Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Building on research of brain scientists and psychologists, particularly Daniel Goleman, that suggests that "feeling and thinking. are inseparable parts of our cognitive system," Oswald (Clergy Self-Care: Finding a Balance for Effective Ministry) and Jacobson (The First Gospel: An Introduction to Q) examine Jesus, congregations, and church leaders through this lens, with the aim of enriching congregational life. They contend that Jesus, as portrayed in the synoptic gospels, exemplifies an emotionally intelligent person through such traits as his ability to elicit "healing trust in ill persons," "abundance mentality," self-awareness, empathy, optimism, and stress resilience. When used in congregational settings, these qualities help people thrive, equipping them to address toxic interchanges head-on, promote teamwork, and offer effective pastoral care. An emotionally intelligent pastor is one who develops trust, builds relationships, is honest about difficult truths, and embodies Christian grace. The authors offer guidance for developing emotional intelligence, advice for a variety of pastoral situations and ministry settings, and tools, such as the Clergy Life Changes Rating Scale. Compelling, insightful and practical, this book is a valuable resource for promoting healthy congregations. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.