It’s been exciting to see Modern Psychopathologies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal published in its second edition. We realized with the change to DSM-5 a couple of years ago that we had to update the book, but it took awhile to pull that off. The second edition, like the first edition, is for counselors, psychologists and other mental health professionals, as well as for students in training. I have also known pastors who have benefited from reading the first edition. In any case, it is intended as a guide for readers interested in sorting out contemporary discussions about psychopathology and how those discussions relate to a Christian worldview. We introduce the various disorders and go over current findings on etiology, prevention, and treatment. We then engage that material from a Christian perspective. It is updated to DSM=5 and ICD-10.
In the opening section of the book, we also discuss current issues and debates related to classification of mental health concerns, the relationship between sin and psychopathology, and how pastoral care has related to mental health concerns over time.
Here is an endorsement from David Cimbora, professor and associate dean of doctoral programs, Rosemead School of Psychology:
Integrating faith with science is a significant undertaking in Christian higher education. As one who teaches Introduction to Psychopathology to beginning clinical psychology doctoral students in a faith-based program, I am consistently searching for tools to assist in the process of integration. I was summarily impressed with the first edition of this book, having used it for several years. I am excited to endorse this second edition, which brings the text up to date with current diagnostic organization and nomenclature in the DSM-5. The authors make integration explicit, sharing connections between historical faith traditions, current faith practices and understanding, and the latest scientific evidence from psychopathology. They outline general frameworks for understanding psychopathology from scriptural, pastoral, and scientific lenses. They then move to nuanced exploration of specific groupings of disorders, maintaining this multiple-lens approach. This allows for the reader to consider pathology from various perspectives and begin the process of integration. I have not found a better tool for assisting students with integration around issues of psychopathology. I highly recommend this text.”