Psychology in the Spirit

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Psychology in the Spirit: Contours of a Transformational Psychology

Can real change happen in the human soul?  Is it possible to have truly healthy relationships?  Is psychology something that can help us see reality as God sees it? John H. Coe and Todd W. Hall tackle these and other provocative questions in this next volume of the Christian Worldview Integration Series which offers an introduction to a new approach to psychology that seeks to integrate psychology and spiritual formation. This model "represents a spiritual formation and relational approach to psychology for the sake of servicing the spiritual needs of the church." Their goal is to provide a unique model of doing psychology and science in the Spirit. Here you will find an introduction to the foundations, methodology, content and praxis for this new approach to soul care.

“I am so grateful that John Coe and Todd Hall collaborated on this project. The result is an important contribution to applied integration. Coe and Hall offer a compelling case for a transformative psychology that is both conceptually rich and clinically accessible. I will recommend this book in courses on integration.”

—Mark A. Yarhouse, Psy.D., Professor of Psychology, Regent University


“For the spiritual director who is interested in psychology and wants a sturdy manual depicting relational interactions with ourselves, others, and most fundamentally God, I daresay this is your book.”

—Spiritual Directors International, Abbie Smith
“Presents a creative, new relationship-based approach to an intrinsically Christian process of doing the work of investigating and understanding God’s world. . . I highly recommend it to my colleagues in the field.”

—Ronald Welch, Psy.D, Professor, Denver Seminary
“An important extension of the conversation on the integration of psychology and theology. . . a welcome addition to the literature.”


About the AuthorS

John H. Coe, Ph.D., is currently the Director of the Institute for Spiritual Formation, and Professor of Philosophy and Spiritual Theology at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. Dr. Coe is a specialist in the philosophical and theological foundations of the integration of faith and learning. His research focuses on understanding the nature of spiritual and psychological health, the history of spirituality, the work of the Holy Spirit in personal change and the interface between psychology, spirituality and philosophy. A particular interest is in exploring approaches to spiritual direction as a compliment to Christian psychotherapy. 

Todd W. Hall, Ph.D., is currently Professor of Psychology at Biola University, and Co-founder and Chief Scientist for Connection Culture Group, a consulting agency that focuses on helping organizations develop a culture of connection.  He also serves as a Senior Fellow for the Association for Biblical Higher Education.  He blogs at, and is a regular contributor for the Human Capital Institute.  

Dr. Hall is one of the leading scholars in the measurement of spirituality, spiritual development, and the integration of psychology and theology.  He is the co-author of Psychology in the Spirit, and Transformational Psychology, one of the five views in Christianity and Psychology: Five Views, both published by InterVarsity Press.  

Dr. Hall is a licensed psychologist in California, and holds a PhD in clinical psychology from Biola University and a doctoral specialization in measurement and psychometrics from UCLA.  He and his wife, Liz, of 25 years have two sons (one in high school and one in college) and enjoy traveling and hanging out together at Disneyland (his favorite ride is the Cars ride at California Adventure).