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Pastoral Care

Forgiveness Is a Choice: A Step-By-Step Process for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope by Robert D. Enright (American Psychological Association) presents research and guidance relating to the process of forgiveness, which is argued is a central, vital skill in overcoming resentment and excessive anger. Forgiveness Is a Choice is a self‑help book for people who have been deeply hurt by another and are caught in a vortex of anger, depression, and resentment. As a creator of the first scientifically proven forgiveness program in the country, Enright shows how forgive­ness can reduce anxiety and depression and increase self‑esteem and hopeful­ness. This groundbreaking work dem­onstrates how forgiveness, approached in the correct manner, benefits the forgiver far more than the forgiven. Filled with wisdom and warm encour­agement, the book leads the reader on a path that will bring clarity and peace. Dr. Enright is careful to distinguish forgiveness from "pseudo‑forgiveness" and to reassure readers that forgive­ness does not mean accepting contin­ued abuse or even reconciling with the offender. Rather, by giving the gift of forgiveness, readers are encouraged to confront and let go of their pain in order to regain their lives.

Guidelines for Forgiving: Phase 1‑Uncovering Your Anger • How have you avoided dealing with anger? • Have you faced your anger? • Are you afraid to expose your shame or guilt? • Has your anger affected your health? • Have you been obsessed about the injury or the offender? • Do you compare your situation with that of the offender? • Has the injury caused a permanent change in your life? • Has the injury changed your worldview?

Phase 2‑Deciding to Forgive • Decide that what you have been doing hasn't worked. • Be willing to begin the forgiveness process. • Decide to forgive.

Phase 3‑Working on Forgiveness • Work toward understanding. • Work toward compassion. • Accept the pain. • Give the offender a gift.

Phase 4‑Discovery and Release From Emotional Prison • Discover the meaning of suffering. • Discover your need for forgiveness. • Discover that you are not alone. • Discover the purpose of your life. • Discover the freedom of forgiveness.

Jewish Pastoral Care: A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources edited by Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman (Jewish Lights) This innovative, practical resource integrates the classic foundations of pastoral care with uniquely Jewish traditions and wisdom for people of all faiths, all backgrounds.

With a "who's who" list of contributors representing all movements within Judaism, this one‑of‑a‑kind sourcebook draws upon the healing resources inherent in Judaism, and presents Jewish tradition's guidance for respond­ing to people in a variety of situations.

Jewish pastoral care‑an essential activity of rabbis, cantors, and many lay professionals‑is spiritual accompani­ment for people in need, in pain, or in transition. Creative and comprehensive, this handbook gives today's pastoral caregivers specialized conceptual and practical guidance, based on the Jewish tradition.


The first comprehensive resource for pastoral care in the Jewish tradition‑‑and a new resource for counselors and caregivers of other faith traditions.

Offering insight on pastoral care technique, theory, and theological implications, the contributors to Jewish Pastoral Care are innovators in their fields, and represent all four contemporary Jewish movements.

This resource provides you with basic theory and skills for assisting the ill and those who care for them, the aging and dying, engaged couples, and others, and for responding to issues such as domestic violence, substance abuse, and trauma.

A vital reference for Jewish and non‑Jewish professionals and other caregivers, Jewish Pastoral Care is the definitive handbook for counseling with an understanding of Judaism and Jewish tradition.


Barbara Eve Breitman, M.S.W., L.S.W. Anne Brener, M.A.J.C.S., M.A., L.C.S.W. Rabbi Zahara Davidowitz‑Farkas, M.A.T. Rabbi Amy Eilberg, M.S.W. Rabbi Nancy Flam, M.A. Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, M.A.J.C.S., M.S.W. Rabbi Nancy Fuchs‑Kreimer, Ph.D. Paula Goldstein, L.S.W. Gus Kaufman, Jr., Ph.D. Rabbi Israel Kestenbaum, M.A., M.Ed., A.C.P.E. Rabbi Myriam Klotz, M.A. Rabbi Yaacov Kravitz, Ed.D. Rabbi Ellen Jay Lewis, N.C.PsyA. Wendy Lipshutz, L.M.S.W. Rabbi Joseph S. Ozarowski, D.Min. Simcha Paull Raphael, Ph.D. Rabbi Drorah O'Donnell Setel, M.T.S. Rabbi Jeffery M. Silberman, D.Min. Marcia Cohn Spiegel, M.A.J.C.S. Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, C.S.W. Rabbi David J. Zucker, Ph.D.


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