Most of these books were written chiefly to assist the professional counselor and the pastor. This survey includes books by non-Christians of which the Christian counselor should be aware. The inclusion of a book does not necessarily mean endorsement of the author’s point of view.
CRISIS Psychological Assessment of Suicide Risk edited by Charles Neuringer (Charles C. Thomas) is a collection of articles on ways of assessing suicide risk, such as the use of lethality scales, the use of psychological tests, and analysis of the characteristics of suicidal persons. The book points out, however, that a unifying paradigm for the assessment of suicide risk has not yet been developed. Responding to Suicidal Crisis by Doman Lum (Eerdmans) tells how the church can respond to persons in crisis. Crisis Intervention edited by Gerald Specter and William Claiborn (Behavioral Publications) is a collection of essays from the Second Annual Symposium on Community-Clinical Psychology held at the University of Maryland. The Minister as Crisis Counselor by David K. Switzer (Abingdon) gives special direction to the minister who is called on to counsel in crisis. Although the author’s view of the sinfulness of man may raise questions, he offers helpful information on the pathology of grief and ministry to the grief-stricken.
Anticipatory Grief edited by Bernard Schoenberg et al. (Columbia University), a collection of articles by professionals in the fields of medicine, mental health, and the ministry, offers excellent insight into the care of the dying and their families. Anticipatory grief, the phenomenon of grief prior to actual loss, is discussed from the standpoint of both the variety of human responses and how those so grieving can be cared for ...1
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