Hope In Pastoral Care And Counseling / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664255886
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 597,095
  • Product dimensions: 0.41 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Andrew D. Lester was Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas. He is the author of several books, including Hope in Pastoral Care and Counseling, Pastoral Care with Children in Crisis, and The Angry Christian, all published by WJK.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Power of Future in Human Existence 11
2 Narrative Theory and Future Stories 27
3 Future Stories and Human Brokenness 43
4 Future Stories and Hope 59
5 Future Stories and Despair 72
6 The Dynamics of Hope and Despair 85
7 Hearing the Future Story 103
8 Resistance to Exploring Future Stories 115
9 Confronting Dysfunctional Future Stories 125
10 Construction of Hopeful Future Stories 138
Notes 153
Index of Scripture, Names, and Subjects 165
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