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Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls: A Guide to Christian Approaches and Practices
In recent years, many Christian clergy, laity and mental health professionals have rediscovered the ancient practices of spiritual direction. Seen as a refreshing alternative to the techniques and limitations of modern psychology, such practices offer new insights for pastoral care. But many remain unclear on what spiritual direction is and whether its methods are applicab ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published April 8th 2004 by IVP Academic
(first published April 2004)
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This text, in my opinion is actually around 3.5 stars. It is definitely educational and informative when it comes to various approaches to spiritual direction, however, I really found it hard to engage with the material. Usually in books I find a chapter, or even a paragraph that's like an "ah ha!" Moment. Sadly, I can't recall one of those moments during this read. It Was very informative but I would have liked to have seen more case studies than just in the final chapter.
This is a great source for understanding and defining spiritual direction all the more clearly. In the first chapters you'll hear spiritual direction defined by directors from different Christian traditions. You'll see the similarities and the differences within each tradition. Another major emphasis carried all the way through, but most specifically in the latter chapters, is a definition and comparison of Spiritual Direction, Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy. You will learn how they overl ...more