"This is a boldly innovative and important book. Don Capps challenges the church, its theologian's and its pastors to address seriously -- and without moralist -- the malaise that afflicts us, the mood of 'wrongs' and incompleteness of self, of victimization, hunger, alienation, bitterness, the melancholic form that 'sin' takes so prevailingly in our day. He writes a sophisticated and poetic hymn to the human self. This book is an effective example of the 'positive mirroring' -- more 'empathy' or 'acceptance'-- that Capps recommends as the means of empowering the depleted self."
--James E. Dittes
"At last a respected pastoral theologian blows the whistle on the theological community's tendency to make individualism the scapegoat for all our world's many woes! Capps's correction, based on some sound scriptural and psychological motifs, is indeed refreshing. A strong and reasoned statement of the principle that taking care of our selves -- contemporary bashers of individualism and narcissism to the contrary--is not a matter of self-indulgence but a moral imperative absolutely necessary to the building of authentic community. Good news for both therapeutic and religious communities."
--Orlo Strunk, Jr.