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Integrative Approaches To Psychology And Christianity Summary

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Summary In the book Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity by David N. Entwistle I found it very interesting how this book portrayed that Psychology and Christianity had no way to work. Entwistle’s book starts with a introduction of psychology and christianity while using Tertullian’s struggle between human reason and faith (Entwistle, 2010, p.8). In the book it was said that the church handled anything concerning any types of problems that had to do with behavioral issues or mental illness. While reading it was very prominent that there were different different worldview’s throughout this book. Entwistle focused on five different models of integration which came up a lot in the book they were: enemies, spies, colonialists,…show more content…
One memory that this reading brought up to me was when I was in undergrad and I was raped by someone whom I believed to be my friend. Before this incident happened I wouldn't have called myself very religious, but I trusted God and the word of God. I was very involved with church and attended very regularly. After the incident happened I no longer trusted in God. I knew he was still watching over me, but I felt betrayed and I felt that he wasn't there for me when I needed him the most. With this I struggled for a long time with trying to get over the incident and trying to just get through school. I knew there was help, but I had fallen in such a deep hole there was nothing anyone could do. I found myself not worthy of things, I drank more and more each day, and I just felt like I hit rock bottom. One day my mother thought that I should attend church service on a Sunday so I did. I went to church and talked with church family. I was scared that I was going to be judged over what I had become. It was amazing I had struggled so much that after talking to my church family and allowing God back in I saw that God was the only way. Once I had opened my eyes and heart and let the word of God and God back into my life it was a major turn around for my life.
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This book is very well written and I find it perfect for a classroom setting and it has a lot of examples and great material, but what if I was just a normal counselor wanting to study more about religion and psychology because I have a very religious client? I’ve talked with a couple of counselors who have done more research by talking with other counselors and reading books to get more insight on how to approach topics, or situations with clients.
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