4MAT book review on: Integrative approaches to psychology and Christianity:An introduction to worldview issues, philosophical foundations and models of integration.By David N. Entwistle
2-Pg Summary- Be appropriately concise but also be adequately complete in your ideas. Prove that you comprehend the main ideas by writing a clear and succinct summary. The summary is not a commentary or listing of topics but rather a discussion of the core ideas (main ideas) in the entire book. Cite the book in-text at least once per paragraph and include page numbers for direct quotations.
1-pg Concrete Response-In approximately 1 page, write about a personal life episode that this book triggered in your memory. Relate your story in first person, describing action and quoting exact words you remember hearing or saying. In the teaching style of Jesus, this is your own parable, case study, or personal connection to the main ideas of the book. Your comments in this section need to be clearly tied to main points from the book, not tangential ideas. Connect your comments to the main points for the reader.
1-pg Reflection – This section is a short critique or evaluation of the author’s main ideas; include positives/negatives and strengths/weaknesses. You should consider new questions that arose for you in response to what you have read and explore concerns, implications, etc.
1-pg Action – What are you going to do about it? Develop action steps based on the core points of the book. This section must be a description of how the main ideas will affect your counseling. What professional changes will you implement and share with others? Be precise in summarizing your action steps and clearly connect your action steps to main points from the book.
In sum, after having read Entwistle per my suggestions, you should be able to explain the following in your paper:
The concept of truth: both psychology and theology seek truth—why have they been enemies in the past, and why do some counselors still see them as enemies?; how do to the two systems seek truth differently?; what epistemology does each system accept/reject?; how can each discipline contribute to truth in ways that the other may not be able to?; why is “all truth is God’s truth” an important tenant in the Christian worldview?; what is meant by the “two books”?
Why is the concept of worldview so important to both psychologists and theologians? What are the implications to counseling for a therapist’s worldview?
What are the main elements of the models of integration? What are the implications for integration (and counseling) if one identifies with one model over another?
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