When faced with a crisis, why do some people turn to religion to help them cope, while other s turn away? Is religious belief merely a defense or a form of denial? Is spirituality a help or a hindrance in times of stress? Building a much needed bridge between two different worlds of thought and practice--religion and psychology--this volume sensitvely interweaves theory with first hand accounts, clinical insight, and scientific research. The book underscores the need for greater sensitivity to religion and spirituality in the context of helping relationships, and suggests a range of ways that faith might be used more fully to help people in crisis.