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Notice board: pastoral care

31 March 2017


JON GROGAN has aimed From Over the Edge: A Christian’s guide to surviving breakdown and depression at fellow sufferers to help them recover, but acknowledges that it may useful to others, not least those who walk alongside a depressed family member or friend. He writes from a Christian perspective and refers to the Bible, St Ignatius, Henri Nouwen, and Christopher Jamieson OSB, among others (Sacristy Press, £8.99 (£8.10); 978-1-910519-22-6).

The Sheldon Short Guide to Worry and Anxiety in its 53 pages seeks to help readers learn to control their worry by using a problem-solving approach, although its author, Frank Tallis, also provides a brief chapter on what to do when that doesn’t work (Sheldon Press, £3.99 (£3.60); 978-1-84709-364-6).

Justyn Rees Larcombe was a gambler who reached rock bottom: massive debts, family breakdown, homelessness. He then returned to a faith that he had had in childhood and began to rebuild his life. One Day at a Time: A recovering addict shares practical wisdom addresses various addictions and suggests how a faith-based approach can help (Monarch, £8.99 (£8.10); 978-0-85721-718-9).

Simon Taylor’s Imitation and Scapegoats: Pastoral insights from the work of René Girard (Grove Pastoral series, No. 146) looks at Girard’s ideas with reference to everyday life as experienced rather than, as is more usual, in relation to much wider issues (Grove, £3.95 (£3.55); 978-1-85174-976-8).

Marian Carter’s wide-ranging Helping Children and Adolescents Think about Death, Dying and Bereavement starts with what death is and how children perceive it, moving through school and funeral to care of both the child or adolescent and the adult carer (Jessica Kingsley, £16.99 (£15.30); 978-1-78592-011-0).

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