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Siroj Sorajjakool
Publications    Book Review - Scholarly Journals--Published
  • Sorajjakool, Siroj.  (Book Review) Much Madness is Divinest Sense by Kathleen Greider.  Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, vol. 10. iss 4 (2008), 351-53.  ( 10/2008 )
  • Sorajjakool, S. (Book Review) "The Story of Christian Spirituality: Two Thousand Years, From East to West"." www.religionbookreview.com . (2001): -. ( 10/2001 )
  • Sorajjakool, Siroj. (Book Review) "World Religions in America: An Introduction,? ed. Jacob Neusner, ." The Journal of Research on Christian Education, Andrews University Press . (2001): -. ( 4/2001 )
  Scholarly Journals--Published
  • Sorajjakool, S. (2016). “Hope in the Midst of Suffering, Violence, Extremism, and Planetary Crisis”. Response to Joretta Marshal and John Caputo’s Papers. Journal of Pastoral Theology. November 2016. 
    (ID: 1244414 DOI:10.1080/10649867.2016.1244414) ( 11/2016 ) Link...
  • Sorajjakool, S. and Benetiz, A. The Role of Religion among Sex Workers in Thailand. Religion 2015, 6, 1-x manuscripts; doi:10.3390/rel60x000x

    ( 10/2015 )
    This qualitative research seeks the understanding of the role of religion in the lives of sex workers in Thailand. It is based on interviews conducted among sex workers working in karaoke bars in Bangkok. Findings show that most sex workers experience different levels of life difficulty. The level of life difficulty also affects the experience of internal conflicts regarding sex and morality. Finally religion has been used as a form of ritual purification in dealing with internal sense of conflicts.

  • Chatrung, C., Sorajjakool, S., Amnatsatsue, K. (2014). Wellness and Religious Coping among Thai Individuals Living with Chronic Kidney Disease in Southern California. Accepted for publication, Journal of Religion and Health. October 10, (DOI) 10.1007/s10943-014-9958-4.

    ( 10/2014 ) Link...
    This qualitative research is based on eight Thai participants living with chronic kidney disease living in Southern California. Four emerging themes are (a) wellness, (b) self-care, (c) impact of illness on life, and (d) religious coping. Family relations, social support, and religious coping affected self-care and how they managed their everyday activities. Knowledge about the disease and its mechanism were crucial to the decision-making process in relation to self-care. Good self-care and appropriate self-management led to wellness and improved quality of life. Religion provided a belief system focusing on the place of acceptance that was essential for coping with emotional stressors.
  • Sorajjakool, Siroj. "East Asian Pastoral Counseling," Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion (Editor, David Leeming), Springer Reference, 2012. 

    ( 9/2012 ) Link...
  • Naewbood S, Sorajjakool S, & Triamchaisri S K. (2012). The Role of Religion in Relation to Blood Pressure Control Among a Southern California Thai Population with Hypertension. Journal of Religion & Health, 51(1), 187-197. ( 3/2012 ) Link...
    This qualitative research investigates the role religion plays in relation to blood pressure control among a Southern California Thai population with hypertension. A total of 15 Thai individuals between the ages of 45-95 were interviewed. All participants indicated that stress plays a significant role in determining their ability to manage hypertension. Of the 15 participants, 14 acknowledged that religion plays an important role by helping them manage their stress level and offering them beneficial instruction about health practices such as diet and exercise.

  •  Sorajjakool, Siroj. "Does the Shoe Fit? Chuang Tzu''''s Question for the Society," Journal of Pastoral Theology, 21 (2), Winter 2011.  ( 10/2011 )
  • Sorajjakool, S. (2012) Chuang Tzu, Butterfly, and Wittgenstein: Exploring the Relationship Between Mental Illness and Philosophical Thinking in the Life of Wittgenstein, Pastoral Psychology.

