Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling
McMinn, M. R. (2011) Psychology, theology, and spirituality in Christian counseling. (Rev. ed)
(S. Taylor. Ed) Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian counseling takes a deeper look into two secret places in counseling: what happens during counseling sessions and the spiritual life of the Christian counselor. McMinn (2011) places emphasis on spiritual formation and suggests it should be the third ingredient in the integration process. Throughout the book McMinn addresses several important aspects of a Christian’s life: psychological and spiritual health, prayer, scripture, sin, confession, forgiveness, and redemption. In each chapter McMinn mentions personal and professional challenges that may confront Christian counselors.
In chapter two McMinn (2011) introduces a map on psychological and spiritual health that allows us to consider accurate awareness of self, awareness of need, and healing relationships. McMinn states, “A balanced sense of self, brokenness, and close relationships with God and others bring maturity and health” (McMinn, 2011, p. 51). An accurate understanding of self allows for a greater emotional and spiritual growth experience. The accurate awareness of self involves moving past worries and concerns with self. An accurate self of need requires recognizing the need of God in our lives. A healing relationship is one that includes trust, respect, care, and empathy. All three of these areas are strengthened is effective Christian counseling.
The effects of prayer and using prayer in counseling are the two categories discussed in chapter three. According to Lambert prayer has two meaning in scripture, “prayer is petition, asking God for something and prayer is worship, reflecting God’s character” (McMinn, 2011, p. 84). McMinn mentions several types of prayer such as praying for clients outside of sessions,...