New Castle News

November 23, 2013

Former local police officer pens devotional

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Dr. Timothy Barclay once made a living from helping others.

He’s still doing that today — only now, he’s helping them to help themselves.

The former New Castle police officer has exchanged law enforcement for a career as an assistant professor of psychology at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., the largest Christian university in the world. A licensed clinical psychologist who has developed treatment programs for juvenile offenders in Pennsylvania, he’s now authored his first devotional.

The book is called “High Capacity Living: A Practical Devotion to Living a Resilient Life,” and Barclay will be at Grand Book and Bible, 2416 Wilmington Road, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday to sign copies of it.

According to a press release issued by Barclay, “High Capacity Living” is “a spiritual application of the H-CAP Model of Well-being and Resilience. It’s a research-based model that identifies the traits necessary to create a state of resilience.” Those traits, he adds, are hope, commitment, accountability and passion (H-CAP).

“Following this model will build a dynamic and resilient faith,” Barclay said. “It is the spiritual equivalent to Sun Tzu’s ‘Art of War.’ ”

Barclay told the Liberty Champion that the book can be used as a devotional, Sunday school curriculum or Bible study.

“It breaks everything down and gives the point, ‘here’s how to apply this verse,’ ” he said in the university’s newspaper. “Then you take an action point each day to create a more resilient spirit.”

Barclay defines being resilient as creating a buffer against stress.

“Imagine how different your life would be if you had the ability of not allowing the things that you worry about to affect your life in a negative way,” he said. “It would not be reality to say that you will never experience stress, as some amounts of stress are healthy. It’s when stress becomes overwhelming that presents the problem.

“Living an abundant life is not meant for a select few. Living life and living it well is something everyone can achieve. The H-CAP model uses traits innate to every human being and rebuilds them. The outcome is a new resilient you.”

Hope, commitment, accountability and passion are imbued in every person, Barclay writes in his book, because mankind is made in the image of God, and “these traits embody God’s character.”

“God is Hope, God is the definition of Commitment, God is also Accountability and God is also Passion. These are the very traits that cause us to seek God in the first place.”

A former Army Ranger and graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger Course, Barclay calls his book “the spiritual boot camp you need to obtain strength and resolve for your spirit.”

Dr. Tim Clinton, president of the American Association of Christian Counselors, agrees. He calls Barclay’s devotional “a ground-breaking and passionately written guide that uses current research on known factors that creates resilience; and applies them in a biblical fashion.”