Journal of Psychology and Christianity

Journal of Psychology and Christianity is a magazine focusing on Psychology and Christianity

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 2, Summer

Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life
AGING WELL: SURPRISING GUIDEPOSTS TO A HAPPIER LIFE. George E. Vaillant, MD. New York: Little, Brown & Co., 2002. Pp. 273- $14.99ISBN 0-316-09007-7. Pb. Reviewed by Kathryn R. Ward and Geoffrey W. Sutton (Evangel University/Springfield, MO).What...
A Guide to Orthodox Psychotherapy: The Science, Theology, and Spiritual Practice Behind It and Its Clinical Application
A GUIDE TO ORTHODOX PSYCHOTHERAPY: THE SCIENCE, THEOLOGY, AND SPIRITUAL PRACTICE BEHIND IT AND ITS CLINICAL APPLICATION Archbishop Chrysostomos. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2007. Pp. 111. Reviewed by John Eric Swenson III (McMurry University/Abilene,...
A Holistic Psychology of Persons: Implications for Theory and Practice
A Christian worldview that takes seriously the idea of personhood as a holistic unity presents an ideal perspective from which to explore human behavior as an expression of biological, psychological, and social influences (the "biopsychosocial" perspective...
Clinical Use of Explicit Religious Approaches: Christian Role Integration Issues
Christian counseling and soul care is a broad and ancient part of Christianity that predates the contemporary mental health professions. In recent years, explicitly religious interventions have been increasingly advanced as tools for treatment and, in...
Considerations and Recommendations for Use of Religiously Based Interventions in a Licensed Setting
Human beings are uniquely created with varying degrees of biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual differences. Research suggests that many clients bring spiritual issues and concerns to counseling and request religiously accommodating...
Do Lay Christian Counseling Approaches Work? What We Currently Know
Paraprofessional counseling has received empirical evidence of its effectiveness, yet the status of lay Christian counseling models remains unknown. The authors review the current research on such approaches. A few models evidence practitioner surveys,...
Epistemological Approaches to Inner Healing and Integration
While pastoral care has been expounded upon at least since the birth of the church, psychology as a discipline unto itself is only a few hundred years old at best. As the field of psychology advances, there is an increasing interest in integration of...
Ex-Gays? a Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation
EX-GAYS? A LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF RELIGIOUSLY MEDIATED CHANGE IN SEXUAL ORIENTATION. Stanton L. Jones & Mark ?. Yarhouse. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2007. Pp. 414, pb. Reviewed by Rod Bassett (Roberts Wesleyan College/Rochester, NY).In a paper...
God as Healer: A Closer Look at Biblical Images of Inner Healing with Guiding Questions for Counselors
The Christian community almost never speaks with one voice about any one tenet of the faith. Yet there are tenets that the majority of Christ followers assert. One of these fundamental beliefs is that God heals and restores broken people. Doctors may...
Guest Editor's Page
This special edition is the culmination of a project which began in my Ethics class at Regent University in January 2004. Challenged with a group project of presenting the ethical issues involved with Theophostic Prayer Ministry (TPM), I began research...
Lay Christian Counseling and Client Expectations for Integration in Therapy
As lay approaches to Christian counseling have multiplied and become increasingly sophisticated, we hypothesize that these might affect expectations of conservative Christian clients for professional integrative psychotherapy. Accordingly, we review...
'Love the Lord with All Your Mind': Explorations on a Possible Neurobiology of the Experience of God and Some Implications for the Practice of Psychotherapy
A central suggestion of this article is that humans are designed to relate to God. The coordinated activation and deactivation of diverse brain systems provide the matrix for a neurobiology of the experience of God. A review of the literature in neurobiology,...
Psychology and the Bible: A New Way to Read the Scriptures
PSYCHOLOGY AND THE BIBLE: A NEW WAY TO READ THE SCRIPTURES (4 volumes). J. Harold Ellens and Wayne G. Rollins (Eds.). Westport, CN: Praeger. 2004. Pp. 1424. $315.00. Reviewed by Donald E. Ratcliff (Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL) and Stephen E. Ratcliff...
Theophostic Prayer Ministry in Clinical Practice: Issues and Concerns
Theophostic Prayer Ministry (TPM) has been used in pastoral care settings for almost ten years and has quickly spread from the church setting into other arenas from which Christian licensed psychologists operate. While TPM appears to be a viable model...
Therapy after Terror: 9/11, Psychotherapists, and Mental Health
THERAPY AFTER TERROR: 9/11, PSYCHOTHERAPISTS, AND MENTAL HEALTH. Karen M. Seeley. New York: Cambridge University Press. Hardcover. 242 pp. $35.00. ISBN: 978-0-521-88422-8. Reviewed by September K. Trent and Geoffrey W. Sutton (Evangel University/Springfield,...

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