What do Alfred Adler, William Glasser, Albert Ellis, and Jesus have in common? Together they can help you have healthier relationships now. You don't have to be an ordained minister or a trained psychologist to appreciate the simple concepts found in this book: Reviews: Rev. Jones achieved the pledge he made in the book's introduction to offer from psychology and the gospel accounts of the life of Jesus practical help for living in relationships. In each chapter he uses biblical texts, stories and quotations to challenge the reader's thinking. A section on applying each chapter's content to life is included, along with a personal exercise.He effectively challenges the questions people ask themselves to achieve personal and spiritual growth. Instead of "Who is God?" Jones says we should ask "Where is God?" A better self-directed question than "Who am I?" should be "Where am I going?" In answering these questions, we come to understand God is where the sinners are and we should be where God is.I strongly recommend this book.~~David Jones leads the reader through laughter to a deeper understanding of loving. David himself has the master's touch in terms of describing relationship challenges and rewards. If you believe smiling is a big part of loving, you will enjoy this read.~~I've read a lot of books, seen a lot of movies, listened to a lot records, and heard a lot of lectures, but there are very few works that have affected me as deeply and positively as "The Psychology of Jesus" by David Jones. Part of it is because the book "came to me" at a time when I "chose" to engage (calling on key concepts in the book). But, it's much more than that.Anyone could pick up this book and immediately be snared by its deceptively simple prose and straightforward delivery. But, the mark of all good writers is to only leave in the words and sentences that are necessary to go forward, to go..go...go. Jones does this effectively and so, as readers and seekers, we move with him.One of the key concepts in the book is that we need to stand outside of labels (re; ourselves and others) to claim our place in community, and live healthier lives. The genius of this book is that Jones utilizes scripture, psychology, eastern thought, personal experience, and pop culture references to support his ideas in a fashion that mirrors this basic idea. In other words, as a writer, he is refusing to be pigeonholed, as he points out signposts to the journey."The Psychology of Jesus" is that rarest of books, one that stays with you long after the last page has been turned. I can't put it down, because even when I do, it comes back to me. And, like an old friend, it beckons me, to go back and look again, at what Jesus said, at what Adler said, at what Jones said, or even at what Ziggy said - and continue the beautiful challenge that is life. I highly recommend it!I read this book in a group setting over the course of several weeks. We discussed 2 chapters at a time in the group each week. The subtitle of the book is very revealing and very appropriate---"Practical Help for Living in a Relationship". The author takes various text readings from the Bible all involving Jesus obviously and then breaks down the "movements" of Jesus. Jesus is interacting with people in all the chosen text excerpts--and so the challenge is to see how we can apply this interaction into our own modern day relationships.
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About the Author
David Jones grew up in the shadow of a textile mill in South Carolina where his father worked as the plant manager. In the mill village he learned about hard work, league softball, church picnics, neighborhood hospitality, and front porch story tellers. At age nineteen, David got his first job running a church youth program and took his father's work ethic and sense of the southern parish into the pastorate. Along the way, he met Carrie Richards from Ada, Michigan and convinced her to give up cold winters for hot summers and join him on the coast of South Carolina. They recently celebrated their twentieth wedding anniversary. Today, they live outside Nashville, TN with their three children: Cayla, Abbie, and Nathan.