"Grace for the Injured Self is a clear, readable, and down-to-earth introduction to the self psychology of Heinz Kohut. It demonstrates the practical relevance of Kohut's central ideas for understanding ourselves and our relations with others. It explains how mutual expressions and acts of empathy enable our lives to reflect more fully the essence of the human spirit. It also shows how attention to the conflicting self-issues of the pastor and congregation may produce fundamentally positive changes in their life together. Personal interviews with Heinz Kohut on religion and the courageous life are an added bonus. A gracefully written book by two thoughtful and perceptive self psychologists."
Donald Capps, Professor of Pastoral Psychology, Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary
"I recommend the book to readers concerned with the interaction of psychology, Christian communities, and faith that reaches out of the pain of Gethsemane ..."
Tracy E. Martin, in Theological Book Review, Vol 24, No 2
"... plenty to think through as we grapple with both the ideal and everyday reality."
Dr Anne Spalding, in Church Times, 15 March 2013
"Cooper and Randall are to be commended for simplifying complex concepts such that they are comprehensible and broadly useful. The lines they draw between a self-psychological understanding of human suffering and the causes of human sin are thought-provoking and more importantly foster empathy ..."
Shelley L. Dennis, Drew University, in Reviews in Religion and Theology, Vol 20, No 3
"This is a book for those engaged in pastoral care, as well as those in the field of psychology, and, in fact, for all denominational leaders and teachers who try to be channels of healing grace, as well as for those injured ministers of grace themselves."
Rosalind Smith, in The Christian Parapsychologist, Vol 1, No 9