Comforting the Fearful: Listening Skills for Caregivers

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Paulist Press, 2002 - Medical - 162 pages
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"Often Christians ask, how can they be afraid and still have faith? Bringing together the wisdom of the Christian faith tradition and insights from several schools of modern psychology, this book offers a careful analysis of the origin and dynamics of fear in human experience. The author shows how to transform fears from crippling emotion into a way to search for God. While of interest to all, the book is especially meant to help lay ministers comfort others."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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Contents

Fear Not ?
1
An Impossible Alliance?
2
Normal and NotSoNormal Fears
4
The GodGivenness of Our Fear Responses
8
Sometimes What We Want to Do Can Be Really Scary
12
Mary and Evelyn
13
Being Freudian Is Not Always Bad
16
Was Freud All That Original?
21
Dealing with an Angry God
72
The Gracious Wrath of God
76
The Fear That Saves
81
How We Can Help
85
The Importance of Just Being Present
86
Presence That Soothes and Calms
89
To Touch or Not to Touch
97
Putting Conscious Fears into Perspective
102

Just a Little More about Mary and Evelyn
27
Its Okay to Be Afraid of Our Own Shadow
32
True Friends Tell Us the Truth
34
Our Dreams Are Our Friends Too
36
Summary
40
We Are Not Alone No Matter What It Looks Like
42
It Doesnt Help to Deny Our Helplessness
45
God Is with Us We Are Not Alone Thanks Be to God
47
From Helplessness through Trust into Suffering
49
Bringing the Theology Down to Earth
56
And How Will We Flee the Wrath to Come?
65
Margie and Edna
67
Befriending Unconscious Fears
111
When Our Help Is Not Enough
120
Panic
121
Phobias
123
Traumatic Fear
125
Paranoia
128
Pastoral Care in an Environment of Grace
132
Making Our Caring More Christian
133
Presence Greater Than Our Own
140
Conclusion
157
Establishing a ParishBased Program of Lay Shepherding
160
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Howe is an ordained United Methodist minister. He served as professor of pastoral theology at Southern Methodist University for twenty-nine years.

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