Christian Life Patterns

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Christian Life Patterns

The Psychological Challenges and Religious Invitations of Adult Life

This classic of personal and spiritual development, co-authored by a prominent psychologist and a theologian, draws on the best in social sciences research, along with scriptural and theological resources, to illuminate the challenges and opportunities of each stage of life.

This nuanced and carefully researched look at the stages along life’s journey, by a celebrated psychologist and a theologian, serves as a tool of discernment for Christians progressing through the earthly journey. It covers young adulthood, with the moral and interpersonal challenges presented by organic sexual maturing (with a sensitivity to GLBT issues); the role of interpersonal intimacy in religious growth; the responsibility to embrace full adulthood; the gifts that middle age allow us to offer to others in our lives; the need for ongoing personal development in old age; and a Christian view of death and dying.

“[A]n insightful and practical exploration of adult Christian development... will be of help not only to those involved in pastoral ministry but to all adult Christians. The book is a welcome contribution to an increasingly important field. It contributes to adult religious self-understanding, to integrated pastoral practice, and to continuing interdisciplinary research. The authors are balanced, challenging, realistic, stimulating.”
Spirituality Today

Reviews and endorsements

“The Whiteheads are among the first to explore the research and declare adult passages occasions for the sacred. Their modest book will not be the last to take this perspective, but it does set the standard for what is to come. Christian Life Patterns belongs in the hands of anyone who hopes to minister to adults.”
America

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“The authors construct a contemporary spirituality for the Christian based on psychologist Erik Erikson’s pioneering work on adult development.”
Religious News Service

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“…an excellent text. The application of spiritual, theological, and psychological concepts challenges the reader to review his own life crises in reference to his vocation.”
Review for Religious

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“…A fairly demanding synthesis of current psychological research and theological concepts for the informed layperson.”
Library Journal

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“…an insightful and practical exploration of adult Christian development…will be of help not only to those involved in pastoral ministry but to all adult Christians. The book is a welcomed contribution to an increasingly important field. It contributes to adult religious self-understanding, to integrated pastoral practice, and to continuing interdisciplinary research. The bibliography is of value as well…The authors are balanced, challenging, realistic, stimulating.”
Spirituality Today


9780824511548
Paperback / 216 pages
Dimensions: 5 3/8 x 8 1/4
CROSSROAD, 1992