    ( 2/2011 )
  •  Snodgrass, J. and Sorajjakool, S. "Spirituality in Older Adulthood: Existential meaning, Productivity, and Life Events, Pastoral Psychology, 2010.   ( 4/2010 )
  • Naewbood, S., Sorajjakool, S., Triemchaisri, S. K. “The Role of Religion in Relation to Blood Pressure Control Among a Southern California Thai Population with Hypertension,” Journal of Religion and Health, 2010.  ( 2/2010 )
  • Sorajjakool, Siroj; Aja, Victoria; Chilson, Beverly; Ramirez-Johnson, Johnny; Earll, Art. "Disconnection, Depression, and Spirituality: A Study of the Role of Spiritualty on Individuals with Severe Depression."   Pastoral Psychology,56 (5) May 2008. ( 3/2008 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool. "Thai Women's Experiences with AIDS: Perspectives on Religion and Coping." Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services 5.3/4 (2006): 87-96. ( 12/2006 )
    This qualitative study is based on interviews with ten Thai women from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai Provinces in Northern Thailand who are victims of AIDS. It is an attempt to learn how individuals who have no access to mental health facilities cope with distress in life. The analysis shows three important factors that enhance coping ability: support and acceptance from families and friends, life purpose, and religious beliefs (Buddhism) pertaining to the acceptance of mortality. It concludes by suggesting the need to recognize other ways of coping beyond the scope of traditional Western psychotherapeutic approaches.

  • Siroj Sorajjakool, Kelvin Thompson, Leigh Aveling, and Art Earll. "Chronic Pain, Meaning, and Spirituality: A Qualitative Study of the Healing Process in Relation to the Role of Meaning and Spirituality." Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling 60.4 (2006): 369-378.

    ( 1/2006 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool & Bryn Seyle. "Theological Strategies, Constructed Meaning, and Coping with Breast Cancer: A Qualitative Study." Pastoral Psychology 54.2 (2005): 173-186. ( 11/2005 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool. "Listening to Sadness: Rethinking Chronic Depression in the Light of God?s Grace." Dialogue: An International Journal of Faith, Thought, and Action . (2001): -. ( 12/2001 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool. "Why Can't We be Wrong? Archetypes, Unconscious, Formation of the Self, and the Adventist Church: A Jungian Perspective." Spectrum Magazine . (2001): -.

    ( 2/2001 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool. "Wu Wei (Non-trying) and the Negativity of Depression." Journal of Religion and Health . (2000): -.

    ( 1/2000 )
  • Sorajjakool S;. "Theological and psychological reflection on the functions of pastoral care in the context of child prostitution in Thailand." J Pastoral Care 54.4 (2000): 429-439. ( 1/2000 ) Link...
    Reports that there are 800,000 children below the age of 16 serving as prostitutes in Thailand and approximately 200,000 of these children are under the age of twelve. Estimates that 20% of these children will end up with AIDS. Relates these realities to

  • Sorajjakool S;. "Theories of personality: Interpretations of reality and the formation of personalitySORAJJAKOOL1999." Pastoral Psychology .2 (1999): 143-158.

    ( 11/1999 )
  • Sorajjakool S;. "Ontology and spirituality: A Jungian perspectiveSORAJJAKOOL1998." Pastoral Psychology .4 (1998): 267-280. ( 3/1998 )
    Rationality is very seductive. With their cognitive ability, humans are tempted to explore the world and reality. Humans hypothesize and theorize and acquire the confidence that through this avenue they can capture reality. Nature however ignores this att

  • Sorajjakool S;. "Gerontology, spirituality, and religion." J Pastoral Care 52.2 (1998): 147-156. ( 1/1998 ) Link...
    Traces the development of religious gerontology, particularly as it has moved from its positivistic approach to its present phenomenological emphases. Opines that religion reframes reality and therefore tends to reduce suffering. Claims that to the extent

  • Siroj Sorajjakool. "In Search of a God Who Eats Rice." Spectrum Magazine . (1996): -.

