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Caring for Souls: Counseling Under the Authority of Scripture [Hardcover]

By Harry Shields (Author) & Gary Bredfeldt (Author)
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Can Scripture be used effectively in counseling? Shields and Bredfeldt think so. Offering in-depth evaluations of biblical, biological, behavorial, psychoanalytic, humanistic, and cognitive approaches, they guide you in implementing the practice of spiritual direction in counseling sessions. Their penetrating insights will aid you in helping clients deal with fear, hopelessness, anger, guilt, and marital problems.

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"Caring for Souls" is a helpful primer on the intersection of psychology and Scripture. How psychology fits into Christianity is a thorny and often confusing subject for many. There is a great deal of disagreement even among experts. In "Caring for Souls," Gary Bredfeldt and Harry Shields address the intersection of Scripture and psychology in Christian counseling. The authors address different approaches and analyze them against Scripture, and then provide readers with practical teaching on implementing biblical counseling.

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  • CBA Retailers - 01/01/2001 page 126

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Studio: Moody Publishers
Pages   568
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.61"
Weight:   2.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2001
Publisher   Moody Publishers
Edition  New  
ISBN  0802437419  
ISBN13  9780802437419  

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More About Harry Shields & Gary Bredfeldt

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! HARRY SHIELDS has served pastorates in Illinois and Colorado and currently serves on the graduate school faculty of the Moody Bible Institute. He is co-author of "Caring for Souls: Counseling under the Authority of Scripture." He and his wife have two adult sons, who are also involved in local church ministries. Harry and his wife, Carol, reside in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
GARY J. BREDFELDT (M.A., Denver Seminary; Ph.D., Trinity International University) has been married to Marlene for nearly forty years and is the father of four adult children: Lynne, Stephen, Michael, and Amy. He is a resident of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where he serves as Vice President for Global Impact at Lancaster Bible College. Gary has also served as an administrator and faculty member at four prominent theological institutions: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY), Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, IL) and Tyndale College and Seminary (Toronto, ON). He is the author of four books, three of those with Moody Publishers: "Great Leader, Great Teacher; Caring for Souls: Counseling Under the Authority of Scripture," and "Creative Bible Teaching."

Harry Shields currently resides in Crystal Lake, in the state of Illinois. Harry Shields was born in 1946.

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A Balanced, Broad Introduction  Jan 18, 2006
In "Caring for Souls," co-authors Gary Bredfeldt and Harry Shields offer an introduction to soul care and spiritual friendship.

In Part I, Bredfeldt highlights a theology of soul care beginning with an examination of biblical authority and sufficiency, beginning with a historical overview of positions taken. He continues with a study of the continuum of approaches regarding integration versus non-integration.

In his next two chapters, Bredfeldt examines a biblical anthropology (a biblical psychology of the nature of human nature). Like the first chapter, the materials compare and contrast views along a wide spectrum. Chapters four through eight explore Bredfeldt's analysis of five psychological models, evaluated from his Christian counseling grid. This serves as an interesting introduction to one Christian appraisal of secular theory.

In Part II, Shields shares his methodology of spiritual counsel. His opening two chapters provide a broad intervention model. His model, however, does not seem to directly relate to the theological model presented in Part I. It appears to follow general counseling intervention practices without building upon a biblical intervention approach. He then offers five chapters on how to intervene in specific situations (hopelessness, fear, anger, guilt, and marital conflict).

Overall, "Caring for Souls" can provide a fine college-level introduction to one model of Christian counseling theory and practice.

Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction," "Soul Physicians," "Spiritual Friends," and the forthcoming "Sacred Friendships: Listening to the Voices of Women Soul Care-Givers and Spiritual Directors."

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