Finding a good, honest discussion of psychopathology from a Christian perspective is not easy. So it's with pleasure that we recommend this solid entry which analyzes disorders while addressing etiology, treatment, and prevention. Wonderfully informative for believing health professionals. 416 pages, hardcover. InterVarsity.
Modern Psychopathologies is addressed to students and mental health professionals who want to sort through contemporary secular understandings of psychopathology in relation to a Christian worldview. Written by well-known and respected scholars, the book, in nine core chapters, provides an introduction to a set of disorders along with overviews of current research on etiology, treatment and prevention. Prior chapters give a context for the integration of Christianity and the scientific study of psychopathology, and articulate integrative themes discussed throughout the book, providing a foundation for the concluding vision for Christian health professionals and the church. This is a unique and valuable resource for Christians studying psychology and counseling, or providing counseling services, pastoral care, Christian healing ministries or spiritual direction. Though fully capable of standing on its own, it is also a useful companion volume to Modern Psychotherapies by Stanton L. Jones and Richard E. Butman.
Mark Yarhouse (PsyD, Wheaton College) is the Hughes Endowed Chair and professor of psychology at Regent University where he directs the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity and is a core faculty member in the doctoral program in clinical psychology. A licensed clinical psychologist, he practices privately in the Virginia Beach area, providing individual, couples, family and group counseling. Yarhouse has published over eighty peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and is author or coauthor of several books, including and He serves on the editorial board of the and and has served as an ad hoc reviewer with
Richard E. Butman (Ph.D., Fuller Graduate School of Psychology) is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Wheaton College. He also maintains a part-time private practice in Wheaton, Illinois. He has contributed articles to various reference works, including (Baker), (Abingdon) and (IVP). He has also published articles in many professional journals, including
Barrett W. McRay (Psy.D., Wheaton College) is associate professor of Christian formation and ministry at Wheaton College. A licensed clinical psychologist, he is the clinical director at Alliance Clinical Associates in Wheaton, Illinois. He has cowritten articles published in and and he is a co-writer of the article
"This revised edition of Modern Psychopathologies will be a very useful text for courses in diagnosis and psychopathology in Christian institutions as well as an excellent resource for Christian students enrolled in secular schools. I appreciate the care the authors have taken to place contemporary conceptualizations of psychopathology within the historical context of pastoral care and current church ministry, as well as to incorporate discussion of theological concepts such as the role of sin and suffering. Their organization of the material around DSM-5 categories will help students better understand this diagnostic system, while their critiques of DSM-5 will help enable students to understand both its benefits and limitations."
"This second edition of Modern Psychopathologies continues to be a substantial contribution to the integration literature, with distinctively Christian perspectives on pastoral care, sin, and psychopathology. I highly recommend this clearly written and comprehensive book as an integrative text for courses on psychopathology as well as on integration."
"The second edition of this seminal work includes helpful information regarding diagnostic changes, both large and small, in DSM-5. The authors remain committed to a holistic understanding of human sufferingan approach that seeks to stimulate conversations about the complicated connections among the spiritual, psychological, religious, and secular notions of human dysfunction. Especially helpful is their concluding chapter on responsible care in an imperfect system. Students of abnormal psychology and the art of diagnosis will benefit from this useful and readable text."
"Integrating faith with science is a significant undertaking in Christian higher education. As one who teaches Introduction to Psychopathology to beginning clinical psychology doctoral students in a faith-based program, I am consistently searching for tools to assist in the process of integration. I was summarily impressed with the first edition of this book, having used it for several years. I am excited to endorse this second edition, which brings the text up to date with current diagnostic organization and nomenclature in the DSM-5. The authors make integration explicit, sharing connections between historical faith traditions, current faith practices and understanding, and the latest scientific evidence from psychopathology. They outline general frameworks for understanding psychopathology from scriptural, pastoral, and scientific lenses. They then move to nuanced exploration of specific groupings of disorders, maintaining this multiple-lens approach. This allows for the reader to consider pathology from various perspectives and begin the process of integration. I have not found a better tool for assisting students with integration around issues of psychopathology. I highly recommend this text."
"This book provides Christians in the helping professions with a solid scaffolding for integrating Christian doctrine and practice with psychopathology. The authors deal masterfully with the thorny and complex problem of the relationship between sin and psychopathology as well as the related issue of responsibility. This book combines the best and most recent advances in the understanding of psychopathology with the richness of Christian thought on human suffering, helping to create a vision for a Christian response that moves beyond symptom reduction to flourishing. I highly recommend this book to pastors and therapists seeking to more thoughtfully address human brokenness in all its varieties."
"Finally! A comprehensive Christian perspective on abnormal psychology. This book is grounded, insightful, biblical, practical, accessibleand long overdue. Everyone interested in exploring psychopathology from a Christian worldview will relish reading this updated edition of the book."
"Books on psychopathology are a dime a dozen. However, no other volume takes into consideration the centuries-old tradition of the treatment of the mentally ill by priests and pastors as well as carefully thought-out applied theologies relating sin to human frailty. When these considerations are combined with a definitive survey of contemporary theory and research, we have a seminal volume that will be a standard for years to come. I cannot think of a volume that better balances tradition with practice."
"Over the past century, the church and the behavioral sciences have sometimes been at odds over the causes and treatments of mental disorders. This work offers a well-reasoned rapprochement that takes seriously the long tradition of pastoral care and counseling within the church as well as the increasing body of knowledge being amassed in the biopsychosocial sciences."
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