By Carroll E. Arkema,Donald R. Ferrell
seeks to seize and bring the sweetness, secret, and therapeutic strength of the Divine Spirit and its task in people, lifestyles, and relationships. This Divine Presence is frequently felt or glimpsed as Mystery--beyond us, but inside us--which grabs our realization and pulls us right into a deeper and fuller exploration of what existence and human lifestyles is all approximately. As an ordained Presbyterian minister serving as a Pastoral Psychotherapist, Carroll E. Arkema is mainly extremely joyful and interested to note after which catch in his poems the congruency among psychodynamics, religious progress, and scriptural tales. His interdisciplinary standpoint illuminates the complexity of the divine/human courting, tracing how humans swap, heal, and are sanctified, whereas additionally resisting such switch and development. own studies and scriptural bills throw mild on one another, and Arkema exhibits poetry to be a structure in a position to retaining and integrating both.
"Arkema's poetic reflections on his father's presence in his lifestyles, his appealing poem on his mother's demise, and different poems that evoke the residing spirits of loved family quietly educate us how we, too, may perhaps event the therapeutic presence and company of the divine Spirit. turning into a poet has confirmed to be a superb extension of his worrying and inventive presents as a pastoral psychotherapist."
--Donald Capps, Professor of Pastoral Theology Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
"This assortment is stirring, reflective, remodeling, and hopeful. With pastoral vulnerability, healing knowledge, and scriptural introspection, Carroll Arkema deals a reflect within which we become aware of our longed-for-selves along our shadowy life. during this reflect we meet God face-to-face, beckoning us to wholeness and deeper relationships. discovering relaxation in a divine Spirit that dwells and waits, Arkema's weak remembering opens attainable futures for us all."
--Jaco J. Hamman, affiliate Professor of faith, Psychology, and tradition, Vanderbilt Divinity college, Nashville, TN
"Each of those poems is awfully obtainable and leads us to find within the common glimpses of religious truths no longer stripped of non secular content."
--Roger W. Plantikow, Pastoral Psychotherapist, Springfield, NJ
Carroll E. Arkema (Calvin collage; Princeton Theological Seminary; Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute) is an ordained Presbyterian minister serving as a Pastoral Psychotherapist and Marriage and kinfolk Therapist in Ridgewood, NJ, and in long island. He used to be a school member for 16 years on the Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute's Psychotherapy education application, the place he additionally served as Director of the Spirituality and Psychotherapy Program.