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Images of Pastoral Care

Robert C. Dykstra

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ISBN 10: 0827216246 / ISBN 13: 9780827216242
Published by Chalice Press, 2005
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Title: Images of Pastoral Care

Publisher: Chalice Press

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Paperback

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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. Includes readings by: Anton T. Boisen, Alastair V. Campbell, Donald Capps, James E. Dittes, Robert C. Dykstra, Heije Faber, Charles V. Gerkin, Brita L. Gill-Austern, Karen R. Hanson, Seward Hiltner, Margaret Zipse Kornfeld, Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, Jeanne Stevenson Moessner, Henri J. M. Nouwen, Gaylord Noyce, Paul W. Pruyser, Edward P. Wimberly.

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"Dykstra, who is among the most imaginative pastoral theologians today, invites us to imagine, with him and others, what caring ministries require and what caring ministers may do. Bringing together in one volume discussions of various metaphors for ministry, including those proposed by pioneers and present-day shapers of pastoral theology, this unique and superb book provides not only a typology of approaches but also current trajectories for an aspect of ministry that remains fluid and open-ended. Dykstra's gifts for synthesis and clarity shine in introductions to chapters on others' metaphors, and he demonstrates his own capacity for imagination by adding to the mix the metaphor of 'The Intimate Stranger.' Wishing this important book had been available when I was a student seeking to take in both the landscapes and possibilities of caring ministries, I look forward to imagining with my students in new ways!" Allan Hugh Cole, Jr., Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

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