    ( 6/1996 )
  Scholarly Journals--Accepted
  • Sorajjakool, Siroj and Prayapruit, Apipa (2017). Perspectives on the Role of Higher Education in Relation to Thai Farmers. Catalyst, accepted for publication, May 2017. ( 5/2017 )
    While Thai Higher Education has sought to facilitate social mobility for local Thai armers who are among the poorest in the country, the socio-economic status o farmers seems to be in the decline. This study explores perspectives of scholars and notable armers in regards to the role of higher education within the context of Thai armers seeking qualitative data to the question, what has h igher education done to enhance life quality for local farmers? This qualitative study interviews eight participants. Two of the participants are notable farmers, one is a local activist in northern Thailand and the rest are acaemics researching the ield. According to these participants, 1) there is a lack o attempts to understand lived experiences of local farmers by institutions of higher learing and 2) Thai higher educaiton has been dominated primarily by Western ideology/modernity in a way that deligitimizes all other forms of knowledge, particularly that of local wisdom. 
  • Chutrung, C., Amnatsatsue, K., Kerdmongkol, P., Triamchaisri, S., Sorajjakool, S. “Effects of A Continuing Care program for End Stage Renal Disease Patients with Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis” Pacific Rim International Journal of Nursing Researching.

    ( 10/2014 )
  Books and Chapters
  • Sorajjakool, S., Carr, M., and Bursey, E. (Editors) (2017). World Religions for Healthcare Professionals, 2nd Edition. UK: Routledge.

    ( 2/2017 )
  •  Sorajjakool, Siroj (2013), "Human Trafficking in Thailand: Trends, Issues, and the Role of Thai Government," Silkworm Books (academic publication), Chiang Mai, Thailand. Book Review: Manassinee Moottatarn, Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs Vol. 33 no. 2 (2014).

    ( 1/2013 - 10/2013 ) Link...
  • Sorajjakool, S. (2010) (Chapter). “Casting Stones: Mission in the Context of Prostitution,” In Church and Society, edited by Rudi Maier, forthcoming. ( 9/2011 )
  • Sorajjakool, Siroj (2009) "อยู่ดีไม่ว่าดี: วีรกรรมของนายอยู่" (Sustainability) Thonburi, Thailand: Amarin Publishing House. ( 12/2010 )
  • Sorajjakool, S. (2010) (Chapter). “Christ and Karma, “ In Festchrift, edited by Rudi Maier, forthcoming. ( 9/2010 )
  • Sorajjakool, Siroj (chapter) "Symbol, Health, and Healing: The Clinical Context," in Body and Mind: Science and Spirituality Perspectives, Bangkok: The Thousand Stars Foundation and The Center for Ethics of Science and Technology, Chulalongkorn University.

    ( 8/2009 )
  •  Sorajjakool, S. Carr, M. and Nam, J. J. (Editors). World Religions for Health Care Professionals (Routledge, 2009).   ( 7/2009 )
  •  Sorajjakool, S. and Naewbood, S. (chapter) "Buddhism," in World Religions for Healthcare Professionals, Routledge July 2009 ( 7/2009 )
  •  Shah, M. and Sorajjakool, S. (chapter) "Hinduism," in World Religions for Healthcare Professionals, Routledge July 2009. ( 7/2009 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool. When Sickness Heals: The Place of Religious Belief in Health Care. : Templeton: (2006) Book Reviews: American Medical Student Association; Charleston.net; Perspective on Science and Christian Faith, Journal of Pastoral Care, Journal of Pastoral Theology; Catholic Book Review; Reflective Practice, Theology Today, The Scientific and Medical Network. ( 4/2006 ) Link...
  • Siroj Sorajjakool. "???????????" (Perspectives on Christian Living in Thai Language). Bangkok, Thailand: Kongwuthhikunakorn, 2004.

