Hope In Pastoral Care And Counseling / Edition 1

Hope In Pastoral Care And Counseling / Edition 1

by Andrew D. Lester
     
 

In this ground-breaking book, pastoral counselor Andrew Lester demonstrates that pastoral theology (as well as social and behavioral sciences) has neglected to address effectively the predominant cause of human suffering: a lack of hope, a sense of futurelessness. Lester not only looks at the reasons why addressing the ideas of hope and despair has been

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In this ground-breaking book, pastoral counselor Andrew Lester demonstrates that pastoral theology (as well as social and behavioral sciences) has neglected to address effectively the predominant cause of human suffering: a lack of hope, a sense of futurelessness. Lester not only looks at the reasons why addressing the ideas of hope and despair has been overlooked by pastoral theology and other social and behavioral sciences. He also offers a starting point for the development of addressing these important dimensions of human life. He provides clinical theories and methods for pastoral assessment of and intervention with those who despair. He also puts forth strategies for assessing the future stories of those who despair and offers a corrective to these stories through deconstruction, reframing, and reconstruction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780664255886
Publisher:
Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
180
Sales rank:
1,194,654
Product dimensions:
0.41(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1The Power of Future in Human Existence11
2Narrative Theory and Future Stories27
3Future Stories and Human Brokenness43
4Future Stories and Hope59
5Future Stories and Despair72
6The Dynamics of Hope and Despair85
7Hearing the Future Story103
8Resistance to Exploring Future Stories115
9Confronting Dysfunctional Future Stories125
10Construction of Hopeful Future Stories138
Notes153
Index of Scripture, Names, and Subjects165

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