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Book Review: Pastoral Care and Counseling in Large Mega Congregations: Black Caribbeans’ Perception of Care in Cultural Diversity

Book Review: Pastoral Care and Counseling in Large Mega Congregations: Black Caribbeans’... ATR/99.4 Book Reviews Pastoral Care and Counseling in Large Mega Congregations: Black Caribbeans’ Perception of Care in Cultural Diversity. By Jean Beedoe. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 2016. 110 pp. $55.00 (cloth). This book explores Black Caribbean church members’ understanding of pastoral care and counseling. As an ethnographic study, it engages the per- spectives of three Atlanta area congregations—two Seventh Day-Adventist churches and one African-American Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) church. The author recruited Black Caribbean church members from the aforemen- tioned congregations to participate in three focus groups—each composed of six to eight members. Beedoe also conducted one conversation with the senior pastors from each congregation before and after the focus groups. The engaging narratives of the research participants provide readers with a keen sense of how Black Caribbean church members, and their pastors, imagine pastoral care, although emphasis is placed on the former. The book initially walks us through a brief history of pastoral care and counseling, naming its traditional functions and theoretical orientations. While this exploration might be helpful to the reader, the book does not offer a comprehensive review of the history of pastoral theology, preferring instead to make general statements about the theoretical orientations of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Anglican Theological Review SAGE

Book Review: Pastoral Care and Counseling in Large Mega Congregations: Black Caribbeans’ Perception of Care in Cultural Diversity

Anglican Theological Review , Volume 99 (4): 1 – Aug 25, 2021

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© 2017 Anglican Theological Review Corporation
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0003-3286
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2163-6214
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10.1177/000332861709900418
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ATR/99.4 Book Reviews Pastoral Care and Counseling in Large Mega Congregations: Black Caribbeans’ Perception of Care in Cultural Diversity. By Jean Beedoe. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 2016. 110 pp. $55.00 (cloth). This book explores Black Caribbean church members’ understanding of pastoral care and counseling. As an ethnographic study, it engages the per- spectives of three Atlanta area congregations—two Seventh Day-Adventist churches and one African-American Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) church. The author recruited Black Caribbean church members from the aforemen- tioned congregations to participate in three focus groups—each composed of six to eight members. Beedoe also conducted one conversation with the senior pastors from each congregation before and after the focus groups. The engaging narratives of the research participants provide readers with a keen sense of how Black Caribbean church members, and their pastors, imagine pastoral care, although emphasis is placed on the former. The book initially walks us through a brief history of pastoral care and counseling, naming its traditional functions and theoretical orientations. While this exploration might be helpful to the reader, the book does not offer a comprehensive review of the history of pastoral theology, preferring instead to make general statements about the theoretical orientations of

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Published: Aug 25, 2021

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