    ( 8/2004 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool & Henry Lamberton (Editors) (2004). Spirituality, Health, and Wholeness: An Introductory Guide for Health Care Professionals. New York: Haworth Press: Imprint by Routledge, 2010.

    ( 1/2004 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool & Bryn Seyle. (chapter) "Faith, Illness, and Meaning," In Spirituality, Health, and Wholeness (Editors) Sorajjakool and Lamberton) New York: Haworth Press, 2004. 77 - 93 ( 1/2004 )
  • Leigh Aveling, Siroj Sorajjakool, and Reginald Pulliam. (chapter) "Working with Difficult Patients: Spiritual Care Approaches," In Spirituality, Health, and Wholeness (Editors, Sorajjakool and Lamberton). New York: Haworth Press, 2004. 161 - 173 ( 1/2004 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool. Child Prostitution in Thailand: Listening to Rahab. New York: Haworth Press: Book Review: Journal of the Community Development Society; Journal of Pastoral Care, 2003.

    ( 1/2003 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool. Wu Wei, Negativity, and Depression: The Principle of Non-trying in the Practice of Pastoral Care (2001). New York: Haworth Press, Forword by Ann Belford Ulanov, Christiane Brooks Johnson memorial Professor of Psychiatry and Religion, Union Theological Seminary (NY). Reprint by Routledge, 2014.

    ( 1/2001 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool. ????????????????: ?????????????????????????????????? (Positive Living in Thai Language). Bangkok, Thailand: Suriyaban, 1990.

    ( 1/1990 )
  Non-Scholarly Journals
  •  Sorajjakool, S. Saving Souls: Mission and Salvation.  Spectrum Sabbath School (online) (June 2009).  ( 5/2009 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool"The Magic of Prayer." Fibromyaglia AWARE 01 05 2008: ( 5/2008 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool"Christian Mission." Spectrum (online) 25 03 2008: ( 3/2008 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool""Between Heaven and Earth"." Spectrum Blog 01 07 2007: ( 7/2007 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool"The Wisdom of Not Knowing." Spectrum, Online 03 03 2007: ( 3/2007 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool"The Adventist Church, Children, and the Commercial Sex Industry in Thailand." Adventist Review, accepted for publication 10 02 2006: ( 2/2006 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool"Against Principalities and Powers." Spectrum (online) 01 11 2005: ( 11/2005 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool"Chronic Pain, Spirituality, and Meaning." Sobreity 01 07 2005: ( 7/2005 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool"History of Revelation: A Pluralistic Approach to Christology and Mission." Spectrum (online) 10 07 2004: ( 7/2004 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool"The Good Shepherd: How Good is this Shepherd? ." Spectrum (online) 10 02 2004: ( 2/2004 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool"Sin, Shadow, and Guilt: A Jungian Approach." Spectrum (online) 10 04 2003: ( 4/2003 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool"Beyond Good and Evil: Theological Reflection on Faith Development. Featured Columns." Spectrum (online) 10 11 2002: ( 11/2002 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool"Transgressing Symbolism." Spectrum (online) 10 07 2002: ( 7/2002 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool"Sinners, Sinning." Spectrum (online) 10 01 2002: ( 1/2002 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool"The Song of Grief." Spectrum (online) 10 11 2001: ( 11/2001 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool"Child Prostitution in Thailand: Ethics and Epidemic." Update 10 01 2001: ( 1/2001 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool"Waterbuffalo Theology: Thinking about Christian God in the Land of Thai Buddhism." Scanner 10 01 1999: ( 1/1999 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool"And God Said "Wow"." Adventist Review 10 06 1994: ( 6/1994 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool"Fig Leaf Christianity." Ministry Magazine 10 03 1992: ( 3/1992 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool"Matter Matters." Ministry Magazine 10 05 1991: ( 5/1991 )
  • Siroj Sorajjakool"Deeds, Not Words." Adventist Review 10 11 1990: ( 11/1990 )