Don’t call this a book review.
Call it rather a book alert, an urgent update to members of the CPSP community.
It’s been forever since a theological tome at any point caused my eyes to water, and was given to pause, impeding the reading process. Certainly, I would not call this book a tear-jerker. However, it is a monumentally moving work that both breaks new ground and stirs emotions, and perhaps more importantly, one’s thinking, profoundly. It is also a very serious critique of us pastoral clinicians, not to mention the culture at large.
Dykstra is the reluctant successor to our beloved Donald Capps, late of Princeton Seminary. He has produced what I am calling an immensely important theological reflection on both our times and our behavior.
Dykstra has herein produced an authentic theological reflection, a far cry from what which is typically observed in clinical training programs, aka CPE. His analyses penetrate the depth of human interactions.
Each of us in CPSP owes it to him or herself to digest this modest but psyche-rattling tome of 143 pages, especially its two notable chapters, “Zombie Alleluias” and “Follow the Naked Christ Naked.”
You will not be bored.
More likely you will be taken aback, blessedly so.