No man today writes with more competence or clarity in the field of today's religion and psychology and psychiatry than Dr. Wayne E. Oates. Professor at Southern Baptist Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, he has taught many younger clergy to understand Christian doctrine more fully because he teaches them to understand themselves and their people better through the insights of the modern behavioral sciences, especially psychiatry. This, his latest book, Christ and Selfhood, shows that the decisive factor in selfhood is encounter with Christ. He explains the nature of the encounter which results in the birth of a new self, the determining of a man's true selfhood, in which man is able to come to terms with the threats of condemnation, meaninglessness and death. As Christ dealt with these conflicts, so does be make His victories available to us as we become responsible selves under God. This is material for study, not scanning, but the reward in self-understanding makes the effort worth while.