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Tranforming Shame: A Pastoral Response

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McNish, Jill. (2004). Tranforming Shame: A Pastoral Response. Binghamton, NY: Haworth.

Rooted in her experience as a priest, pastor, chaplain and preacher, Jill McNish argues compellingly that the core ministry of the church does not involve sin and guilt, but the creative transformation of shame, exemplified in Jesus’ crucifixion. In a clear and engaging style, McNish integrates theological, psychological, and biblical perspectives with personal reflection, case histories and a profound perceptiveness and pastoral sensitivity. She argues that contemporary ministry in general must be informed by insights from depth psychology, especially in dealing with shame. Readers unfamiliar with depth psychology will find this book a clear and accessible introduction; more experienced readers will discover a freshness of insight and presentation that makes familiar concepts new.

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