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

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

by Neil Pembroke
 

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ISBN-10: 0789033658

ISBN-13: 9780789033659

Pub. Date: 08/01/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789033659
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/01/2007
Pages:
198
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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