Moving Toward Spiritual Maturity: Psychological, Contemplative, and Moral Challenges in Christian Living

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Overview

Moving Toward Spiritual Maturity examines Christian maturity from three distinct, but interrelated perspectives:psychotherapeutic psychology; prayer and contemplation; and moral theology. The book focuses on the challenge of growing into spiritual maturity through psychological wholeness, the conversion to the true self, and interpersonal and social responsibility, with real-life stories and examples to help make the connection to everyday life. The author draws on the works of a number of several important writers and scholars, including Freud, Jung, and Berne, presenting their ideas in clear, non-technical terms.

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What People Are Saying

Len Sperry
In an era when spirituality is too readily overly psychologized, Pembroke offers a BRILLIANT synthesis of the psychological, spiritual and moral dimensions of Christian maturity. The description of this integrative journey to wholeness is fully consistent with the best of the Christian tradition. ESSENTIAL READING for pastoral counselors, spiritually-sensitive psychotherapists, spiritual directors, and ministry personnel. (Len Sperry, MD, PhD, Clinical Professsor of Psyciatry, Medical College of Wisconsin; Author of Transforming Self and Community: Revisioning Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction)
Elisabeth McSherry
A FRESH VOICE FROM THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE HAS COURAGEOUSLY BROUGHT US A UNIQUE MODEL OF ADULT SPIRITUAL MATURITY. . . . Combines disciplined erudition with solid psychotherapeutic wisdom, laity-care, parish experience and practiced theological application, to tantalizingly synthesize a more comprehensive view of spiritual maturity. . . . A MUST-READ BOOK for those wishing to challenge society and individuals to a more healthy, and more normative life of the spirit. (Elisabeth McSherry, MD, MPH, National Research Consultant, National VA Chaplaincy; Emeritus Director National Decision Support System Development, VA; Emeritus Associate Professor, Dartmouth Medical School Dept of Family & Community Medicine)
Bruce Rumbold
OFFERS BOTH RESOURCES AND A GUIDE FOR THE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY. He draws upon a wide range of materials, popular and scholarly, sacred and secular, weaving these strands together with consummate skill, creating a conversation that is self-talk with a theological frame. Most importantly he shows us the warp and weft, pointing to the scholarship that supports or challenges popular accounts, the clashing concepts that can underlie apparent similar phraseology. We are encouraged to develop skills for the journey, not to adopt an unexamined technique. . . . Of particular interest to people who long for ways of speaking about the spiritual journey that do not uncritically embrace current self-psychologies on the one hand or theological pietism on the other. (Bruce Rumbold, MSc, PhD, BD(Hons), PhD, MA, Acting Director, Palliative Care Unit, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789033659
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1. Setting the Scene: Self-Fulfillment and Vocation
Psychological Approaches to Personal Fulfillment
Continuities and Discontinuities with the Christian Tradition
The Way of Love
Balancing Self-Giving and Self-Love

PART I: TOWARD PSYCHOLOGICAL WHOLENESS
Chapter 2. Wholeness in the Community of the Self
The Self and Its Subselves
Freud and Berne on Suppression of Selves
Suppression of Selves and the Christian Life
Kohut and Jung on Disowning Selves
Working with Disowned Subselves
Morally Relevant Selves
The Spirit and the Christian's Moral Imperative
Summary

Chapter 3. Wholeness, Not Perfection
The Bind of Perfectionism
Christ and Individuation
Paul and the Inner Struggle
Reconciliation of Inner Opposites
Completeness in Christ
Summary

Chapter 4. Cognitive Reframing and Perfectionism
Guilt- and Shame-Based Perfectionism
The Basics of Cognitive Therapy
Dealing with Shame-Based Perfectionism
Summary

PART II: PRAYER, CONTEMPLATION, AND CONVERSION
Chapter 5. Spirituality in the Everyday World
Spirituality and Nature
The Spirit of the City
A Spirituality of Time
Spirituality in Marriage and Family
Spirituality and Public Life
Summary

Chapter 6. Conversion to the True Self
True and False Selves
"Storied Prayer": Remembering, Attending, and Choosing
Summary

Chapter 7. Conversion to Compassion
Compassion in the Bible
Compassion As Hospitality
The Compassionate Community
Prayer As Solidarity
Summary

PART III: CONSCIENCE AND RESPONSIBILITY
Chapter 8. Conscience and "Contrast Experiences"
Defining Conscience
Conscience and Vision
Conscience and Living a Vision for Discipleship
Summary

Chapter 9. The Agape Response
Agape
Outka and "Universal Love"
Post and "Communion"
Self-Sacrifice and Oppression
Summary

Chapter 10. The Virtues of Responsibility
Aristotle on Virtue
Aquinas on Virtue
The Virtuous Christian
Summary
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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