client in the presence of Christ is "explained" and the counselor-reader is challenged to examine just how much he really encounters or avoids his clients (as well as his own issues).
For those who may be wondering about a book subtitled "An Eastern Orthodox Approach to the dia-logos of Pastoral Counseling," I am not Eastern Orthodox, but I found the passages where Dr Muse elaborates on his own personal spiritual journey/struggles delightfully insightful, inspirational and intriguing.Read more ›
Even more stunning to me, however, is the impact of an ongoing conversation with Dr. Muse, much of it based on When Hearts Become Flame. As a lifelong Protestant/Lutheran Christ-follower (not yet Orthodox, but moving in that direction) I'm grappling with a new appreciation of the historic faith, especially as it undergirds and unifies all of life. Professional, personal, spiritual, physical, relational, emotional, and intellectual newness emerges and unifies as the Spirit breathes life. Dr. Muse's many gifts of insight, encouragement, and Spirit-breathed wisdom ~ spiced with a gentle sense of humor ~ have provided rich mentoring, long prayed-for.
"We will leave behind willfulness and reductionism, and enter into that vast ocean of Divine Eros that bids us come walk on water." Such are the beckoning, resonating gifts of Dr. Stephen Muse to us, his fellow Pilgrims.
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Dr. Stephen Muse has offered a text that no pastoral counselor or psychotherapist can afford to ignore. Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by Sean Levine
A wonderful presentation about how psychological and relationship therapy intersects with spiritual counseling. Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by Bohdan Melnychenko
This was a recommendation from my priest. I am thankful that I followed through and purchased a copy for myself. Now I plan on getting a few for presents.Published on October 2, 2013 by Jeremy Finck
I cannot explain how affected I have been by this book. I
think it very well may be the most deeply spiritual book I have read in many
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