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Of Good Comfort, Martin Luther’s Letters to the Depressed and their Significance for Pastoral Care Today

Pietsch, Stephen J (2016) Of Good Comfort, Martin Luther’s Letters to the Depressed and their Significance for Pastoral Care Today. ATF Theology, Adelaide. 307pp. ISBN 9781925486476

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Abstract

This is a feast for theologians, historians and Christian counsellors. Pietsch examines 21 of Luther's letters of comfort to explore Luther's pastoral care for souls suffering with depression. Pietsch uses interdisciplinary tools of inquiry artfully to examine the letters, Luther's pastoral care approaches and the history of the melancholy tradition. The practice of seelsorge emerges as an amalgam of art, spiritual gift, and understanding of affliction, all resting comfortably within the authority of scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. Pietsch's volume is a significant contribution to spiritual care literature, underscoring the conviction of the early church that individual soul care is an essential response to serve those who despair. Offering pivotal pastoral care insights that are often lost, discredited or entirely absent in the work of caring for those who suffer with depression, Pietsch concludes that Luther has given us excellent tools to examine, learn and to teach as we assist souls to find hope, strength and healing in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Professor Beverly Yahnke Concordia University Wisconsin Executive Director of Christian Counsel, Doxology Lutheran Centre for Spiritual Care and Counsel.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Martin Luther’s Letters, Depressed, Pastoral Care
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
College/Association with University of Divinity: ALC: Australian Lutheran College
Depositing User: Mr Micah Daley-Carey
Date Deposited: 29 May 2017 03:05
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 04:21
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2913

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