The book, “Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling” by Mark R. McMinn provides counselors with unique and up-to-date techniques and insights crucial in their counseling endeavors. McMinn utilized psychology, religious philosophy, and deep sense of being to provide individuals with reliable information to enhance unmistakable features of their lives. Accordingly, effective counseling as expressed all through McMinn’s book is exceptionally basic that the counselor ought to be thorough and strong inside his or her own devotion. McMinn discusses the various protections that counselors require as well as the various challenges faced by counselors. He reiterates that articulating own profound sense of being when incorporating it into their advising session can be bewildering (McMinn, 2011). Additionally, counselors feel that sharing their deep sense of being can be difficult because they might conceivably feel uncertain about their understanding of the Bible. Consequently, counselors will try to dart away from quoting anything from the Bible during their counseling sessions in order to avoid creating more problems for themselves, especially when they realize that their explanation was contrary to what is provided in the Bible. Therefore, McMinn makes available reliable guidelines to any spiritual counselor seeking to enhance spirituality during their customers’ counseling sessions while being able to build their own spiritual potency.
During counseling session, incorporating Christianity bears numerous advantages to help the clients in improving the eminence of their personal life, which will similarly aid them procure an upgraded pith of themselves and gain skillful estimation of individual wants and limits besides acquiring the likelihood of a robust connection between an individual, ,God, and others. McMinn wanted to attract spiritual counselors’ attention regarding particular information that they may rely upon for them to suitably manage their counseling sessions and provide their customers with reliable counseling. This information revolves around the petition to God, the word of God, confession, amnesty, and salvation (McMinn, 2011). During counseling, prayers enhance spiritual development because they give an individual an inclination of trust and build the customer’s confidence in the counseling session. For successful utilization of prayers during counseling, counselors ought to devout themselves into prayers that are deeply rooted in faith. The use scripture readings amid the counseling session helps in giving support to a person’s sensational, psychological, and spiritual aptitude, which ideally prompts a worthwhile retaining of the scriptures. The author challenges counselors to embrace the topic of sin with utmost circumspection because of the fact that a clear and concise perception of sin will increase their ability to identify sin. Consequently, this will encourage the counselor not to pass judgment on the customer for their wrongdoing, which will create a counselor-client connection to sustain the customers up to a point when they can unreservedly confess all so that they can dispose of the cynicism and awful thinking for their own benevolence. When the counselor has successfully confronted core establishments, he or she will be able to have superior impression of refurbishment and have produced a victorious integration succession with their customers (McMinn, 2011).
After reading this book, I concur with McMinn, particularly regarding the time interval to incorporate prayers and reading the word of God during counseling. McMinn is right to say that taking a gander at a person’s circumstance before prayers and scripture reading is crucial. Additionally, I agree with the book because it acknowledges the fact that we all have trespassed and missed the mark. Therefore, we should not sit back and wait for other people to let us know what filthy spoiled rascals we are on the grounds that individuals understand themselves better and recognize their actions whether good or bad (McMinn, 2011). As a counselor, a person is expected to help individuals vision their transgression and its impact on them as well as their family to help them realize that they can receive salvation and restoration through prayers and the word of God.
This book contains massive information and guidelines that are crucial for counselors during their counseling endeavors. Upon reading McMinn’s book, I fell short of the complete attention to the right approach to incorporate suitably the word of God and prayers into the counseling session due to the fear of making people experience disturbing and humiliating emotions. From my viewpoint, McMinn ought to have given more clarification as far as the best way to manage the issue of a person that does not have the comparable Christian speculations and theories, as the counselor is concerned. Christian counselors must be careful enough to make out the correct time to spiritually attack. The philosophy must be exhibited gradually with clarity to ensure that the individual is placated with the approach (McMinn, 2011). Another part of my qualm is about the precise capacity that a spiritual counselor commendably uses supplication to God scriptures when counseling young people. Additionally, the book does not make it clear concerning the age limits for children if any in relation to spiritual counseling for young Christians. Ideally, a Christian counselor ought to obtain an informed consent form duly signed and approved by the parents of the child in question before supplication to God and scripture reading are used in any counseling sessions. In other words, effective counseling requires the counselor be well organized and acquainted with the time between which he or she should pray, especially during counseling sessions.
Reading McMinn’s book can help a counselor to achieve a crisp position of astuteness that can make available more insight and reclamation, and help counselors to turn into a more productive and positive counseling. Having successfully read this book and gained considerable knowledge as regards to counseling, I recommend every aspiring counselor including existing spiritual counselors to find and read the book on the grounds that it will help to improve their peaceful counseling sessions due to the massive knowledge that the book carried, especially on some magnificent messages concerning petition to God. McMinn’s book has challenged me to examine my own prayer life and spirituality as well as to pick up learning of Holy Scriptures and change the words into passageways that I can incorporate into my spiritual counseling sessions (McMinn, 2011). As a spiritual counselor deeply rooted in Christianity, it is essential that I consider different strategies to propel the counseling session built up on every person that I may be counseling. In addition, it is important that I validate an ability that can make me do everything I can to set free the person in counseling with a healthier consciousness of self-awareness and reinstatement.
McMinn, M. R. (2011). Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House.