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November 15, 1941

Faith is the Answer: A Psychiatrist and a Pastor Discuss Your Problems

JAMA. 1941;117(20):1748-1749. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820460086033

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This is an unusual book in the way in which it is constructed. It is a joint product of the thoughts of a psychiatrist and of a minister. There have been books written previously with this type of synthesis, but usually the ideas were pooled. In the present volume this is not the case. Of each chapter Dr. Blanton, the psychiatrist, writes the first half, and Dr. Peale deals with the same subject in the second half. The book makes no attempt to be comprehensive but deals with certain phases of mental problems which come up from time to time in the experience of the minister, particularly those connected with fear, worry, a sense of guilt and a sense of self criticism due particularly to failure and then, of course, the big problem of the minister, that of assuaging the grief and sorrow of those who suffer. The problems of

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