This volume from the pen of the pastor of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church of New York is accurately described in its...

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PSYCHOLOGY FOR PASTOR AND PEOPLE

This volume from the pen of the pastor of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church of New York is accurately described in its sub-title, A Book on Spiritual Counseling. The body of the book consists of lectures originally delivered at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia in which Dr. Bonnell shares with his fellow ministers and with theological students his experiences in counseling and his convictions concerning the value of this phase of the Christian ministry. While ""Personal counseling"" has always been an important part of the ministry, it is only in recent years that it has been set apart as a specialization for which specific preparation and techniques are necessary. Dr. Bonnell has prepared himself for this work by a thorough study of psychology, but he makes it clear that his personal work with individuals is definitely a religious ministry and that the clergyman in spiritual counseling is not to trespass upon the field of the psychologist or the psychoanalyst, still less upon the field of the physician. In successive chapters Dr. Bonnell deals with the mental and spiritual equipment necessary to counseling and with the methods which he has found successful in his ministry. The volume includes a chapter on ""How to Read the Bible"" which fits in logically with Dr. Bonnell's conception of spiritual counseling. Not the least valuable part of the book is its extensive bibliography. Clergymen and others interested in the religious approach to individuals and their problems will find this a most helpful book.

Pub Date: Feb. 4, 1948

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Publisher: Harper

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1948