McMinn 4MAT review

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1 Summary: After listing the name of the book and author, summarize the book concisely in 500 “tight” words (no more than 2 pages). Prove that you comprehend the reading by writing a no-nonsense summary. The summary is not a commentary or listing of topics, but rather a heartfelt, condensed, insightful synopsis of the longer, more elaborate book. Cite the book in text at least once per paragraph, and include page numbers for direct quotations.

Mark McMinn’s book, Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling, 1996, brings theology, Christian spirituality, and psychology into the counseling responsibility. Faith, true, honest, heartfelt faith is his unceasing, steady, melody. McMinn just doesn’t just focus on
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I made ridiculous amounts of money, had not one but two water front vacation homes on two separate islands, lived on 3.9 acres of the last privately held woodlands in my city, my people had people. McMinn p. 54 speaks: “unhealthy sense of self leds to self- absorption-I was the poster child. On page 41, McMinn nails me: “The consequences of unbound independence are woundedness, brokenness and pain. Eventually the myth of self- sufficiency sours, and we are left staring at our neediness, confronted with the brokenness and pain…” in my jail cell. It didn’t happen overnight, but slowly I came to understand the peace, joy, grace of letting go and letting God. “James writes, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God…Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you, James 4:6-10 quoted by McMinn on p. 43”. I had to acknowledge my brokenness, my self-aggrandizement, my powerlessness and the most difficult, the one I continue to struggle with, I am not in control, and God is. God has always been in control, and always will be in control and once I accepted that, the peace and beauty, the tranquility and grace that surrounded and enveloped me is the greatest most profound truth I have ever and will ever experience.
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3 Reflection: What new questions arise for you in response to what you have read? Take notes as you read. Outsmart the

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