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Images of Pastoral Care: Classic Readings This book is an edited volume of works that have predominated over the past several decades in contemporary pastoral theology Through the writings of nineteen leading voices in the history of pastoral care, Dykstra shows how each contributor developed a metaphor for understanding pastoral care Such metaphors include the solicitous shepherd, the wounded healer, the intimate stranger, the midwife, and other tangible images Through these works, the reader gains a sense of the varied identities of pastoral care professionals, their struggles for recognition in this often controversial field, and insight into the history of the disciple Images of Pastoral Care includes readings by Anton Boisen, Alastair Campbell, Donald Capps, James Dittes, Robert Dykstra, Heije Faber, Charles Gerkin, Brita Gill Austern, Karen Hanson, Seward Hiltner, Margaret Zipse Kornfeld, Bonnie Miller McLe, Jeanne Stevenson Moessner, Henri Nouwen, Gaylord Noyce, Paul Pruyser, and Edward Wimberly



10 thoughts on “Images of Pastoral Care: Classic Readings

  1. says:

    As with any compilation of essays, some are much stronger than others More good than bad although a couple were laughably bad Still, a helpful and creative use of metaphor to capture diverse aspects of pastoral care.


  2. says:

    I found this book to be an incredible composition of a multitude of different perspectives on pastoral care It does not go very deep and to anyone particular topic but gives you a great survey of some of the great perspectives in the field of pastoral care well worth the read.


  3. says:

    For anyone interested in a serious study of the intellectual and spiritual foundation of pastoral care, this books is essential reading I did not find all of the essay compelling but reading each of them was an important part of my learning.


  4. says:

    Some interesting concepts Sometimes helpful Sometimes repetitive.


  5. says:

    One of my favorite books on pastoral theology It is an anthology of metaphors such as Wounded Healer, Living Human Documents, Wise Fool, andthat inform modern pastoral care A favorite of mine from the book was Circus Clown Great read.


  6. says:

    A collection of essays compiled by Dykstra illuminating different images of pastoral care Personally, I found some of the imageshelpful than others for my ministry, as is to be expected I particularly like how Dykstra balancedtraditional and masculine images with feminist perspectives by pastoral theologians like Miller McLe A great introduction to these theologians work.


  7. says:

    Pastoral models help us becomeconscious of how our pastoral self understanding informs our praxis, andconscious of the fact that differences in the way pastors approach problems and needs are not merely differences in style but in pastoral self understanding.


  8. says:

    Good collection of older images.


  9. says:

    It is a good collection, the arena just was not my cup tea


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About the Author: Robert C. Dykstra

Robert C Dykstra is the Charlotte W Newcombe Professor of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he earned both the M.Div and Ph.D degrees A native of Minnesota, he is a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church USA and an ordained Presbyterian minister He served for a number of years as a minister, youth minister, hospital chaplain, and pastoral counselor His academic interests include pastoral care and counseling, contemporary psychoanalytic theory and developmental psychology, pastoral preaching, and the integration of biblical and theological precepts with contemporary research in the human sciences.


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