“Coffee Shop Conversations” was of interest to me personally because of my academic field of interest (Psychology/Social Work) and its connection to faith. I don’t remember any books that I have read that combined the two in a complementary way before.
Summary: “Coffee Shop Conversations” demonstrates how psychology and the Bible can be used for better mental and emotional health. It begins with the author sharing his own personal journey through a crisis that helped strengthen his faith and outlook on life. He then goes on to select key psychological theories (attachment theory, choice theory, etc.) and matches them to Bible verses for application and study.
Pros: The best part of the book was the connection between Bible verses and psychological theories. I had never thought of this, even though I have read some of the Bible verses many times and psychological theories many times. Another aspect of the book that I particularly liked was the simple advice. Although the book teaches several theories, Jurchenko is able to break down those theories into a practical level that can be applied instantly. It covers a wide range of theories that demonstrate the complementary connections between psychology and faith in a way that I want to explore further.
Cons: The pacing of the first part of the book was a little too slow.
Overall, I would recommend this book for any student of faith and/or the social sciences that wants a deeper study of the connections between psychology and health. I especially recommend it for Christian counselors or counselors who are working with people of faith as clients. “Coffee Shop Conversations” does an excellent job of showing how faith and psychology can be used for greater mental, emotional, and spiritual health.