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Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling

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The American Association of Christian Counselors and Tyndale House Publishers are committed to ministering to the spiritual needs of people. This book is part of the professional series that offers counselors the latest techniques, theory, and general information that is vital to their work. While many books have tried to integrate theology and psychology, this book takes ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 25th 1996 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published June 11th 1996)
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Jessica
Mar 17, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I had to read this book for my grad class and I absolutely loved it! It is rare to find a "textbook" that is not dull and torture to read through. But this book is worth reading whether you are going into counseling or wanting to simply improve your discipleship skills. Excellent read and I have a feeling I will refer to this book many times throughout my education and future counseling practice.
Gottfried
Feb 06, 2016 Gottfried rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
This book gave me a basic introduction about Psychology, Theology and Spirituality integrated together for a Counselor. I think this book helped me to think more about my own self, the identity of self. It is really profound to think about your own self.

It piqued my interest on Cognitive therapy and science. Reading through it, I had no clue what to say to people, when they share their deepest secrets, the author gives guidelines. I feel, you just have to do it rather than reading about it. I lo
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Traci
Oct 15, 2012 Traci rated it really liked it
This is not a read for fun, or for personal knowledge kind of book. It is a text book. If you are a considering counseling, pastoral counseling, clinical counseling, psychology, psychiatry, or pastor you will want to read this. It was a very good discussion of how, when, why to incorporate the spiritual disciplines into a counseling session. He gives the pros, the challenges, a good discussion of what to consider as you mentor and counsel. But more importantly, it gives the argument of how impor ...more
Penny
Apr 18, 2016 Penny rated it really liked it
Thoughtful, inspiring discussion of how Christian counsellors can and should integrate knowledge of psychology and theology along with their own christian spirituality in the counselling room.
Chelsey
Feb 29, 2016 Chelsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read

This book is extremely well written and organized in a fashion that allows readers to understand each chapter of the book individually as well as all together. I recommend this book for any Christian or spiritual counselor or anyone aspiring to be a counselor. The text is insightful and opens one's eyes to the cautions and dangers of using the Bible in counseling but shows that the Bible has a time and a place in counseling as well. The update to the book is a wonderful addition to
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Meleah Allard
Jun 13, 2016 Meleah Allard rated it really liked it
This book was really helpful. It was a textbook in my course on counseling. The main text was written from a secular perspective so this book really helped with the faith integration. I found it an invaluable source that I will continue to refer to in the days ahead.
Brett
Jan 22, 2008 Brett rated it really liked it
What is it that makes counseling uniquely Christian? McMinn wrestles with this question while offering principles for the use of prayer, scripture, and confession within the counseling relationship. Each of these spiritual disciplines offers unique contributions to the healing process, but also give rise to challenges. McMinn addresses this tension by offering suggestions as to when and where such practices are most (and least) appropriate. What is more, McMinn helps the reader to understand how ...more
A. Smith
Jan 22, 2016 A. Smith rated it really liked it
This is a great comprehensive book about the integration of psychology and theology I have read. The author provides readers with practical and personal examples.
Blake
Jun 02, 2016 Blake rated it did not like it
I used this book in my Critiquing Modern Philosophies of Counseling class. It was perfect for challenging the students to read with discernment and to identify the unbiblical elements within and to then discuss their thoughts about the book each week. This is not a book I would offer any recommendation for, other than if one wants to see some of the tragic results of embracing the concept that God's Word is not sufficient. I appreciated the spirit in which McMinn wrote but much of what was writt ...more
Bill
Feb 26, 2012 Bill rated it really liked it
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This was a text book for an Intergration of Theology, Psychology, and Spirituality master's level course. It was actually a very interesting read as well as very imformative.
Andrew Buehner
Dec 15, 2012 Andrew Buehner rated it really liked it
This book is slow to start with, but practical and good. I believe in McMinn's viewpoint and found this to be worth the time.
Jeff
Mar 12, 2012 Jeff rated it really liked it
This is a good book for christian counseling who want to integrate thoughts from christianity and psychology
Kim Blackham
Oct 04, 2008 Kim Blackham rated it it was ok
Mostly, I just kept plowing my way through and was very grateful when I was done.
Danny Bennett
Aug 10, 2011 Danny Bennett rated it it was ok
Sped read this one, the parts that caught my eye were pretty good.
Michael
Great perspective and practical application
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Required reading for school.
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Mark R. McMinn is professor of psychology at George Fox University, where he teaches and serves as the director of faith integration in the Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology. Mark holds a PhD from Vanderbilt University, is a licensed psychologist in Oregon, and is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (AP ...more
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“Every Christian must be a broken person. To enter the kingdom, we must acknowledge that the inner peace we yearn for can never come by our own efforts but only by admitting we are powerless to conquer our self-centeredness and by turning over the rule of our life to Christ. Our sinful hearts show themselves through what we do and what we fail to do. We end up broken not only because we are victims but also because we have hearts of rebellion and stubborn independence.” 2 likes
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