Psychology, Theology, And Spirituality

1413 WordsOct 2, 20146 Pages
The book “Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christianity Counseling” by Mark R. McMinn (2011) is an informative read that delves into the issues of practically integrating concepts of psychological counseling in the Christian context. Some of the questions that McMinn (2011) aspires to address in the book include whether it is appropriate to pray with clients, the role of confession during the therapy process, whether counselors should use scripture memory during the interventions as well as the role of forgiveness and sin during the counseling therapies. The author also looks at the secret spiritual life pursued by Christian counselors. Indeed, as the author vividly points out, the value of counseling interventions especially in the Christian context relies more upon the character of the individual rather than one’s theoretical orientation or technical training (McMinn, 2011). Through exhibiting a positive character, Christian counselors and psychologists can learn spiritual discipline, which gradually transforms them and increases their likelihood of reflecting the redemptive capacity, humility, forgiveness and compassion found in Christ. Through finding this spiritual disciple, Christian counselors can be in a better position to offer their services to disgruntled clients. The author acknowledges that despite the enormous healing potential of scripture, counselors seldom use it during counseling interventions. Hence, according to McMinn (2011), depending on the
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