WOODVILLE — Local author Michael G. Maness and Kevaughn Mattis, from Trinidad, are pleased to present their new book, Can Your Hear My Pain NoNow? —king Pastoral Theology Relevant in a Modern World, from the scholarly press Wipf & Stock.
The 24 articles address the hurting person. Pathfinders give new light from their specialties, uniquely, and artfully from decades of experience, including how the secular disciplines merge with biblical pastoral care. Conflict and violence, issues of overbearing judgmental attitudes, Roman Catholic compassion complement articles on addiction, healthy relationships, sexual abuse, and repression in Africa and beyond. Ethics and the problem of suffering work side by side with a profound theology of disability. Pastoral care and its theology get a gentle boost from some of the best in the business of caring for the soul.
Baylor Professor Gerald R. McDermott noted, “In this dark world where many are alienated and without God and hope, pastoral theology offers both God and hope…. This book will help provide the healing which this world and Church so desperately need. May the Triune God use this volume to help pastors ministering to God’s sheep.”
Dr. Amos Yong’s article on disability forwards the amazingly helpful term, “temporarily able-bodied.” Greek Orthodox Dr. Vasileios Thermos and Roman Catholic Dr. Robert Fastiggi enlighten next to the powerful testaments of Professor Godfrey Harold on South Africa and Dr. Samuel Yonas Deressa on Ethiopia. Each weathered author contributes universal insights into the grace of our great God and challenges pastors throughout the Christian world to kindly consider the heart of the afflicted. These finely hewn stones can be used by anyone in the ministry to sharpen their serve.
In many ways, all the authors have given their lives to pastoral care theology. From Greece to Detroit; Canada; Limuru, Kenya; Riverdale, Georgia; South Africa; Marburg, Germany; Pasadena, California; Gboko, Nigeria—and more—herein experts from all over the world represent hundreds of years of pastoral care for the soul.
Mattis and Maness offer this third collection, following their previous book, Practicality of Grace in Protestant Theology (2021), from the hundreds of articles they have had the honor to publish in their online journal Testamentum Imperium. They pray these articles will open new avenues of sensitivity to the hearts and souls of those in travail and aid those who are called by God to serve those in pain. See more at PreciousHeart.net/ti.