Who Cares? Simple Ways You Can Reach Out by Marcy Heidish contains some savvy insights and wisdom about service. The author has trained volunteer ministers in various forms of pastoral care and has worked in homeless shelters, jails, and nursing homes.

The art of caring begins in the home and then spreads out to friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Heidish believes that service of others has its vibrancy in a focus on feelings, a language of listening, and a ministry of presence. She suggests things to keep in mind as caregivers and goes on to outline ways to work with people with AIDS, severe depression, and suicidal behavior

Heidish concludes with two crucial chapters dealing with burnout and the rewards of caring. This is an ideal resource for anyone interested in engaged spirituality.

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