...provides a much-needed resource to the field of Christian pastoral care and counselling. It integrates philosophical thought into theology and psychotherapeutic theory through discussion and case-based examples and practice. Not only is it an excellent resource for professional pastoral counsellors, it also provides profound insight for those in pastoral ministry who provide pastoral care in congregations and social ministry contexts. It is practical and down-to-earth while also engaging in depth of thought and reflection. I strongly recommend this book for use in Christian counselling and ministry education programs and for those already serving in counselling and pastoral ministry who desire to deepen and expand their thought and practice.
...the work of a mature teacher whose surefooted philosophical grasp offers a wise guide to learners and practitioners alike. Pembroke's wide-ranging study sets a new level of scholarship and sheer professionalism in a complex and challenging field.
This book is a "must-read," not only for pastoral counsellors themselves but also for all who teach pastoral counselling. Neil Pembroke reflects upon fundamental attitudes, skills, interventions and strategies of pastoral care and stresses the role of the person and her spiritual commitment at the same time. It is very inspiring how Pembroke unfolds his pastoral care as a three-way conversation involving philosophy, psychotherapy and theology. I found the philosophical perspectives especially illuminating and ground-breaking. This is a very well-balanced and sophisticated book which I can only recommend.
Foundations of Pastoral Counselling is set to become a new classic in twenty first century literature on the profession of ministerial caregiving. It revisits the foundation of Christian wisdom thinking; it represents a pastoral haven of hope, written from the spiritual depths of a 'wounded healer' for postmodern homo viator vagabonds. The book is like a ray of light within the theological space of academic reflection; it provides a deeper understanding of the Christian faith and promotes the dimension of spiritual healing and helping.
Intellectually sophisticated, theologically sound, clinically wise, and eminently practical, this book provides a rare and essential contribution: an exploration of the fundamental architectures of pastoral care and counselling. In examining well-established precepts with freshness, verve, and deep commitment, Pembroke invites each of us to clarify our own philosophical, theological, and theoretical positions, and examine the justifications for our own practices. Teachers and clinical supervisors will find it a rich resource in the classroom, students will find it a fruitful introduction to the disciplines of pastoral care and counselling, and experienced practitioners will find it a valuable exploration that will deepen their understanding of the framework of their vocation. Beyond its value in teaching, this essential text reinforces the beauty and critical importance of the arts of pastoral care and counselling