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Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling
By Mark McMinn

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 another step and explores the importance of the spiritual disciplines in psychotherapy, helping counselors to integrate the biblical principles of forgiveness, redemption, restitution, prayer, and worship into their counseling techniques.

Synopsis. This book will help you evaluate how you can effectively integrate prayer, Scripture, confession, forgiveness, and redemption into your life and counseling practice. Part of a professional series by the American Association of Christian Counselors.

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The Psychology of Religion and Coping
By Kenneth I. Pargament

When faced with a crisis, why do some people turn to religion to help them cope, while others turn away? Is religious belief merely a defense or a form of denial? Is spirituality a help or a hindrance in times of stress? Building a much-needed bridge between two different worlds of thought and practice--religion and psychology-- this volume sensitively interweaves theory with first-hand accounts, clinical insight, and scientific research. The book underscores the need for greater sensitivity to religion and spirituality in the context of helping relationships, and suggests a range of ways that faith might be used more fully to help people in crisis.

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The Poisoning of Eros : Sexual Values in Conflict
By Raymond J., Jr. Lawrence.

A Reviewer wrote: We tend to think of our Judeo-Christian heritage as being responsible for our sexual mores. Rev. Raymond Lawrence's Poisoning of Eros concludes that so called Judeo-Christian sexual Puritanism has its origins not in the Bible, but in the synthesis between classical pagan neo-Platonism and the teaching of the later church fathers, especially Augustine. Lawrence interprets the Old Testament from a Hebraic as opposed to a Hellenic perspective and concludes that modern Christianity has ignored the obvious polygamy inherent in Old Testament times. Even the New Testament is far less averse to a more "open" sexuality than one might think.

Lawrence argues that Paul's epistles have been mistranslated so as to make Paul opposed to matters sexual. Lawrence believes that Martin Luther more earthy approach to sexual mores was very much more appropriate for a Christian, than are today's constrained viewpoints. Lawrence concludes that original Christian teachings were not hostile to an open sexual culture and were more realistic than today's constrained Christian sexual ethics. Regardless of whether one agrees or not with his thesis, Lawrence's book will do that which one should expect of any good book: it will make the reader think.

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The Varieties of Religious Experience
By William James, Reinhold Niebuhr (Introduction).

James examines religion by analyzing people's experiences. He takes a respectful approach to the subject, while at the same time trying to maintain objectivity. The personal accounts contained in the book are fascinating, and include first-person experiences of such luminaries as Tolstoy, as well as less well-known people. These accounts give the book a sense of intimacy that makes psychology of religion exciting to study, and they convey the power that religious experience exerts in people's lives.

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More Jesus, Less Religion: Moving from Rules to relationship.
By Stephen Arterburn & Jack Felton

Enjoy the Freedom of Authentic Faith One decade ago, best-selling authors Stephen Arterburn and Jack Felton exposed the dangers of what they called "toxic faith," helping countless believers to understand and overcome their religious misconceptions. Now, drawing upon an additional ten years of observation and experience, these authors go one step further, offering new insights and a positive approach to the dilemma in this long-awaited follow-up to their ground-breaking work. Be set free from man-made rules, "churchianity," and legalistic religion. Learn to recognize serious misinterpretations of vital biblical concepts such as "accountability." Return to the roots of a strong, obedient, yet grace-filled relationship with your Creator. To all who want to enter into deeper joy, fuller obedience, greater influence, and a healthier experience of God, More Jesus, Less Religion points the way back to the grace of the Lord and shows what it takes to avoid the pitfalls of toxic faith.

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Connecting : Healing for Ourselves and Our Relationships a Radical New Vision
By Larry Crabb

In his most significant book since the immensely successful "Inside Out", Dr. Larry Crabb expands on his lifelong work in the field of psychotherapy to adopt groundbreaking, but biblical, approach to healing the deep wounds of the soul--an approach that centers around building intimate, healing mini-communities in our lives and churches. Synopsis. In this revolutionary new book that focuses on the healing ability of relationships, one of the world's most respected Christian authors presents his new concept for relating to others. Crabb shows how we can become a healing community by "connecting" with people and releasing the good that God has already placed there.

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Saints and Madmen : Psychiatry Opens Its Doors to Spirituality
By Russell Shorto. 1999

Many people who experience psychotic episodes have extreme spiritual encounters: for one person, it may be a sense of a tree's spirit speaking its truth aloud; for others, it could be the sensation of energy beaming from their bodies and communicating with dolphins on a far-off coast. Modern psychiatry usually categorizes these visions as evidence of psychosis, to be treated with antipsychotic medication. But what if these visions were actually extensions of legitimate spiritual encounters or glimpses into the deeper dimensions of the soul?

Author Russell Shorto (Gospel Truth) dares to ask these questions. He even offers evidence of a new movement in psychiatry, in which established doctors are assuming a more holistic approach to psychotic episodes and taking the patient's soul into account. This is not a cavalier dismissal of all that can be gained from appropriate diagnoses of (and medications for) mental illness; rather, it is an impressively researched argument for opening up to the idea of spiritual visions. Citing extensive research and numerous case studies, Shorto helps readers consider the possibility that grandiose spiritual visions aren't necessarily symptoms of mental illness. --Gail Hudson.

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The Faith Factor : Proof of the Healing Power of Prayer
By Dale A. Matthews, Connie Clark. 1999

Drawing from the latest scientific research, as well as numerous illustrative case studies, The Faith Factor offers convincing proof that religious practices can and do enhance the healing powers of medicine. And nationally renowned physician Dale A. Matthews offers a program any patient can follow to incorporate faith into their own healing.

Dr. Matthews points out that encouraging an integration of religious beliefs and practices in medical settings can have important benefits for the entire medical community--from patients and doctors to national health policy makers. He shows how the national trend toward rediscovering religious values has led many patients to use prayer in conjunction with conventional treatment, and that the results have already confirmed that faith and religious practice can be valuable medicine. Finally, Dr. Matthews helps readers explore the connection between faith and medicine in their own lives through methods of prayer, community worship, and study of Scripture. Convincing proof that religious practices can and do enhance the healing powers of medicine, along with a practical approach patients can use.

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The Healing Power of Faith : Science Explores Medicine's Last Great Frontier
By Harold George Koenig. 1999

What is the connection between religious belief and health? Does that connection have to be taken on faith, or is there scientific proof? Harold Koenig, M.D., author of The Healing Power of Faith, has devoted his career to examining scientifically the healing powers of religious belief. He directs Duke University's Center for the Study of Religion/Spirituality and Health, the first research facility in the world to study how religious faith affects believers' physical and emotional health.

This center's research has led to more than 70 data-based, peer-reviewed papers published in medical and scientific journals. Some of the findings include: People with strong faith who suffer from physical illness have significantly better health outcomes than less religious people. People who attend religious services regularly have stronger immune systems and lower stress than their less religious counterparts. Religious faith seems to protect the elderly from cardiovascular disease and cancer. Religious patients recover from hip fractures and open-heart surgeries better than nonreligious patients.

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