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Care of Souls -- Revisioning Christian Nurture and Counsel
by David G. Benner, Ph.D.
© 1998. (Baker Books: Grand Rapids, MI).
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[Answer 14 of 20 questions correctly to receive 12 hours of Continuing Education credit].

Chapter 1: Understanding Soul Care (p. 21-34)
1. Which is NOT a characteristic of Jesus as the model soul shepherd?
a. allowed people to ignore or reject His help.
b. acted morally without condemning others.
c. set limits and took care of Himself.
d. preferred monologue over dialogue.

2. Which is NOT true about Christian soul care?
a. It should provide opportunity for moral inquiry and reflection.
b. It addresses the whole person.
c. It is primarily a job for the clergy, not the laity.
d. It is concerned about community, not just individuals.

Chapter 2: The Rise of Therapeutic Care (p. 35-50)
3. Thomas Szasz refers to psychotherapy as
a. “a false religion that seeks to destroy true religion.”
b. “pop psychology.”
c. “selfism.”
d. “a supernaturalistic system.”

4. The author argues that questions of how to handle one’s emotions, how to understand an interpersonal conflict, or how to deal with a terminal illness are
a. psychological issues only.
b. psychological and moral issues.
c. private and individual issues.
d. not the concern of religion.

Chapter 3: The Boundaries of the Soul (p. 51-63)
5. In his book Love, Medicine and Miracles, Dr. Bernie Siegel argues that ______ is the most powerful stimulant for the immune system.
a. exercise
b. happiness
c. unconditional love
d. success

Chapter 4: Psychology and Spirituality (p. 65-86)
6. ______ explored the relationship between spirituality and mystery.
a. Carl Jung
b. Fritz Kunkel
c. Soren Kierkegaard
d. Gerald May

7. All of the following agree that the integration of personality occurs when the self is dependent upon God EXCEPT
a. Carl Jung
b. Fritz Kunkel
c. Soren Kierkegaard
d. Adrian van Kaam

Chapter 5: Christian Spirituality (p. 87-108)
8. According to Christian spirituality, God is only personally known through
a. apophatic meditation.
b. kataphatic meditation.
c. rational and propositional theology.
d. surrender to Jesus Christ.

9. The goal of self-knowledge is
a. self-sufficiency.
b. self-transformation.
c. self-abasement.
d. self-control.

Chapter 6: The Psychospiritual Focus of Soul Care (p. 109-128)
10. Success is best defined in terms of
a. a state of character.
b. comparison with others.
c. accomplishments.
d. social and occupational status.

Chapter 7: Dialogue in Soul Care (p. 131-155)
11.“This is how I experience the world. Tell me how you experience it” is an example of a good
a. debate.
b. discussion.
c. conversation.
d. dialogue.

12. The focus of soul care is
a. solutions.
b. coping strategies.
c. problems.
d. persons.

13. The author recommends that providers of Christian soul care
a. be nondirective.
b. have an authoritarian style.
c. promote moral reflection without condemnation.
d. develop a strong desire to be helpful.

Chapter 8: Dreams, the Unconscious and the Language of the Soul (p. 157-183)
14. In the author’s view, dreams are
a. a way in which God helps us to know ourselves.
b. best interpreted by someone else, not the dreamer.
c. prophetic revelations.
d. secret messages.

15. Techniques of dream work include
a. giving the dream a title.
b. answering the question “What is the dream principally about?”
c. listening to the dream as if it were a friend asking you a meaningful question.
d. all of the above.

Chapter 9: Forms of Christian Soul Care (p. 185-204)
16. The focus of spiritual direction is
a. developing correct ideas about God.
b. attempting to reconcile the goodness of God and the nature of suffering.
c. experiencing God and responding to Him.
d. developing special insight into the will of God.

17. Christian psychotherapists offer limited intensive soul care because
a. they are relatively few in number.
b. most of them have academic degrees from secular institutions.
c. they charge rates that make them inaccessible to many people.
d. most of them practice little self-awareness.

Chapter 10: Challenges of Christian Soul Care (p. 205-222)
18. Which of the following is TRUE about Christian soul guides?
a. A soul guide must never accept abusive treatment.
b. Soul guides face the same demands as other professionals.
c. It is appropriate for a soul guide to seek respect from those receiving care.
d. A soul guide should be relatively free from a need for love from those receiving care.

19. Recovering theological language would include
a. viewing “pathology” as “sin.”
b. viewing “wholeness” as “holiness.”
c. viewing “unconditional acceptance” as “grace.”
d. all of the above.

Chapter 11: Receiving Soul Care (p. 223-238)
20. The author would support which of the following situations?
a. Seeing a counselor and spiritual director simultaneously.
b. Seeing two psychotherapists simultaneously.
c. Seeing a counselor and a psychotherapist simultaneously.
d. Seeing two counselors simultaneously.