Conversations with Jeremiah on the Magic of Counseling by Geoffrey G. Yager, Ph.D.: A non-traditional introduction to counseling with a special focus on counselor self-care. Conversations with Jeremiah on the Magic of Counseling is not a typical textbook. It is a unique approach to teaching, written in a conversational and casual style in order to engage students. The book describes the weekly meetings of two young counseling graduate students and their mysterious mentor over the course of the academic year. The mentor answers the questions of his proteges using thirty illustrative stories. The underlying themes of the stories encompass the crucial components of counseling relationships, and the topics cover the concerns most commonly voiced by students during their early experiences with actual clients. The issues addressed include counselor self-care, the nature of counseling, empathy, perfectionism, ethics, and, of course, the magic of counseling! Although the text is written from a counseling point of view, it will prove useful to any clinical class in a closely related field, such as counseling psychology, clinical psychology, clinical social work, health promotion, or psychiatric nursing. The text will also be beneficial to counselor trainees, experienced counselors interested in a refresher on basic skills, and potential clients who want to know more about counseling before they start seeing a counselor.