Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Christianity

Sin and Grace in Christian Counseling: An Integrative Paradigm

Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Christianity

Sin and Grace in Christian Counseling: An Integrative Paradigm

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SIN AND GRACE IN CHRISTIAN COUNSELING: AN INTEGRATIVE PARADIGM. Mark R. McMinn, 2008. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. Pp. 174, Pb.

This book is one of the early contributions to the joint publishing venture between IVP Academic and CAPS. If books to follow are of the same quality and caliber, then this series will prove profitable for our profession and the Kingdom. McMinn observes in the introduction to the book: "This book is an exploration of how Christian views of sin and grace relate to Christian counseling" (p. 12). The first chapter considers the apparent gap between how Biblical counselors and Integrative counselors think about the role of sin in clients' lives. The second chapter considers sin from a largely Augustinian perspective. God's gracious response to human sin is then considered in chapter three. Chapter four considers the intersections between sin and grace from psychological, theological, and spiritual perspectives. The remaining four chapters consider sin and grace from the multidimensional approach of Integrative Psychotherapy (a counseling approach proposed by McMinn and Campbell in another IVP book). This counseling model starts with the assumption that humans are created in the image of God and then applies psychology and theology within three intervention domains related to imago Dei: functional structural, and relational. …

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