books by David G. Benner

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Soulful Spirituality: Becoming Fully Alive and Deeply Human
David G. PhD Benner

Brazos Press, 2011

Spirituality has an indispensable role to play in the expression of our humanity. However, spiritual practices can sometimes make us less, not more, authentically human. We may be good Christians, but we aren't good human beings. How can we ensure that our spiritual journey is conducted in a way that allows us to become fully alive and deeply human? David Benner has spent thirty-five years integrating psychology and spirituality. Here he ...


Strategic Pastoral Counseling: A Short-Term Structured Model
David G. PhD Benner

Baker Academic, 2003

Therapeutic counseling in a Christian context can be highly effective when it maintains narrowly focused goals in a time-limited setting. The details of this proven model of pastoral counseling are described in this practical guide. This second edition of Strategic Pastoral Counseling has been thoroughly revised and includes two new chapters. Benner includes helpful case studies, a new appendix on contemporary ethical issues, and updated ...


Desiring God's Will: Aligning Our Hearts with the Heart of God
David G. Benner

IVP Books, 2005

We overhear Jesus' prayer in the garden of Gethsemane--"not my will, but thine be done"--but have trouble honestly making it our own. (from the Introduction) Most people think of God's will as something to be found or as the receiving of guidance from God when making decisions. We assume that if we just knew what God wanted, we'd do it. Too often, however, the problem is not that we don't know what God desires for our lives, but rather that we ...


Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship & Direction
David G. Benner

IVP Books, 2004

An ECPA 2003 Gold Medallion Finalist! We need companions on our spiritual journey. The modern world has taught us to value autonomy and individualism. Our churches often see spirituality as personal and private. But we cannot go long in our Christian pilgrimage before realizing that isolation leads to spiritual barrenness. We soon discover that our souls long for accompaniment, intimacy and spiritual friendship. As a result, many Christians ...


Presence and Encounter: The Sacramental Possibilities of Everyday Life
David G. PhD Benner

Brazos Press, 2014

The most vital and significant moments in life are moments of encounter. Whether we encounter ourselves, others, or God, these moments let us know that life is meaningful. And presence is what makes encounter possible. When we are truly present, everything that has being becomes potentially present to us. In this unique resource, David Benner invites us to live with more presence so we can know the presence of God more deeply in our lives. ...


Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls: A Guide to Christian Approaches and Practices

IVP Academic, 2004

In recent years, many Christian clergy, laity and mental health professionals have rediscovered the ancient practices of spiritual direction. Seen as a refreshing alternative to the techniques and limitations of modern psychology, such practices offer new insights for pastoral care. But many remain unclear on what spiritual direction is and whether its methods are applicable to their own clients and parishioners. Spiritual direction is a ...


Opening to God: Lectio Divina and Life as Prayer
David G. Benner

IVP Books, 2010

Most Christians want to experience spiritual transformation. But many are frustrated by the limited progress of our spiritual self-improvement efforts. We find our praying burdened by a sense of obligation and failure. But prayer is not merely something we do; prayer is what God does in us. Prayer is not just communication with God; it is communion with God. As we open ourselves to him, God does the spiritual work of transformation in us. ...


Surrender to Love: Discovering the Heart of Christian Spirituality
David G. Benner

IVP Books, 2003

A Personal Growth Finalist in the 2004 Word Guild Canadian Writing Awards! "Only God deserves absolute surrender because only God can offer absolutely dependable love." In our self-reliant era, most of us recoil from the concept of surrendering to a power or authority outside ourselves. But surrender need not be seen as threatening, especially when the One to whom we surrender is the epitome of goodness and love. God doesn't want his people to ...


Care of Souls: Revisioning Christian Nurture and Counsel
David G. PhD Benner

Baker Books, 1998

A practicing psychologist explores the church's role in "soul care," advocating a counseling method that anchors modern therapy in timeless biblical principles.


The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery
David G. Benner

IVP Books, 2004

Recipient of the Award of Merit in the Personal Growth/Individual Category of The Word Guild 2005 Canadian Christian Writing Awards! "Grant, Lord, that I may know myself that I may know thee." Augustine Much is said in Christian circles about knowing God. But Christians throughout the ages have agreed that there cannot be deep knowledge of God without deep knowledge of the self. Discerning your true self is inextricably related to discerning ...


Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling, (Baker Reference Library)

Baker Academic, 1999

Over 1,200 articles--thoroughly cross-referenced and indexed--create a comprehensive treatment of psychology from a Christian viewpoint.


Spirituality and the Awakening Self: The Sacred Journey of Transformation
David G. PhD Benner

Brazos Press, 2012

Being human is a lifelong journey of becoming. This journey defines our humanity, for it is a journey toward our source and our fulfillment, described in Christian theology as union with God. If we remain open to God as our sense of self awakens, we experience a deeper consciousness of being in him. The self that emerges during this process is larger, more enlightened, and whole. David Benner, who has spent thirty-five years integrating ...


El don de ser tú mismo. Autoconocimiento como vocación y tarea (Pozo de Siquem) (Spanish Edition)



Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology

Baker Pub Group, 1985

Provides representative coverage of the important aspects of the entire field of psychology.


Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy (Psychology and Christianity)

Baker Pub Group, 1987

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Psychotherapy and the Spiritual Quest
David G. Benner

Baker Pub Group, 1988

This study attempts to identify the religious roots of psychotherapy and surveys the views of spirituality found in a broad range of psychologies such as Jung, Kierkegaard and May. The author reviews the history and understanding of spirituality found in a variety of Christian traditions from the Desert Fathers to Evangelical Spirituality. He attempts therefore to present a model of personality as a psychospiritual unity. Benner has published ...


Christian Perspectives on Human Development (Psychology and Christianity)

Baker Pub Group, 1992

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Psychology and Religion

Baker Pub Group, 1988

Because many psychologists have allowed personal conflicts with religion to color their work, many Christians have concluded that psychology is inherently hostile to all religion. The editor of Psychology and Religion, however, sees it differently. "Too often suspicion and distrust block Christians from learning from psychology," he writes. "This book should make clear both the profitability of a critical Christian evaulation of psychology and ...


Counseling and the Human Predicament: A Study of Sin, Guilt, and Forgiveness (Psychology and Christianity)

Baker Pub Group, 1989

Every Christian involved in counseling, whether professionally or informally, will find COUNSELING AND THE HUMAN PREDICAMENT an invaluable source of help. Twelve contributors--people such as Bruce Narramore, Harold Eilens, LeRoy Aden, and Lyman Lundeen--analyze and apply truths from Scripture and psychology regarding the basic human needs and struggles. They explore the nature, source, and effects of sin and guilt as well the healing power of ...



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