This is perhaps the finest work on pastoral counseling I’ve read to date. It’s an incredibly complex method that works differently in each context, but seems to really hold up throughout. The most helpful part of the book, in my opinion, is the constant presence of case studies, real examples, and actual session transcripts which serve to illustrate and further one’s understanding of the method. Each chapter deals with a different type of counseling situation/issue. But each has several examples from which to easily draw lines to current issues in one’s parish or past ministry experience. This is the kind of book that can be read once, and then used constantly as a reference for any who are involved in pastoral counseling long term.