The Art of Listening: Dialogue, Shame and Pastoral Care

A new basis for Christian pastoral care which is professional and at the same time 'human' in approach, this book is based on the understanding of human relationships developed by Martin Buber and Gabriel Marcel. It applies their philosophy to concrete practical situations faced by ministers and pastoral counsellors. Key concepts such as shame, conscience, covenant, listening, availability are all examined and opened up in a challenging and liberating way. Neil Pembroke also argues convincingly that Christian pastoral care is best served by a truly professional counselling approach, and not by special techniques developed for church people.