Journal of Psychology and Christianity

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

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 1, Spring

Applying Hope-Focused Marriage Therapy to Conflict Resolution in Marriage: Case Study
The Hope-Focused Marriage Approach was developed by Worthington (1999) as a brief 5-12 week intervention with couples. The approach incorporates the growing research on beneficial and destructive processes in marriage. The Hope-Focused approach is Christian...
Autobiographical Reflections on Psychology and the Artistic Spirit
Whereas psychotherapy is often called an art, psychology clearly encompasses more than psychotherapy. In my years as a psychologist, I have often experienced artistic, creative moments not only in the therapy room but also when doing research as well...
Being Real on Holy Ground: The Lived Experience of Chaplains
Chaplains perform complex, unique services for patients through intimate, intense relationships. However, the chaplain's personal experience has not been investigated. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to describe and understand the meaning...
Christ-Like Love and Forgiveness: A Biblical Foundation for Counseling Practice
Although love and forgiveness are embraced as concepts that go hand-in-hand, seldom does the literature and research address the interconnectiveness from an in-depth scriptural explanation. This article develops a theocentric understanding of human forgiveness...
Empirically Based Principles of Therapeutic Change: Principles of Therapeutic Change That Work
I have previously provided brief reviews of the research literature relevant to clinical practice in the areas of empirically supported treatments or ESTs (Tan, 2001; see also Chambless & Ollendick, 2001; Nathan & Gorman, 2002; Roth & Fonagy,...
Essential Biblical Assumptions about Human Nature: A Modest Proposal
A review of the literature discussing the state of human nature by Christian mental health professionals indicates there has been ample discussion, but the content suffers either a paucity of breadth, depth, or economy. In response, the author proposes...
In Search of the Soul: Four Views of the Mind-Body Problem
IN SEARCH OF THE SOUL: FOUR VIEWS OF THE MIND-BODY PROBLEM. Edited by Joel B. Green, and Stuart L. Palmer. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2005. Pp. 223, Pb, $19.00. Reviewed by Bryan Auday and Lauren Buckel (Gordon College/Wenham, MA).What does...
LECTURES ON THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN, 3rd Edition
LECTURES ON THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN, 3rd Edition. Joan C. Chrisler, Carla Golden, & Patricia D. Rozee, (Eds.). 2004. McGraw Hill Publisher, Pb, pp. 397. Reviewed by Kelly M. Bassett (Roberts Wesleyan College/Rochester, NY).We often play a secondary...
Loves Me, Loves Me Not: The Ethics of Unrequited Love
LOVES ME, LOVES ME NOT: THE ETHICS OF UNREQUITED LOVE. Laura A. Smit, 2005. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. Pp. 205, Pb, $18.99. Reviewed by David C. Walther (Scottsdale Bible Church/Scottsdale, AZ).It is a delight to sit down with a curiously titled...
Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity
REAL SEX: THE NAKED TRUTH ABOUT CHASTITY. Lauren F. Winner. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2005. Pp. 175, $17.99, Hb. Reviewed by Lori A. Burkett (Regent University/Virginia Beach, VA).Laura Winner has opened the door, prepared an informative feast,...
Religion & Sexuality: Passionate Debates
RELIGION & SEXUALITY: PASSIONATE DEBATES. C. K. Robertson, (Ed.). New York: NY: Peter Lang Publishers, 2005, Pp. 255, $29.95, Pb. Reviewed by Jacqueline Gatewood (Regent University/Virginia Beach, VA).Robertson provides a viable metaphor for the...
Sex in the Bible: A New Consideration
SEX IN THE BIBLE: A NEW CONSIDERATION. J. Harold Ellens (2006). Westport, CT: Praeger. Reviewed by David W. Abbott (Growth Associates/Detroit, MI).J. Harold Ellens takes a comprehensive look at a controversial topic in an amazingly brief book (102 pages,...
Sexual Addiction and Christian College Men: Conceptual, Assessment, and Treatment Challenges
The sexual addiction concept, which conventionally assumes partnered sex, creates a dilemma when young, unmarried Christian men, such as those seen at Christian college counseling centers, eschew partnered sex because of religious pressures but are silently...
Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls: A Guide to Christian Approaches and Practices
SPIRITUAL DIRECTION AND THE CARE OF SOULS: A GUIDE TO CHRISTIAN APPROACHES AND PRACTICES. Gary W. Moon & David G. Benner (Eds.). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. 2004. Pp. 254. Reviewed by James R. Beck (Denver Seminary/Littleton, CO).Drs....
Spirituality and Personality: Accumulating Evidence
Generally speaking, research has suggested that more positive spiritual functioning is related to more positive functioning on a variety of dimensions of psychological health. In the current study, 190 religious adults completed 11 scales designed to...
Strengthquest: Discover and Develop Your Strengths in Academics, Career, and Beyond
STRENGTHQUEST: DISCOVER AND DEVELOP YOUR STRENGTHS IN ACADEMICS, CAREER, AND BEYOND. Donald O. Clifton and Edward Anderson. Washington, DC: Gallup, 2004. Reviewed by Geoffrey W. Sutton (Evangel University/Springfield, MO)."I was wrong!" Anderson introduces...
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less. How the Culture of Abundance Robs Us of Satisfaction
THE PARADOX OF CHOICE: WHY MORE IS LESS. HOW THE CULTURE OF ABUNDANCE ROBS US OF SATISFACTION. Barry Schwartz, 2005. New York: Ecco, Pp. 205, pb. Reviewed by Geoffrey W. Sutton (Evangel University/Springfield, MO).Schwartz attributes his thinking about...
The Reciprocating Self: Human Development in Theological Perspective
THE RECIPROCATING SELF: HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE. Jack O. Balswick, Pamela E. King, & Kevin S. Reimer, 2005. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, Pp. 334, npi. Reviewed by Tim Sisemore (Psychological Studies Institute/Chattanooga,...
The Tree of Life: Models of Christian Prayer
THE TREE OF LIFE: MODELS OF CHRISTIAN PRAYER. Steven Chase. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House. 2005. Pp. 299. Reviewed by James R. Beck (Denver Seminary/Littleton, CO).Few people will argue that their personal use of prayer is beyond improvement. Which...
The Winter Experience of Faith: Empirical, Theological, and Theoretical Perspectives
Recent research regarding the religious experience has suggested that a circumplex model may describe important features of the religious experience. Specifically, Beck (2006) observed that Complaint (e.g., disappointment, frustration, lament, doubt)...