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Foundations for Soul Care: A Christian Psychology Proposal [Hardcover]

By Eric L. Johnson (Author)
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Eric L. Johnson proceeds to offer a new framework for the care of souls that is comprehensive in scope, yet flows from a Christian understanding of human beings--what amounts to a distinctly Christian version of psychology. This book is a must-read for any serious Christian teacher, student, or practitioner in the fields of psychology or counseling.

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In this groundbreaking work of first-order scholarship, Eric Johnson makes a vitally important contribution to the field of Christian counseling. He first presents a detailed overview and appreciative but critical evaluation of the reigning paradigms in the field of Christian counseling, particularly biblical counseling and integration. Building on their respective strengths, he seeks to move beyond the current impasse in the field and develop a more unified?and robustly Christian understanding. Drawing upon the Bible and various Christian intellectual and soul care traditions, and through a Christian reinterpretation of relevant modern psychological theory and research, Johnson proceeds to offer a new framework for the care of souls that is comprehensive in scope, yet flows from a Christian understanding of human beings--what amounts to a distinctly Christian version of psychology. This book is a must-read for any serious Christian teacher, student, or practitioner in the fields of psychology or counseling.

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Studio: IVP Academic
Pages   716
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.14" Width: 6.64" Height: 2.26"
Weight:   2.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2007
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830825673  
ISBN13  9780830825677  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Eric L. Johnson (PhD, Michigan State University) is an associate professor of personality and pastoral theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Johnson has written articles for the Journal of Psychology and Theology, Journal of Psychology and Christianity, Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology, and the Journal of Evangelical Theological Society.

Eric L. Johnson was born in 1933.

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Great Unifying Resource  Dec 17, 2007
I am grateful for this attempt to bring the fields into discussion regarding soul care.
Mr. Johnson's Opus  Aug 27, 2007
Eric Johnson combines scriptural interpretation with astute observation to develop a deep, thoughtful, intellectual, and complex (in the best senses of those words) approach to Christian psychology. Yet Johnson's work is eminently practical in its purpose and outcome.

Johnson shows how insight into human nature leads to Christlikeness--maturity in reflecting the Creator of human nature. He does so through biblical theology, historical theology, and practical theology.

I highly recommend Foundations as a core text that expands the conversation regarding what makes Christian counseling truly Christian. Readers won't agree with every point, but with eminent scholarship Johnson thoroughly addresses every point worth discussing."

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 Spiritual Direction .
The Kratos of Soul Healing  Aug 19, 2007
Eric Johnson's new title, Foundations for Soul Care, is a mammoth of psychospiritual elucidations,religious history, philosophical intricacies, and psychological discoveries.

A Christian Psychology, in Johnson's appraisal is, "a science in the approximation to the knowledge of God about human beings." Johnson's work is quite commendable for his, fair-mindedness, erudition, clinical sophistication, and biblical accuracy.

Johnson's Reformed epistemology is quite evident throughout his book's main proposal: Christians ought to do soulcare from a Theocentric and biblically rooted epistemology about the nature of human beings. The current waves of psychological therapies are, according to Johnson, based on a reductionistic/mechanico-biological worldview of care. These models have neglected the ethicospiritual aspects or spheres of created beings. At the same time, such a neglect of the other spheres of created beings by the psychological/counseling community, e.g., psychosocial, ethical, spiritual, has therefore created a serious damage to the created structures of created beings, and a false dichotomy between a "secular" and "sacred" cosmos.

Johnson's theology informs him at this point to declare all of the created order, and consequently, of created beings, as belonging to God the creator of the Universe. In other words, Jesus is the Lord of Psychology,and as such, Christians doing soulcare ought to become bilingual in the dialects of modern psychological science, in order to bring the most glory to Christ.

Created beings and the created order, Johnson informs us, are fallen and tarnished by sin. So, doing Christian soulcare has to be based on the Bible (as the soulcare provider's main template), but it should also have a template that is highly sophisticated in the understanding of psychological/neuroscience research.

Scripture is to become our lens to appreciate the goodness of God in the created order (secular psychological discoveries should be read, digested, critiqued, and biblically exegeted in order to know anything that God in his goodness has granted his fallen created beings to know about human nature).

Johnson's book is a seminal work that merits serious consideration by those institutions, guilds, and religious communities that seek to glorify God in their soul care. Johnson's proposed model for a Christian Psychology For Soul Care, stands quite apart from models of counseling that seek to root the care of souls on a purely bibliocentric perspective; while becoming neglecful of the significance of psychological science. Truth is also found in the created order, and as such, Christian soulcare providers ought to engage their world with the biblical lens of scripture to read the book of nature (e.g., Calvin's "Institutes").

Johnson's treatment of the issues is, however,quite fair in dealing with the disparities, confusion, or lack of a clear consensus within both the BC Models of soul care; but also by critiquing the lack of consensus within the traditional integrationist approaches that are in vogue in the counseling field today. His distinctions, between Traditional Biblical counseling and the Progressive Biblical counseling approaches are quite helpful for readers who may be unaware of these particulars.

His book is intellectual, well-informed, detailed (thus the size), biblically attentive, hermeneutically grounded, and bilingual.
Johnson starts his proposed model by emphasizing the basis of Christian soul care---soul care ought to be rooted in the Bible- thus, Johnson presents a high view of the Bible. Such a high view of the Scriptures, guides his endeavors in this book.

At the same time, what is quite appealing in his proposal (see chapter 11 of his book)is the suggestion that, Christians doing soulcare ought to develop a biblical template (nurtured by Bible study, scripture memorization, and prayer)that would permit them to read, with the aim of bringing glory to God, the various templates that have being developed by "secular" models of therapy and soulcare.In this regard then, Christian soulcare providers ought to become bilingual (see,Wayne Oates "Pastoral Counseling.")

What is remarkable in Johnson's proposal for a Christian psychology, is his high view of Scripture. Furthermore, Johnson suggests that this template or lens (see,John Calvin's "Institutes for the Christian Religion.")should be also nurtured (formed) by the study and appraisal of the Christian classics, which explain and expand the biblical doctrines of scripture.

Not to spoil future readers' fun, suffice it to say that, this work has been long awaited for. It is a radical challenge to Christian soulcare providers to not "become afraid of psychological science," nor to lag in "creating a Christian science of psychology," and to "have a high view for the Bible," as they seek to bring the most glory to God within his created order in the universe,and the souls of human beings.

The book is informed by semiotic theory and speech-acts theory throughout; but, it reads easily. As stated above, Johnson is quite detailed in his writing here, so the reader should be prepared to bear with some "excursions," in his writing. A semiodiscursive understanding of intertextuality pervades Johnson's proposal as well.

This book, which Jonson dedicates to his lovely wife Rebekah, has been the epitome of his love for the Church of Jesus Christ. His contribution to soulcare should be greatly appreciated and validated as the right step towards the realization of a biblically based, psychologically well-informed, and spiritually wise journey into the depths of the human soul.

Johnson presents and elaborates on other biblical concepts such as: the dynamics between interiority/outwardness, the role of the Holy Spirit in Soul care,the biblical doctrine of the Triune God, the imago Die (image of God in created beings), and Christoformity (through counseling to develop in the counselee the character of Christ).These and many more issues are seriously dealt with by Johnson in his masterful, balanced, compassionate, and biblically astute treatise.

Now that you have received a foretaste of what is to come. I have only one word for you: Take up (the book) and Read!
Best Regards,
To God Alone the Utmost Glory, and Peace and Love to His Church. Through Christ, he who is the Lord of the Church.!!

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