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The Healing of Teddy Bears, by psychotherapist and one-time Christian pastor Don L. Nickerson, calls for the creation of an imaginative faith based on inner consciousness of God, rather than one constructed around external authority, whether Papal, biblical, Islamic, or charismatic claims.
Mr. Nickerson illustrates this shift to a highly individuated and creative faith from his own lengthy journey from Christian fundamentalism to mysticism.
The author believes that faith, as an authentic, dynamic process, requires "innocence of heart," honesty of intention, and imagination. He is especially interested in the issues of illness, aging, and mortality, and how we shape a less public, but deeper and more personal faith from such experiences.
Nickerson jokingly says, "There's something in this book to offend everybody and something that will encourage anybody."
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Don Nickerson holds separate degrees in philosophy and counseling from Stanford University, in biblical studies from Cincinnati Bible Seminary, and in theology from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston. He is also a poet. For twenty-two years he was adjunct professor of Gestalt Process in the graduate counseling program of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where he was also Director of Counseling for ten years. He lives with his wife, Linda Larsen, in the SaddleBrooke community of Tucson, Arizona.
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Book Description Wheatmark. Hardcover. Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Seller Inventory # 2963555648