"Johanna Selles has written a compelling book on the importance of empathy in professional relationships, especially those fostered in ministry and health care work. The reader will gain much from the impressive clarity and creative applicability of her analysis. In fact, the book should be required reading for all concerned about the care of persons and the practice of compassionate justice."
Theology, Emmanuel College
University of Toronto
"Regardless of how empathy is defined--and I take it as more an emotion than a skill--openness to the client/patient is here analyzed and extended by Johanna Selles. Her meditation, resting on analysis and experience, will benefit all who contemplate what she has learned."
--Howard Spiro, MD
Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Yale Medical School
Founder of the Program for Humanities in Medicine at Yale
"In this book Johanna Selles links two often detached ideas--empathy and justice--by showing how empathy serves the purpose of justice in the helping professions. Scholarly and well-grounded in the literature, Selles has nevertheless presented her argument in a fresh and clear writing style, making it accessible for the students and teachers who are its audience. Selles shows how complex and varied the treatment of 'empathy' is--and therefore how difficult it is to teach."
--Pamela D. Couture
Jane and Geoggrey Martin Chair in Church and Community
Emmanuel College of Victoria University
"Empathetic Communities is a helpful and liberating conversation on one of the most crucial skills necessary for practitioners in the helping professions. Selles offers a careful and rational argument for empathy as a critical skill and paradigm for all caring relationships, drawing from the experience of the medical profession . . . As a Clergy person and denominational staff, I would recommend this book as required text for all engaged in ministry formation."
Communities in Ministry
United Church of Canada