Spiritual direction has been an intrinsic part of the Christian tradition since the earliest days of the church when desert mothers and fathers were sought out for their wisdom and guidance. What makes a good spiritual director? part two covers listening and responding to God, prayer, recognising God in the every day, paying attention, interpreting religious experience, discernment, journalling, and holy leisure.
Spiritual Direction: A Practical Introduction #ad - This guide aims to equip clergy and laity engaged in this task, or in training for it. It includes, part one: what is spiritual direction? This is an exploration of biblical, historical and contemporary models of spiritual direction. It is shedding its rather exotic, mystical associations and is increasingly regarded as a core component of Christian ministry.
God's Many-Splendored Image: Theological Anthropology for Christian FormationBaker Academic #ad - This fresh approach to theological anthropology brings Greek patristic theology to students in a readable fashion. Each chapter explores a different facet of the divine image and likeness and maps out a path that can lead toward wholeness and holiness. The author, a specialist in early Christianity, reveals the light that leading theologians of the early church shed on contemporary discussions of what it means to be human.
. What does it mean to be a human being made in the image of God? This book makes the case that the divine image can be seen in not just one or two aspects of human identity but in all of them.
The Kingdom Life: A Practical Theology of Discipleship and Spiritual FormationNavPress #ad - The result is the kingdom life, community, a book that offers a fresh approach to the spiritual disciplines through a three-pronged focus on transformation, and outreach. Connect in a unique way with God and His kingdom by understanding how He sees grace and doctrine, brokenness and obedience, outreach and justice.
Includes seven highly practical “process” chapters as well as three theological chapters on the Trinity, the Scriptures, and the Holy Spirit. For six years, spiritual formation leaders such as Dallas Willard, Bruce Demarest, and Bill Hull came together with other colleagues to create a collection of wisdom and honest personal revelation in the areas of discipleship and spiritual formation.
Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual DirectionMorehouse Publishing #ad - Candlelight offers an intimate view of spiritual direction through written narratives of actual spiritual direction sessions. The experiential practice is accompanied by theoretical and theological understandings that guide it. The book includes the stories of nine men and women, illustrating how the journey of Christian discipleship is helped by spiritual direction.
The Way of Discernment: Spiritual Practices for Decision MakingWestminster John Knox Press #ad - We all make decisions constantly--some with careful reflection, some without much thought. Following the way of discernment means becoming increasingly able to notice where God is at work in the world and in one's own life--and becoming increasingly generous with one's own life in response. But what if we understood these decisions, minor as well as major, as matters of faithful Christian living? In this helpful and encouraging book, Elizabeth Liebert introduces the practice of discernment and guides readers through the process of faithful decision making.
After briefly exploring the christian tradition of discernment, Liebert then turns to practical steps and exercises that will help readers as they seek God's call in the midst of their decisions, allowing readers to internalize some of these practices and incorporate them into their daily lives.
God's Voice Within: The Ignatian Way to Discover God's WillLoyola Press #ad - Thibodeaux, shows us how to use ignatian discernment to access our own spiritual intuition and understand that the most trustworthy wisdom of all comes not from outside sources, SJ, but from God working through us. God’s voice within is intended for people who know that there is more to the spiritual life than they are currently experiencing and are ready to take the next step in their walk of faith by making effective discernment—specifically Ignatian discernment—a daily practice.
Ultimately, god’s voice within teaches us to discern what is at the root of our actions and emotions, which in turn allows us to respond to God’s promptings inside us rather than unconsciously reacting to life around us. In god’s voice Within, spiritual director Mark E. Many of us do not trust our own thoughts, feelings, and desires when it comes to discerning God’s will.
God's Voice Within: The Ignatian Way to Discover God's Will #ad - Instead we look outside ourselves to determine what God wants from and for us.
Trustworthy Connections: Interpersonal Issues in Spiritual DirectionCowley Publications #ad - Like all other people, directors and directees are subject to relationship dynamics. Like the process of spiritual direction itself, this book is about asking questions, discussing ideas, and suggesting alternatives rather than giving advice or getting answers. Although god is at the center of the process of spiritual direction, the more readily visible participants are human beings.
. Trustworthy connections identifies some issues and challenges that can arise in spiritual direction relationships and offers resources for further consideration and reflection. The topics and examples are focused on traditional one–to–one, face–to–face spiritual direction, although some are also relevant to group direction and direction by correspondence.
Trustworthy Connections: Interpersonal Issues in Spiritual Direction #ad - Trustworthy connections is designed for use as a reference and a springboard for discussion for spiritual directors and anyone else who is interested in spiritual direction.
The Practice of Spiritual DirectionHarperOne #ad - The classic work on helping people become Closer to GodFathers Barry and Connolly see the work of spiritual direction as helping people to develop their relationship with God. This highly practical book reflects the authors' experience at the Center for Religious Development in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where spiritual direction is available and where directors are trained.
In thinking and practice they have absorbed the insights of modern psychotherapy, but have not been absorbed by them.
Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual DirectionCowley Publications #ad - Margaret guenther uses the images of the spiritual director as host, teacher, and midwife to describe the ministry of spiritual direction today.
Seeking God Together: An Introduction to Group Spiritual DirectionIVP Books #ad - She also provides an appendix with opening exercises for use in your meetings together. The intentional goal of group spiritual direction, "is to help each participant become more aware of God in their lives, " Alice writes, for the sake of others. Here is a book to help you and a group of soul friends listen for and with each other as you seek God together.
Her book will help you know what to expect and fully equip you for the different aspects of the group experience, using Scripture in a group, navigating different personalities, including learning to listen to God, setting group expectations and asking life-giving questions. Spiritual direction leads you to an awakening of the soul.
Seeking God Together: An Introduction to Group Spiritual Direction #ad - The spirit is speaking to you and to others. Can you hear him?if you're longing to become more attentive to God--to listen to him, know his voice and experience his love, spiritual direction can point the way. In seeking god together, experienced spiritual director alice fryling offers a unique introduction specifically for group spiritual direction: a place where individuals can experience what it means to be listened to and loved by others, so that they can learn to listen more attentively to God in their daily lives and be used by God.
Out of her years of being both director and directee, step-by-step guidance for those who would like to start, Fryling offers practical, lead or participate in group spiritual direction. The spirit is speaking.
Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship & DirectionIVP Books #ad - As a result, many Christians today are rediscovering the ancient practice of spiritual direction. In this inviting guide, David G. Spiritual direction moves beyond mere moral lifestyle accountability and goes deeper than popular notions of mentoring or discipling. Our churches often see spirituality as personal and private.
Benner introduces readers to the riches of spiritual friendship and direction, explaining what they are and how they are practiced. An ecpa 2003 gold medallion FinalistWe need companions on our spiritual journey. The modern world has taught us to value autonomy and individualism. Through prayerful, guided attunement to God's activity, sacred companions provide care for the soul.
Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship & Direction #ad - If we are to experience significant spiritual formation and growth, our souls must be nurtured through spiritual companions. We soon discover that our souls long for accompaniment, intimacy and spiritual friendship. But we cannot go long in our Christian pilgrimage before realizing that isolation leads to spiritual barrenness.
Benner, well-accustomed to god's work through relationships, models the kind of traveling companion who can move us toward deeper intimacy with God.