Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Mending the Heart

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Mending the Heart

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Mending the Heart. By John Claypool. Cambridge, MA: Cowley Publications, 1999. xvii + 68 pp. $8.95 (paper).

John Claypool has taken the cornerstone of his teaching about the relationship between pastoral care and preaching and formulated that same teaching into an inspiring and hopeful book. He notes that our hearts, by the very fact that we are human and engaged with life, desire mending and healing. This healing takes place in relationship both to our awareness and acceptance of the human conditions and experiences which result in wounds and God's grace. These conditions and experiences he labels grievance (those wounds which we have experienced at the hands of others), guilt (those wounds in us and others which come about because of our own actions) and grief (those wounds of the heart caused by death and loss). He notes that each wound makes us vulnerable and at risk to choose either a destructive or a constructive path of healing. In his own faithful and biblically grounded way he teaches that through God's grace we can be led on a constructive path to healing. Through the use of stories (including the difficult experiences of his own life) and his deep faith in God, Claypool ignites the possibilities of hope and healing in the reader.

For those looking for a quick and ready reference towards an understanding of the uneasiness in their lives, this book will more than fulfill their expectations. …

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