Dr. Hiltner, who now teaches at the Chicago University School of is well and favorably known to an increasing number of clergy who are concerned about the effectiveness of their pastoral ministry to people is trouble. His concern is that modern techniques and insights that have come from the various science that study human personality shall be made available for a more useful effective ministry. He has devoted his own ministry to teaching and writing in field. ""But"", he writes, ""we have not had up to this point a fundamental and theory that would enable us to do justice to these modern contributions while them critically and explicitly to the theological tradition."" In this book, Dr. Hiltner takes a giant step in this direction, and shows the theological which will serve this purpose. He uses as source material the published dialog discourse accounts of the Reverend Ichabod S. Spencer, a 1850's. In them he gives an account of his ministry to individuals and These ""sketches"" give Dr. Hiltner an unparalleled opportunity ways of ""shepherding"" in the light of some of the ways of the past. It is nating study, and the Protestant clergy for whom it is especially will find rich resources here for a more understanding and therefore .