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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This enlightening monograph is a collection of articles written by ministers and lay counselors that cogently and thoughtfully discuss issues surrounding cultural competence and spirituality.
Purpose: This thought-provoking book emphasizes the integration of spirituality in cultural diversity. The purpose is to present several short articles emphasizing cultural competency assessment and integration in chaplaincy practice with corresponding responses by lay and spiritual counselors.
Audience: While the book is written for chaplains, especially those in pastoral care, it is highly appropriate for all clinicians and students from a wide array of disciplines who are interested in spirituality and cultural diversity. The authors are practicing chaplains and counselors and are highly credible.
Features: The authors present some excellent case examples and analyses of spiritual values and beliefs from the perspectives of the "chaplain-counselor" and "patient" using information from theology, anthropology, and counseling to illustrate spiritual meaning unique to each person. This small gem of a book is thought-provoking yet grounded in human narratives.
Assessment: I highly recommend this monograph. While there are several books in the complementary literature dealing with spirituality, none capture the intricacies of one individual's beliefs in simultaneous interaction with another's diversity.