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The Reciprocating Self: Human Development In Theological Perspective [Paperback]

By Jack O. Balswick (Author), Pamela Ebstyne King (Author) & Kevin S. Reimer (Author)
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In this text Jack O. Balswick, Pamela King and Kevin S. Reimer lay out a theological basis for understanding the nature of persons and the self, and then on that basis work out the implications for the development and maturity of the self through various states of life. They also address the implications for ministry in the context of the life of the church. This is a book that will shed light on who we are and how we become who we were meant to be by being in right (reciprocal give and take) relationship with God through Christ and with each other.

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On the basis of a theologically grounded understanding of the nature of persons and the self, Jack O. Balswick, Pamela Ebstyne King and Kevin S. Reimer present a model of human development that ranges across all of life's stages: infancy, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle adulthood, elder adulthood. They do this by drawing on a biblical model of relationality, where the created goal or purpose of human development is to become a reciprocating self--fully and securely related to others and to God. Along the way, they provide a context for understanding individual development issues--concerns, tensions, worries or crises encountered by the self in the context of change. Awareness of these issues is most pronounced at developmental transitional points: learning to talk and walk, beginning to eat unassisted, going to school, developing secondary sexual physical features, leaving home, obtaining full-time employment, becoming engaged and then married, having a child for the first time, parenting an adolescent, watching children move away from home, retiring, experiencing decline in physical and mental health, and, finally, facing imminent death. Throughout, Balswick, King and Reimer contend that, since God has created human beings for relationship, to be a self in reciprocating relationships is of major importance in negotiating these developmental issues. Critically engaging social science research and theory, The Reciprocating Self offers an integrated approach that provides insight helpful to college and seminary students as well as those serving in the helping professions. Those preparing for or currently engaged in Christian ministry will be especially rewarded by the in-depth discussion of the implications for moral and faith development nurtured in the context of the life of the church.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: IVP Academic
Pages   334
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.12" Width: 6.05" Height: 0.93"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2005
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0830827935  
ISBN13  9780830827930  

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More About Jack O. Balswick, Pamela Ebstyne King & Kevin S. Reimer

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jack O. Balswick (PhD, University of Iowa) is senior professor of sociology and family development at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Judith K. Balswick (EdD, University of Georgia) is senior professor of marital and family therapy, also at Fuller. They have coauthored several books, including Authentic Human Sexuality and A Model for Marriage: Covenant, Grace, Empowerment, and Intimacy.

Jack O. Balswick currently resides in the state of Iowa.

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Excellent review of Developmental Theory with a twist  Nov 15, 2006
The Reciprocating Self is an excellent source for developmental psychology. I use this as a core text in a human development course I teach in a Christian University's marriage and family therapy program. I especially apprecite the authors' discussion of the values inherent in developmental research and theory. They do this through their identification and discussion of developmental teleology. Through the optimal identification of human development, one may ascertain the values implied in a developmental framework. In the begining of the work, they identify their own developmental teleology relying on Trinitarian theology. Thus they define the reciprocating self as the goal of human development. The remainder of the text reviews and critiques lifespan approaches, i.e., school age children, older adulthood, from their perspective. The focus is on mutual dialogue including both their model and respectable social science. My students have also commented on how easy this book reads.

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