Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls: A Guide to Christian Approaches and Practices Kindle Edition
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Spiritual direction is a practice of Christian soul care that is found most notably in the Catholic, Orthodox and Episcopal traditions but is also present in Wesleyan/Holiness, Pentecostal/charismatic, social justice and Reformed communities. Predating modern counseling and psychotherapy movements but sharing key principles and insights for spiritual formation, spiritual direction offers significant resources for todays pastors, counselors, therapists, chaplains and other caregivers attuned to the work of God in peoples lives.
In this landmark volume, editors Gary W. Moon and David G. Benner, along with a team of expert contributors, provide a comprehensive survey of spiritual direction in its myriad Christian forms. Specific chapters offer careful historical perspective and contemporary analysis of how Christians from various backgrounds have practiced spiritual direction, with particular attention to each traditions definition of spiritual direction, the process of authentic transformation, the role of the spiritual director, indicators of mature spirituality and other aspects of the spiritual direction process. Chapters also provide psychological and clinical insight into how spiritual direction is similar to, different from and can be integrated with psychotherapy and pastoral counseling to help others experience spiritual transformation and union with God.
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Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls encourages us to respond to the cry of the wider Christian faith community for true transformation by examining our particular traditions-―not to erase the important differences among them, but to find commonalities and overarching direction. This book helps us see how soul care is understood and practiced in the larger Christian world and among related disciplines of spiritual direction, pastoral counseling, and psychotherapy.-- Helen H. Cepero, Christian Reflection, February 2009
"[This book] offers a sound alternative that taps into rich theological traditions and still seeks to answer questions that the modern soul is asking. . . . The book is more than a history lesson or a 'how to' guide. The book defines spiritual formation and direction, analyzes today's interest in spirituality and dares church leaders to pursue Christian soul care. . . . For pastors, counselors, laity, cell leaders, students and Christians seeking a deeper understanding of soul care, the pages serve as needed literature to define and train. The information can inspire more people to give, and receive, true care for today's souls.-- Chris Maxwell, Ministries Today, March/April 2006 --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Gary W. Moon (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is director of the Martin Family Institute and Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He served as distinguished professor of psychology and Christian spirituality at Richmont Graduate University. He has served as the editor in chief for the journal Conversations and the director of the Renovaré International Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation. His books include Apprenticeship with Jesus and Falling for God.
David G. Benner (PhD, York University) is an internationally known depth psychologist, transformational coach and author whose life passion has been helping people walk the human path in a deeply spiritual way and the spiritual path in a deeply human way. Some of his books include Presence and Encounter, Spirituality and the Awakening Self, Sacred Companions and Soulful Spirituality.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B002C1B48C
- Publisher : IVP Academic (September 20, 2009)
- Publication date : September 20, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 2430 KB
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- Print length : 254 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #710,941 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Spiritual direction is offered in response to deep careful reflection about a new relationship to God and the implications are of utmost important. Whereas pastoral counseling is often related to a specific chronic need - SD is in response to a lifelong pursuit of understanding myself in relationship to God and my passionate desire to follow His direction.
A recent reading of Glittering Images, authored by Susan Howatch was somewhat instrumental in offering a greater appreciation for one gifted in the art of spiritual direction in the life of one struggling to make sense of complex human relationships in light of our Christian calling. Godly direction and guidance was offered from an insightful and competent shepherd. My experience within Christianity has been somewhat devoid of such capable individuals. The scarcity of such direction with increased reports of emotional and spiritual distress within our society is very disturbing.
In my estimation, Spiritual Direction and Christian Soul Care makes a compelling case for a greater proliferation of pastors willing to step into this specific role and get involved in the messiness of people's lives in order to meet real needs within the body of Christ. However, this movement will require a strategic and deliberate movement within the profession to motivate and equip pastors to accomplish the tremendous task awaiting.
As stated in the introductory statements, an increased realization has occurred within the discipline of counseling for "the integration of psychology and theology" in addressing the needs of humanity. A clear need for developing helpful and necessary linkage between these distinct and yet harmonious disciplines of being human are fundamental to understanding human behavior.
It is critical for those who step into this counseling role understand the fundamental aspect of spiritual direction as offering help - not a one-time propositional statement. The ability to help a directee become aware of what God is doing through practical measures is critical to the individual's ongoing success and self-discovery. This will only happen through an attitude of humility, increased intimacy with God, and the ability to live-out the consequences of discoveries revealed within this dynamic relationship.
Although the human population is exploding, we have never been more alone in our relationship to others. Hence, we have books entitled, Bowling Alone (Robert Putnam), which substantiate through research, the increased deterioration of our community affiliations and decreased number of meaningful relationships. Unfortunately, the church has always been a reflection of the surrounding culture and shares these harmful characteristics. In summary, the role of spiritual director, as defined by Moon and Benner is a much-needed function within the church of Christ.
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A bonus is that the book is easy to read. I didn't face any complex theological explanations or academic (difficult with unnecessary big words) writing.