on 10 September 2010
Firstly, the quality of the book itself was excellent. Secondly, as a UK deacon in formation, the content of this book was extremely valuable. Would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone interested in pastoral studies.
on 20 April 2011
This is perhaps one of the finest works available about Pastoral Care. While it was written by a member of the Church of England and many references refer to that branch of the Church Universal, the ministry of any Pastor or Priest will benefit greatly from a careful study of this book.
Kate Litchfield speaks from her prayerful experience. Her words are always illuminating and encouraging. Sometimes it is disconcerting to realise, perhaps for the first time, the many hidden pitfalls in apparently ordinary pastoral encounters.
Kate does not prescribe a set response for individual situations, but encourages the reader to think and pray more deeply about their relationships with both co-workers and parishioners. Anybody reading this book with an open mind and heart will find their ministry immeasurably enriched.