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A History of Pastoral Care in America: From Salvation to Self-Realization [Paperback]

By E. Brooks Holifield (Author)
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A History of Pastoral Care in America: From Salvation to Self-Realization by E. Brooks Holifield

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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Pages   416
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2005
Publisher   Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN  1597523429  
ISBN13  9781597523424  

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E. Brooks Holifield is Charles Howard Candler Professor of American Church History, Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He is former president of the American Society for Church History and the author of several books on American religious history including Era of Persuasion: American Thought and Culture, 1521-1680.

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Peerless  Aug 30, 2006
"A History of Pastoral Care in America" is peerless. Others such as Clebsch and Jaekle and McNeil have written broad histories of soul care, but none have tackled the challenge of a focused study of soul care and spiritual direction in American religious history. Until now.

E. Brooks Holifield has penned the comprehensive guide that traces the trajectory of American pastoral care. Holifield is dead on when he notes that every pastor adopts wittingly or unwittingly some theory of pastoral counseling. Unfortunately, many either have no model, or follow models that are bereft of biblical and historical substance. Attention to Holifield's findings can assist post-modern pastors to sidestep this tendency.

Holifield's greatest gift in this book is his ability to synthesize large tracks of material. In particular, his subtitle communicates his understanding of the historical path taken by American pastors: "from salvation to self-realization." In my opinion, this synthesis is both the key strength of the book and one possible weakness. Agreed, the noted shift has occurred--from a God-centered, sin-focused ministry to a humanity-centered, self-help ministry. That is not at issue. The question is whether the shift is as comprehensive as plotted. Perhaps this tension has always existed in pastoral care, not only in America. And, perhaps more than a few have avoided this pitfall, even in recent pastoral ministry. One problem is the need for careful definition. What makes pastoral ministry "self-realization" related? Aside from this possible overstatement and underdefinition, Hoifield's work is flawless and peerless.

Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Soul Physicians," "Spiritual Friends," and "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spirtual Direction."

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