THE CONTEXT OF PASTORAL COUNSELING by

THE CONTEXT OF PASTORAL COUNSELING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

While the philosophers and theologians are working at the rationale and content of pastoral work, others are examining the same field of activity with measurements and evaluations that might be called psychometric. What works? For instance, some people come to a Church for counseling, while others neck advice in a secular center. Where are the results deepest, or most rapid? These are the questions the authors posed themselves as they began a two year survey in which Author Colston would do the same kind of counseling in a Church center and in a secular center. This book recapitulates their experience. Here we can say that the case was made for Church-centered counseling, but only a reading of the book will establish why this is so. Actually, the book is much more helpful than this, for, apart from its conclusions, it also gives us, in the detailed case histories, a method of approach in pastoral counseling which is well worth our attention. At the same time the book will be a source of despair to many hard-pressed persons as it talks of the twentieth conference with some troubled soul.

Pub Date: Nov. 6th, 1961
Publisher: Abingdon Press