PSYCHOLOGY OF PASTORAL CARE by Paul K. Johnson

PSYCHOLOGY OF PASTORAL CARE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is a text-book on pastoral counseling designed primarily for theological students and pastors. The aim of the author is to view the pastor in his working pastoral relationships from the stand-point of dynamic interpersonal psychology. The author believes that the pastor who knows the true interests and potentialities of his people will meet them at the center of life's meanings rather than at the periphery. To show how this may be done, Professor Johnson covers the field of pastoral relationships in general and then deals specifically with ""responsive counseling"" ""confession"", ""marriage counselling"" ""the pastor and the family"" ""the ministry of healing"", and ""meeting death"". The author has had thirty years of academic experience, the last twelve of which have been at Boston University where he has been professor of the psychology of religion. He does not seem to realize fully the limitations placed upon the pastoral work of a minister by the other demands upon his time and energy. Nevertheless the book does set before a minister a high ideal for his pastoral work and many helpful suggestions for realizing that ideal.

Publisher: Abingdon-Cokesbury