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Hope in pastoral care and counseling

Author: Andrew D Lester
Publisher: Louisville, Ky. : Westminster John Knox Press, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In this ground-breaking book, pastoral counselor Andrew Lester demonstrates that pastoral theology (as well as social and behavioral sciences) has neglected to address effectively the predominant cause of human suffering: a lack of hope, a sense of futurelessness. Lester examines the reasons that pastoral theology and other social and behavioral sciences have overlooked the importance of hope and despair in the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew D Lester
ISBN: 0664255884 9780664255886
OCLC Number: 31243295
Description: 168 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The power of future in human existence --
Narrative theory and future stories --
Future stories and human brokenness --
Future stories and hope --
Future stories and despair --
The dynamics of hope and despair --
Hearing the future story --
Resistance to exploring future stories --
Confronting dysfunctional future stories --
Construction of hopeful future stories.
Responsibility: Andrew D. Lester.

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"In this ground-breaking book, pastoral counselor Andrew Lester demonstrates that pastoral theology (as well as social and behavioral sciences) has neglected to address effectively the predominant cause of human suffering: a lack of hope, a sense of futurelessness. Lester examines the reasons that pastoral theology and other social and behavioral sciences have overlooked the importance of hope and despair in the past. He then offers a starting point for the development of addressing these significant dimensions of human life. He provides clinical theories and methods for pastoral assessment of and intervention with those who despair. He also puts forth strategies for assessing the future stories of those who despair and offers a corrective to these stories through deconstruction, reframing, and reconstruction." "This book will be invaluable to pastoral caregivers who are looking for a vantage point from which to provide care and to pastoral theologians who are seeking to develop a theological lens through which to understand the human condition."--Jacket.

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