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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Co ,U.S. (3 Sept. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824514017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824514013
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Insightful and useful. Explains why theological reflection is critical, and how to pursue it responsibly and fruitfully. --Timothy E. O'Connell, Loyola Institute of Pastoral Studies

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Patricia O'Connell Killen is professor of American religions, chair of the Department of Religion, and director of the Center for Religion, Cultures, and Society in the Western United States at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. Killen s research focuses on how broad regional social and cultural factors influence and are influenced by individual and institutional religious dynamics and sensibility. Killen has worked extensively with journalists regionally and nationally on religion in the West. She is the primary editor of Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Northwest: The None Zone. Killen received the Paul Bator Memorial Award for the year 2000, from the Canadian Catholic Historical Association for Writing the Pacific Northwest into Canadian and U.S. Catholic History: Geography, Demographics, and Regional Religion, which appeared in Historical Studies. Killen received her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in religious studies from Stanford University. John De Beer is currently serving St. Marks Episcopal Church, Burlington, Massachusetts, as Rector. Previously he was Rector of St. Martin s-in-the-Field Episcopal Church in Severna Park, Maryland, together with his wife Tricia de Beer, who is now the Rector at the Church of Our Redeemer in Lexington, Massachusetts. Tricia helped conceive the KLESIS curriculum, contributed to Connect, and substantially revised the current version of Commit. Tricia and John have two sons, Michael and Christopher. Michael helped establish KLESIS, setting up the website and advising on program and marketing. His sudden death in 2006 was a great blow. Christopher lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter. Prior to moving to Maryland, John served as Congregation Development Consultant for the Diocese of South Florida. For eight years before that he was the Education Director for the Theology Extension Center at the University of the South, where he participated in the development of the Education for Ministry Program.

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By Jen on 8 July 2015
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I would recommend if you are studying theology. Very easy reading.
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This book has provided an excellent foundation for students 6 July 1998
By Corinne Winter ( - Published on
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I have used The Art of Theological Reflection with both graduate and undergraduate students in theology seminars. It has provided them with a method for engaging theological questions and readings out of their own experience of life and of the Christian tradition - however extensive that experience might be. The authors give examples throughout the text that effectively clarify the porocess they are describing. They also make a convincing argument that theological reflection is not just for a few "initiated" but builds on a natural human quest for insight into the meaning of life experiences and for ways to integrate those insights into our lives.
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A Useful Tool 8 Feb. 2009
By Patrick O'neal - Published on
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One former student of mine said, "The book is lame because its all about emotions". Another student said, "This book sucks because there's nothing theological about it." A third student said, "I missed the point." In following up with the students, I found out they only read the words on the page and didn't do any of the activities proceeding the chapters. If you fall into the category of simply reading the words on the paper than I say move-on and don't waste your time reading this book.

This book is meant to be used interactively and to wrestle with the content of the chapters using one's theological and spiritual framework. I use many of the principles outlined in the chapters 4-6 after several years of chaplaincy work.

By the way, if you struggle with exploring your emotions than I say buy two copies. The first copy you'll throw it away in disgust, but you'll have the second copy when you realize the emotional fall-out you will experience due to the ministry and interaction with members of your church or those you provide spiritual care for.

Happy reading!
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The Art of Theological Reflection 30 Oct. 2008
By B. J. King - Published on
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This book has been an incredibly helpful basis for our group to do theological reflection. Nine of us gather every other week to meet and reflect on our lives and Killen and de Beer provide the structure for such meetings. This is not pop psychology, but a practical way to do theology. If you are looking to know more about God's relation to your life and to the lives of others in your group, this book has the perfect guidelines to follow.
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Only an average treatment of the topic 17 Sept. 2008
By J. Harrison - Published on
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While this book begins well by pointing out the importance of theological reflection, it does not follow through with a substantive discussion. The methods and examples given are not especially thought-provoking. The style of writing is occasionally stilted and the content often seems contrived. Further, the book is neither thorough nor concise. While there are some good points to be gleaned here, I would point someone to Stone and Duke's "How to Think Theologically" instead.
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A Marvelous Exploration into Theological Reflection 16 Sept. 2013
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This book is a marvelous exploration into theological reflection and will be used by me all this coming year in the class I will be mentoring. If you are in a study that stresses theological reflection this is the book to get.
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