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The Practice of Pastoral Care: A Postmodern Approach
Drawing on psychological, theological, and cultural studies on suffering, Carrie Doehring encourages counselors to view their ministry through trifocal lenses and include approaches that are premodern (apprehending God through religious rituals), modern (consulting rational and empirical sources), and postmodern (acknowledging the contextual nature of knowledge). Utilizing ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published February 16th 2006 by Westminster John Knox Press
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The author offers an integrated method to listen well to the stories of others. Part of listening includes picking up on the theology of the other person and seeing if that theology is life giving or life limiting. A reader could be turned off by her use of technical terms and a very broad view of "spirituality". However, there are plenty of practical applications given as well as helpful diagrams. Good book for those seeking to better their pastoral care skills.
This was a textbook I needed for a class on Pastoral Care. THis book covers the care of the pastor and the pastor's care for others including putting together a list of references for those in need. The reader is encouraged to think big where the needs of others are concerned and to minister to the biggest range of humanity they can imagine.
This is an excellent study, discussion, and reference on how to provide appropriate pastoral care to a diverse and pluralistic population. One of the emphases is that the care giver must not assume that the care seeker share the care giver's frame of reference, be it faith, social structures, beliefs, or cultural norms. The care giver must not impose his or her beliefs onto the seeker. The care giver must derive from listening to the care seeker where he or she is coming from, and to offer affir ...more
The author is a female Presbyterian minister. Despite this she seems to be a Feminist and a liberal theologian. She very seldom mentions the work of the Holy Spirit and Jesus in the lives of the individuals she is caring for.
There are hints that she is a universalist, or that she believes Christianity to be merely a coping mechanism for life and not a fact/truth.
Her book claimed to be a postmodern approach to pastoral care though she, which she herself admits, uses a blend of pre-modern, modern ...more
Sep 04, 2013 Michael Woods rated it it was amazing
A very good introduction to pastoral care. A must read for anyone thinking of attending seminary or answering a call to ministry or chaplaincy. The author discusses 21st Century considerations as they relate to the practice of caring for those God has called us to serve.
Jan 18, 2014 Kate Davis rated it really liked it
This is the book I would give to people who wonder about The Seattle School's approach to pastoring. Narrative based, postmodern. Which is great, except that I read it three years in--obnoxious.