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Spirituality and Health

Multidisciplinary Explorations

Augustine Meier, Thomas St. James O’Connor, and Peter L. VanKatwyk, editors

Paper 336 pp.

ISBN13: 978-0-88920-477-5

Release Date: December 2005

Online discount: 25%

$42.99  $32.24


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Spirituality and Health: Multidisciplinary Explorations examines the relationship between health/well-being and spirituality. Chap-lains and pastoral counsellors offer evidence-based research on the importance of spirituality in holistic health care, and practitioners in the fields of occupational therapy, clinical psychology, nursing, and oncology share how spirituality enters into their healing practices. Unique for its diversity, this collection explores the relationship between biomedical, psychological, and spiritual points of view about health and healing.

Augustine Meier teaches in health sciences at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario, is an adjunct research professor in the Department of Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, and a clinical psychologist in private practice.

Thomas St. James O’Connor holds the Delton J. Glebe Chair, Pastoral Counselling and is also the director of pastoral care and counselling at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. He is an associate clinical professor in family medicine at McMaster University, and was a teaching chaplain at both Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Josephs Health Care in Hamilton, Ontario.

Peter L. VanKatwyk has been involved in therapy practice, clinical education programs, and the pastoral counselling program at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Waterloo, Ontario.


“Characterized by careful attention to the latest research...Spirituality and Health: Multidisciplinary Explorations presents a quite positive approach to a useful conversation among theoreticians and practitioners involved in health care, whether their primary concern is the spiritual or physical needs of their patients/clients.... [T]he authors and editors...are to be commended for an excellent and well-grounded volume that takes seriously the concerns of many...that health care deal with the whole person.... The writing is accessible and enlightening to the non-professional, as well as to those who work as pastoral counselors or chaplains.”

— Frances W. Kaye, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Canadian Ethnic Studies

“The multidisciplinary perspective becomes the lens that brings to light the exceptional contribution of both health-care and pastoral workers. The bibliography and resource materials are extensive.”

— Marilyn-Ann Elphick, Toronto School of Theology, Toronto Journal of Theology

“Deftly co-edited and compiled...Spirituality and Health presents an invaluable reference for all readers seeking an understanding of their spiritual-self’s contribution to their physical wellness.”

Midwest Book Review