McMinn`s Book Review
McMinn’s Book Review
Inhis book, Psychology,Theology, and Christianity in Christian Counseling,McMinn outlines practical guidelines on the implementation oftheology, psychology, and spiritualism in cognitive therapy. McMinn,being a proficient professor and counselor, makes emphasis on thesignificance of religion, spiritualism, and group therapy meetings inthe process of offering support to individuals with amelioratingunique aspects of their lives.
McMinnprovides both practicing therapists and readers with instances on howto assimilatefaith and prayer in therapeutic sessions. He continuesand lays down concrete evidence that spirituality isasuccessfulsystem, even when upon an interaction between anon-believerand a psychotherapistwhere the therapist can executethecognitive behavioral therapy as a foundation, applying spiritualfeatures into the counseling meetings. McMinn does not negate thegravity of creating both trust and mutual understanding betweenthe counselor and patient leading up to starting treatment.Understanding the Christian doctrines goes hand in hand with adiligent studying of the Scriptureaccompanied by praying, both whichform the new age basics of open confidence teachings.  AlthoughMcMinn consents to the fact that Christian and Biblical approach isnot standard in today`s counseling, the adoption of these methods bymost therapists and their tailor making to the patient`s opinions andrequests are considered paramount (McMinn, 2011). In the first partof the book, McMinn alludes that Christian authors shy from theexploration of psychology in their publications. The authorlayemphasis onthe importof putting the practicing the healing power offaith.
Therefore,it is of the essence that therapists become ardent and resilient onmatters touching their personal piousness as all specialistsemploying Christian teachings and doctrines throughout their sessionsshould strive for the achievement of spiritual maturity. Thus, theneed to scrutinize the scripts and implement them in the provision ofa right spiritual guidance is essential. The book then proffers, forChristian counselors, a practical compendium to foster the rightskills in the implementation of spirituality in the counseling field.It is peculiar to utilize Scripture as a healing instrument in modernpsychology however, its use should be frequent. Consequently,McMinn`smain aim of the book is realized to be the turning of theattention of Christian counselors’ to Scripture.
McMinnfurther highlights that usage of the Bible during the therapeuticsession can boost a patient’s condition and bring about a favorableoutcome generated from the absorption of God’s word. The authorcompels the counselor to initiate the discussion of sin withcautiousness (McMinn, 2011).Thus expedient for the psychiatrist to beknowledgeable on matters sin and the need to recognize it thusencouraging the patient and restore him/her to their previous senseof self.
WhenMcMinn mentions the power of forgiveness, he touches on a uniqueapproach to spiritual healing. The journey of the Israelites fromEygpt to Canaan crossed my mind. Upon reaching a fountain, they trieddrinking from it, but the waters were too bitter for them to drink,this they named the place, Marah.Most of the people around us havetasted the bitter waters and have, in turn, succumbed into the trapof bitterness either toward those who angered them or eventhemselves. The only exit from such is spiritual healing that isgrounded in Scriptural knowledge and experience. When people want toget rid of bitterness, be healed and forgive or be forgiven, theChristian counselor should, therefore, be ready to make available forthem examples, and tools of how to go past bitterness to forgivenessby developing and building on their faith on the Word of God. Faithis capable of creating an instant harmony between patients andtherapists, for that reason, it is imperative that counselors do notdisregard the spiritual aspect of healing.
Afterreading the book, McMinn conveys a vast amount of knowledge on how aChristian therapist should be doing during a session with a client.He meticulously lays down a framework which blends spirituality withpsychology and theology and though there is a plethora of literatureon psychological approaches, none comes close to McMinn`s. Evidencedby actual happenings, the author pleads a very reasonable case whichI as a Christian counselor, would most definitely adopt the methodsand techniques detailed in the book.
Theinception of novel ideas and methods stipulated by McMinn allow incooperation, the client and the therapist to grow. The fact thatMcMinn becomes more psychoanalytical through the personal therapy hetakes part in is remarkable. Indeed, this opens my eyes to therealization that the development of skills I would later employ as atherapist is wanting.
Throughreading the book, I missed the infinite consciousness of the correctway of integration of prayer and scripture in the therapeutic sessionwithout making the client experience awkward and disconcertingfeelings. Hence, McMinn, in my opinion, should have shed more lighton how to face a client with entirely different Christian doctrineand practices. Not forgetting, confronted with the unspoken questionof when to introduce the subject of spiritualism Christiantherapists, as most client’s demand, build a gradualtherapist-client relationship before the rise of such matters thus, aChristian counselor ought tobe keen in the identification of theappropriate time to introduce spiritualism.
Lastly,another concern that came to mind is the patients’ view of thetherapeutic process.
Workingwith different age groups poses a challenge to the counselor. Forinstance, teenagers are said to be unknowledgeable on matters theWord of God. Thus the therapist has to water down a whole load ofinformation which is viewed as over spiritualism and a batteringusing the bible. Hence, it begs to question, how does a Christiantherapist start counseling a teenager who does not knowmuch aboutGod’s amazing love?
McMinn’sbook equips the Christian counselor in the attainment of a newposition of wisdom that can help the therapist to be more discerning,fruitful, and have positive results.I would like most to ascertainthe methods that work in the process of assisting my clients andpatients. Ergo, the following are the points I saw best to employ inmy therapeutic process
Taking cognitive behavioral therapy as a route, I come to the knowledge of the importance of obtaining healing through confession, which later leads to forgiveness and cumulates in holistic counseling. It`s my desire to experience firsthand the results stemming from the implementation of spirituality in therapy. The greatest challenge that I foresee with this is the non-acceptance of forgiveness by the clients as most of them see that they are the wronged party whereas in some cases they are the perpetrators of wrongdoing.
McMinn made me realize that it is my obligation to evolve in my spiritual life and pay close attention to the improvement of my prayer life. The growth in both prayer and Biblical knowledge in the field of psychology tends to be at war with some long-held beliefs. For instance, it is only fair that if you are wronged you repay back. In viewing the scenario from the Christian perspective, it is much more prudent to forgive. These different values tend to pose a difficult time for the therapist in as much as they would like to help, so torn between what the client would like to hear, the counselor ends up saying what the client expects to hear.
The book offered me with case studies from which I can learn how to put into practice those religious features brought about by McMinn into my therapeutic sessions especially when the patient is not a Christian which I would heavily borrow from the conversation with the African woman in the book. The greatest challenge then becomes a counseling session with an atheist or a client holding different beliefs. Doctrinal believes would, therefore, be at war and it would result in naturally, the client or I as the counselor becoming defensive of the beliefs that one holds dear. That being so, the resultant conversation would yield little or no fruit at all if scriptural knowledge is employed.
McMinn,M. R. (2011). Psychology,theology, and spirituality in Christian counseling (Rev.ed.).CarolStream, IL: Tyndale House.
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