This introduction to psychology has been created for those training for and working in religious ministry, especially the clergy. It serves as both a professional handbook and a textbook, and covers social, developmental, educational, occupational and counselling psychology, as well as the psychology of religion. In an accessible style (with cartoon illustrations), it examines the processes of personal change and growth central to religion.
Fraser Watts comments: “I think this is the most practically useful book I have written. Still, fifteen years on, there is nothing else like it. Most books on psychology and ministry are much narrower, and usually just take one approach to psychology and apply it to pastoral care. This book considers the broad sweep of psychology and applies it to all aspects or religious ministry.
It arose from the enthusiasm and generosity of John Marks of the Mulberry Trust, and I want to pay tribute to him with affection and gratitude. His position was clear and simple: Christianity is about changing people. Psychology is the discipline that understands how personal change works. So, the churches ought to be making more and better use of psychology.
That led him to fund a project on Psychology and Christianity, from which this book arose. Another product of that project was the Beta course, which weaves together psychological and Christian approaches to personal growth and pastoral care. It will be re-launched shortly in a new edition, as Living Deeply.”