Family Therapies Book Now Available

Many readers know that Jim Sells and I have been working on a book for the last year. It is now available from InterVarsity Press. The title of the book is Family Therapies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal. I received my copy the other day. It is casebound and a little over 500 pages long. It is divided into four sections. The first section deals with foundational issues, including a Christian perspective on the family and historical roots of family therapy. The second section reviews first-generation models of family therapy (e.g., structural, bowenian, etc.) and offers a Christian critique and engagement. The first section addresses specific topics addressed in family therapy, such as marital conflict, trauma, divorce and remarriage, and substance abuse. The final section is a brief chapter looking at the future of family therapy from a Christian worldview.


The book received some nice endorsements on the back cover: 


“Mark Yarhouse and James Sells have written a very helpful book that is comprehensive, biblically based and well-written. I highly recommend it as an excellent text for those interested in a Christian approach to family therapy.”


—Siang-Yang Tan, Ph.D., professor of psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, and senior pastor, First Evangelical Church of Glendale, California


“Yarhouse and Sells have created a masterpiece work analyzing approaches to family therapies. This is going to be a new classic, matching the accomplishment of Jones and Butman’s analysis of psychotherapies in their book, Modern Psychotherapies.


—Everett L. Worthington Jr., professor of psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University


“Yarhouse and Sells have written a practical, concise, invaluable, one- of-a-kind resource that integrates biblical, theological, psychological, theoretical, clinical and practical resources in ways that help the reader look at the family and family therapy through different lenses and better understand the individual in the context of their broader family system. This book will be read and reread by a broad audience.”


—Gary J. Oliver, Th.M., Ph.D., professor of psychology and practical theology, John Brown University


“In Family Therapies, Yarhouse and Sells provide an important resource for Christian scholars and therapists. The first two sections provide a thoughtful foundation and Christian critique of existing therapy models, reminiscent of what Stanton L. Jones and Richard E. Butman accomplished in their classic book, Modern Psychotherapies, but with a focus on models of family therapy. The third section, which could have been a book on its own, looks at contemporary issues in relation to a Christian perspective on family therapy. The final section casts a vision for an integrative model of family therapy. This is a significant book that will help shape the training and practice of Christian therapists.”


—Mark R. McMinn, Ph.D., ABPP, professor of psychology, George Fox University, and coauthor of Integrative Psychotherapy 



2 thoughts on “Family Therapies Book Now Available

  1. Nice to see the book covers the divorce and remarriage issue.

    Leslie McFall has an interesting way to deal with the so-called exception clause in Matthew 19:9 that some hold allows for divorce and remarriage in the case of marriage unfaithfulness.

    He has written a 43 page paper that reviews the changes in the Greek made by Erasmus that effect the way Matthew 19:9 has been translated. I reviewed McFall’s paper at Except For Fornication Clause of Matthew 19:9. I would love to hear some feedback on this position.

    I also have list of good conservative articles on the subject of Divorce and Remarriage.

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