The first part of the book Psychology, Theology, and Spiritualityin Christian Counseling looks at the way that prayers andscriptures are incorporated into counseling. More important, it looksat the issues from a psychological perspective while insisting thatone does not have to rely on the prayers alone. For instance, McMinn(2011) shows that depending on the prayers mostly leads to dependencyas well as ritualism that will undermine the objectives. In fact, healso asserts that scriptures are useful in assessing the credibilityof certain counseling techniques. The Bible also reveals the truthand shows how to intervene while handling a specific issue.
The second part, on the other hand, handles multiple concepts thatshow how the counselor should handle the client. For instance, itlooks at sin and determines the influence of the sickness on theirbehavior. However, it shows that the personal responsibility isinstrumental and one should not make the victim feel guilty instead.Later, McMinn (2011) also evaluates a counselor can look at thenature of confession while looking at the therapeutic interventionwithout making the client feel ashamed. The author insists that “anaccurate understanding of sin and confession” often results in“humility and hope” (McMinn, 2011, p. 181). The part also wantsthe counselors to acknowledge the essence of the client actingvoluntarily while revealing important information about his personalsins. It also shows that the revelation should reduce the guilt thatone might have at that particular time. McMinn also explains thatforgiveness is the combination of duty, technique as welladversarial. In fact, the book shows that the three concepts help inseeking the truth and avoid shame and fear that might undermine theoutcomes. Lastly, he evaluates redemption and indicates that it has“value and meaning restored to their lives” (p. 241). The authorlooks at the assumption as an ongoing process that God also assessesto ensure that one is on the right path. Besides that, Jesus alsomotivates individuals while they are engaging in the process.
The book shows the essence of prayers and the Bible in the dailyactivities and that influence was critical in my life. In particular,McMinn (2011) insists that "our knowledge of God, self andScripture are all interrelated, but our capacity to understand anyone of these elements will add to our ability to understand theothers” (p.124). In this case, the statement shows that we shouldacknowledge the role of God in guiding people as they make importantdecisions in life. The absence of God’s guidance might underminethe growth and the maturity of the relationship between the clientand the counselor. The parties should also rely on the scripturesthat will offer the ethical guidance that will address the concernsthat might arise because of the various challenges between them.Hence, the inclusion of such concepts is crucial in ensuring that theclient does not have negative feelings such as the guilt and shame.For instance, the clients need proper guidance that will reveal thespecial way in which they are supposed to understand theirpredicament and focus on improving their situation. As a result, theyshould be expected to make prompt changes that will help them dealwith any consequences that might arise later. Hence, it is crucialthat everyone understands how the scriptures shape their lives anduse the solution to improve in the long-term.
The book did a critical job of identifying the specific concepts thatare associated with theology, spirituality as well as Christiancounseling. In this case, the book guides the counselor inunderstanding the process of interacting with the people that needguidance on various issues. The book was essential since it insistedon the need to avoid fear and shame while talking with thecounselors. For instance, it shows that one should urge the client toreveal critical information in a way that will not instill some senseof feeling guilty instead.
However, the specific issue of prayers in the counseling process is abit ambiguous since it is difficult to decide how one defines theethical guidelines that monitor the activities. At the same time,prayers are supposed to offer person guidance and cement therelationship between man and God. Hence, the counselor shouldunderstand when and how to introduce the same concept in thesessions. More important, it should be incorporated when the partyneeds to undertake further research to enhance the nature of theircontent and intervention measures. It is more convenient if theprayers are used outside the sessions to ensure that the client isaligned with the objectives and does not rely on other issues.
Lastly, the book also showed that redemption is a continuous processthat one should embrace in the long-run. Hence, the end of thesessions does not mean that the relationship should not continue.Instead, the salvation and the spirituality are instrumental inensuring that the client remains on the right path and avoids someissues that might lead to the same mistakes committed earlier beforethings changed.
The book also showed the essence of incorporating multiple conceptsin helping a client that might need assistance. For instance, McMinn(2011) reveals that "the most effective Christian counselors areable to process several ideas simultaneously” (p. 269). Hence, itis important that a counselor includes various factors such as thespirituality, theology, and psychology to ensure that the client getsthe assistance required. In this case, the problem might benefit fromthe multiple perspectives that will deal with various concepts. Infact, the approach will be useful in ensuring that the clientoutcomes offer long-term solutions that will reduce the likelihood ofthe problems arising in the future again. It also insists that theChristian counselors are supposed to place God in front of all theissues that the client might have. Besides that, the life ofChristian psychologists often comes with various ethical concernsthat might undermine the relationship between the two parties. As aresult, the counselor is supposed to seek God’s intervention in theprocess of finding solutions in the therapy sessions. Incorporatingscriptures as well as prayers in the process of helping the clientremains to be an important part. God is the one that leads and guidespeople as they understand various concepts needed in reaching theobjectives agreed earlier.
McMinn, M. R. (2011). Psychology, theology, and spirituality inChristian counseling. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House.