New book shows how ‘The Presence of a Chaplain’ affects lives

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Dr. Barbara Thomas-Reddick provides inter-faith approach to empower people by raising self-awareness

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When we understand who we are, then we can better understand who we can become

MONTICELLO, Fla. – After completing 2,400 hours in the Clinical Pastoral Education Programs at Johns Hopkins and the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, this journey as a clinician allowed Dr. Barbara Thomas-Reddick to gain the skills and the know-how in the profession of chaplaincy. This journey equipped her to care for patients, families, friends and staff, and she was able to witness after leaving the patients’ bedside, how “The Presence of a Chaplain” (published by Xlibris) made a difference in people’s lives.

She became inspired and passionate of how chaplaincy service assisted with providing a holistic plan of care for patients, families, friends and staff, and she became curious of how this same level of care would be a benefit in the public and private schools for the children. Her 10 years of experience in chaplaincy, and the compassion for the beloved community motivated her to receive additional knowledge, and begin a three year research in the school system, to seek out the benefits of how chaplaincy service would make a difference in schools, if included on the multi-interdisciplinary team.

“After the research, here we stand with the research and a book from a model for exploratory application,” Thomas-Reddick says. She shows that chaplains provide service from an interfaith belief and how they meet the individual where they are. Her book allows readers to self-examine and to take a look at the self in the mirror in the hope of gaining better self-awareness. According to the author, when chaplains are included on the team of care, this approach can possibly address problems like bullying, suicidal behavior, substance abuse, divorces, low self-esteem and mental issues. Thomas-Reddick states that, “this new era of care through chaplaincy raises the level of care and allows the individual to share, vent and self-disclose their thoughts and feelings as the chaplain asks open-ended questions. A chaplain creates a safe environment for the dialogue to begin, and once the dialogue begins, it is an opportunity to minimize or delete the NOISE in one’s life.”

“When we understand who we are, then we can better understand who we can become,” she says. “Whatever you may face in life, you can rise above the challenge.”

“The Presence of a Chaplain”
By Dr. Barbara Thomas-Reddick
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 170 pages | ISBN 9781503576575
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 170 pages | ISBN 9781503576582
E-Book | 170 pages | ISBN 9781503576599
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Dr. Barbara Thomas-Reddick is married. She enjoys family time, singing, playing the piano and outreach ministry.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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