Accompanying people through painful life-changing events can be intimidating. In this concise guide, Stevenson-Moessner offers spiritual and emotional preparation for pastoral caregivers. Using the biblical parables of the Good Samaritan and the Good Shepherd, she stresses the interplay of the love of God, neighbor, and self; and imparts wisdom and support---whatever your situation or method. 96 pages, softcover from Fortress.
Based on her twenty years of teaching and on her own experience in pastoral care, Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner has written a basic pastoral-care text to assist in the emotional and spiritual preparation of pastoral caregivers. Stevenson-Moessner sees pastoral care as the interconnection and interplay of love of God, love of neighbor, and love of self. Her brief book engenders confidence and caring in the initiate, and assuages the fear and anxiety that naturally occur when one accompanies people in life-changing pain and travail. Through bibical parables - especially the Good Samaritan and the Good Shepherd - and stories from her own experience, Stevenson-Moessner imparts genuine wisdom and meaningful support to those who courageously dare to offer caregiving ministry in whatever situation or through whatever method or paradigm.