Item description for A Theology of God-Talk: The Language of the Heart by J. Timothy Allen & Harold G. Koenig...
Use this common coping mechanism to help people respond to crises This thoughtful book offers a fresh theological interpretation for the ways people talk about God in times of crisis. A Theology of God-Talk: The Language of the Heart probes the meaning behind phrases like "It must have been God's will" and "The Lord took Uncle Harry." Though many caring professionals dismiss such talk as insensitive or irrational, these phrases offer powerful clues to the speaker's personal religious feelings. A Theology of God-Talk demonstrates the ways that God-talk moves the sufferer through the grief and doubt of the crisis. By recognizing the ways God-talk resembles myth, apocalyptic tale, tragedy, story, and even prayer--all literary categories--the caregiver can begin to help sufferers rewrite their personal narratives in the wake of tragedy. A Theology of God-Talk examines the crucial issues of God-talk, including: common false assumptions about it the theology of God-talk interpretations and misinterpretations how to glean counseling insights from God-talk differing stances for sufferers and survivors of tragedy. Bringing together psychology, theology, and narrative theory, this insghtful and sensitive book offers new ways of looking at this common reaction to crisis. A Theology of God-Talk is an instant classic and an essential resource for pastors, chaplains, therapists, grief counselors, and theologians.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.44" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.51" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Release Date Jun 4, 2002
ISBN 0789015153 ISBN13 9780789015150
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More About J. Timothy Allen & Harold G. Koenig
J. Timothy Allen is an author, writer, and award-winning professor of history, religion, and humanities. Working with Spring Friends Meeting members, Guilford College Library, and local historians, he has collected images, maps, and old Spring minutes and letters to tell the story of this long-standing Quaker meeting.