"In this important corrective, Daniel Bourguet reorients readers. Sin is not so much law-breaking behavior that requires a punitive judge as it is a spiritual malady of the passions in need of the Great Physician. From Cain's sin to Christ's ministry, we see grace as God's medicine for our sick world. This book is gentle, therapeutic gift."
--Brad Jersak, author of A More Christlike God
"Spiritual Maladies offers a helpful survey of holistic healing (body, soul, and spirit) in Scripture that is informed by perspectives from the early church fathers of the Eastern Church. Bourguet challenges Western Christian theologies that overemphasize God as judge and sin as transgression, integrating a therapeutic use of the law with a robust presentation of God as healer and sin as sickness. Bourguet presents God's treatment of Cain's anger as a case study in a way that models the integration of careful exegesis and contemplative insight at the service of pastoral care. His final chapter on the Eastern Christian understanding of the eight mortal passions is a valuable introduction to the diagnosis and treatment of spiritual maladies that will serve anyone engaged in holistic liberation."
--Bob Ekblad, Tierra Nueva and The People's Seminary; author of Reading the Bible with the Damned and A New Christian Manifesto