Resources for thinking deeply about pastoral theology and ministry
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Pastoral Theology

Ballard, Paul H., and Steven Holmes, eds. (2006) Bible in Pastoral Practice: Readings in the Place and Function of Scripture – Using the Bible in Pastoral Practice. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

McMinn, Mark R. & Timothy R. Phillips. (2001) Care for the Soul: Exploring the Intersection of Theology and Psychology. Downers Grove: IVP.

Ward, Pete. (2017) Introducing Practical Theology: Mission, Ministry, and the Life of the Church. Grand Rapids: Baker.

Osmar, Richard. (2008) Practical Theology: An Introduction. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

Harrower, S. (2019). God of All Comfort: A Trinitarian Response to the Horrors of This World.  Lexham Press.

Bretherton, Luke. (2010). Hospitality As Holiness: Christian Witness Amid Moral Diversity. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

Hunsinger, Deborah van Deusen. (2006). Pray Without Ceasing: Revitalizing Pastoral Care. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing.

Hunsinger, Deborah van Deusen. (1995) Theology and Pastoral Counseling: A New Interdisciplinary Approach. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing.

Hunsinger, Deborah van Deusen. (2015) Bearing the Unbearable: Trauma, Gospel, and Pastoral Care. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing.

Peterson, Eugene H. (1992) Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work. Gracewing.

Kapic, K. M. (2017). Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering. InterVarsity Press.

Balboni, T. A., Balboni, M. J. (2018). Hostility to Hospitality: Spirituality and Professional Socialization Within Medicine. Oxford University Press.

Webster, J. (2003). Holiness. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

Smith, James K. A. (2014). How (Not) To Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor. Eerdmans.

Swinton, John. (2000) From Bedlam to Shalom: Towards a Practical Theology of Human Nature. Interpersonal Relationships and Mental Healthcare. Oxford: Peter Lang.

Swinton, John. (2007) Raging with Compassion: Pastoral Responses to the Problem of Evil. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing.

Chan, Sam. (2016) Preaching as the Word of God: Answering an Old Question with Speech-Act Theory. Wipf and Stock Publishers.

Johnson, Eric. (2007) Foundations for Soul Care: A Christian Psychology Proposal. Downers Grove: IVP.

Swinton, J. (2020). Finding Jesus in the Storm: The Spiritual Lives of Christians with Mental Health Challenges.  Eerdmans.

Pastoral Ministry (ministry reflected on and in conversation with Scripture)

Swinton, John. (2012) Dementia: Living in the Memories of God. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing.

Phillips, Susan S. (2008) Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction. New York: Morehouse.

Riem, Roland. (1993) Stronger Than Death: A Study of Love for the Dying. Darton Longman & Todd. (Out of Print, available 2nd hand,

Munday, John S., and Frances Wohlenhaus-Munday. (1995) Surviving the Death of a Child. Westminster John Knox Press.

Hauerwas, Stanley. (1990) Naming the Silences : God, Medicine, and the Problem of Suffering. Wm. B Eerdmans.

Carter, Lee. (2015) Letters To Emma: A Memoir Of Grief And God’s Love Matthias Media.

Arnott, Paul R. (2003) No Time to Say Goodbye: When a Loved One, Dies Especially a Child. Acorn Press, Limited.

Townsend, Tim. (2015) Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis. HarperCollins.

Kalanithi, Paul. (2016) When Breath Becomes Air. Random House.

Westberg, Granger E. (2010) Good Grief. Fortress Press.

Pastoral Care (How to of Christian care) 

Senkbeil, H. L. (2019). The Care of Souls: Cultivating a Pastor’s Heart. Lexham Press.

Guthrie, Nancy. (2016) What Grieving People Wish You Knew about What Really Helps (and What Really Hurts). Crossway Books.

Simms, Sally. (2105) Together Through the Storm: A Practical Guide to Christian Care Matthias Media.

Robinson, Stephen. (1997) Ministry in Disaster Settings: Lessons from the Edge. 1997.

Gaventa, B., Hardwick, L. (2021). Disability and the Church: A Vision for Diversity and Inclusion. United Kingdom: InterVarsity Press.

Cook, C. C. H. (2020). Christians Hearing Voices: Affirming Experience and Finding Meaning. United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Halpern, J., Vermeulen, K. (2017). Disaster Mental Health Interventions: Core Principles and Practices. United States: Taylor & Francis.

Spiritual Care Resources (written from a spiritual care/wellbeing perspective) 

Zagdanski, Doris. (2018 ed) Stuck for Words: What to Say to Someone Who Is Grieving. Wilkinson Publishing.

Frankl, Viktor E. (1946 English Tr. 1959) Man’s Search for Meaning. Various publishers.

Grant, Airdre. (2016) Stumbling Stones: A Path through Grief, Love and Loss. Hardie Grant Publishing.

Gawande, Atul. (2014) Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End. Profile Books.

Weingarten, Kathy. (2003) Common Shock: Witnessing Violence Every Day : How We Are Harmed, How We Can Heal. Dutton.

Chochinov, H. M. (2012). Dignity Therapy: Final Words for Final Days. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, USA.


Professional  Discussions: Best-practice Spiritual Care 

Neuhol, David, Simon Peng-Keller (eds). (2020) Charting Spiritual Care: The Emerging Role of Chaplaincy Records in Global Health Care. Germany: Springer International Publishing.
Hilsman, Gordon J. (2016). Spiritual Care in Common Terms: How Chaplains Can Effectively Describe the Spiritual Needs of Patients in Medical Records. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Rumbold, Bruce, Christina M Puchalski, Mark Cobb. (2012) Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare.  United Kingdom: OUP Oxford.
John Swinton, Tim Bennison, Don Bryant, Eva Buelens, Ken Donaldson, Hans Evers, George Fitchett, David Fleenor, Kevin Franz (2019). Chaplaincy and the Soul of Health and Social Care: Fostering Spiritual Wellbeing in Emerging Paradigms of Care. United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Fletcher, Jean. (2019). Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care in Mental Health Settings. (2019). United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Harrison Guy. (2017)  Psycho-spiritual Care in Health Care Practice. (2017). United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Carey, Lindsay B, Mathisen. (2018) Spiritual Care for Allied Health Practice: A Person-centered Approach. United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Büssing, Arndt. (2021) Spiritual Needs in Research and Practice: The Spiritual Needs Questionnaire as a Global Resource for Health and Social Care. (2021). Germany: Springer International Publishing.
Timmins,Fiona, Sílvia Caldeira (2019). Spirituality in Healthcare: Perspectives for Innovative Practice. . Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Powell, A., Sims, A. (2009). Spirituality and Psychiatry. United Kingdom: Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Harold G. Koenig, Philippe Huguelet, (Eds) (2009) Religion and Spirituality in Psychiatry. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.