Thelma F. Dixon
Murphy, Ed.D., pychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and teacher:
"In my opinion,
The Spiritual Connection reveals some profound thinking.
I like the emphasis on acceptance and affirmation as basic
keys to the power of the therapeutic relationship.
You have been profound
in explicating your theory and extensive and inclusive with
examples and quotations from authentic studies and crucial
writers in the field. Your writing will apeal to the scholars
among its readers.
This material could
be read and re-read and could be the basis for extended study
groups for the 'seekers' of depth understanding of the connections
between psychotherapy and spirituality."
RN, CS, ASCW, social worker, nurse, and psychotherapist:
demystifies the spiritual by presenting it in the therapist-client
relationship as a cruccal and naturalistic event. ... a 'must
read' for training psychotheapists."
M.A, LMHC, Imago therapist and workshop presenter:
How do we tap
into and cooperate with the natural life-affirming universal
power "wired into" every human being? Ben Conley
has carefully studied and identified the basic spiritual values
of human connectedness that allow for people to blossom into
their fulness. His book becomes a trusted guide on the journey
of how we heal and grow only in connection with another person."
Rev. John K.
Hinkle, Ph.D., Professor, Pastoral Psochology and Counseling,
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary:
The author of this
book has an appreciation for both scientific and spiritual
worlds as these bear on an understanding of humanness and
the processes of change. He has read widely and well concerning
the relationship between values, faith, spirituality, and
The insights from
these readings are seasoned by the wisdom that comes from
his thirty six years of therapeutic pastoral clinical teaching
and practice. He formulates and presents subtle and sophisti-cated
ideas in a very readable style. He has thought these matters
through in more detail and with more care than any other author.
The Rev. Stanert
L. Dransfield - Retired Minister of Pastoral Care and Counseling,
Marble Collegiate Church, New York, NY:
I wrote to thank
Ben Conley for his 'pyramid of values' that help us find spiritual
meaning in this 'tangled web of life.' He answered, "I do
believe that as we align ourselves with what is true in the
universe, we participate in God's plan and develop an inner
peace that is an experience of a personal connection with
Hurrah! A psychotherapist
who is not afraid to speak of things 'spiritual' or use the
name of 'God!' I like what you say and the way that you say