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The Practice of Spiritual Direction

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The Classic Work on Helping People Become Closer to God

Fathers Barry and Connolly see the work of spiritual direction as helping people to develop their relationship with God. In thinking and practice they have absorbed the insights of modern psychotherapy, but have not been absorbed by them. This highly practical book reflects the authors' experience at the Center for Rel
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by HarperOne (first published April 1st 1982)
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When I was in seminary, this was the only book about Spiritual Direction that was even close to being Interfaith. Now, I believe there are a few more options, but none really capture authors William Barry & William Connolly's openness and grounded advice and guidance. That being said, everything shared in this book has a Christian approach. The Williams just assume that everyone agrees that Spiritual Direction is always about the relationship with God and Prayer. I beg to differ and my priva ...more
Paul Dubuc
A very practical book which lays an excellent foundation for the practice of a form of spiritual direction that is entirely focused on helping people develop a growing, intimate relationship with a loving God. It helps spiritual directors facilitate, not dominate, the process. This book is very lucidly written and full of wisdom born of long, prayerful and practical experience. This book is must reading for anyone who is considering, or who is fulfilling, a vocation in this form of ministry. Thi ...more
Steve Gambino
One of the best books I've read on this subject.
Really great introduction into the differing aspects of spiritual direction from two Catholic priests with open arms to Protestants. It taught me a lot of things about what I should be looking for as a directee, and how to help people overcome obstacles in their relationships with God. This really clarified the purpose of spiritual direction -- to help people attend to what God is saying to them through their life circumstances, and to respond accordingly. It's a primary foundation of Christian ...more
Amy Beth
This book is written to explain how to become a spiritual director, but it is just as informative for the person who wants to improve in prayer. The essence of the book is that becoming close to God is like any relationship--it takes time, authenticity, and communication. As in other relationships, periods of closeness will be intermingled with times when we pull away for many reasons. The best solution is to realize what our blocks are and to talk to God directly about them.
Excellent explanation of spiritual direction in both the director's role and the directee's role. It gives examples and comments and looks into contemplation..."Those who are helped by spiritual direction will, we hope work for the coming of the kingdom of God on earth..." p.199 Which is basically the whole point of the book and of spiritual direction.
Mason Wren
One of my favorite books on the practice of spiritual direction. Very helpful and thorough.
Lori Neff
Excellent resource for those new to the concept of spiritual direction.
Anne Roat
I use this as a textbook and my adult students really like it.
Jennifer Kincheloe
How to be a listening ally in someone's journey.
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Rev. Father William A. Barry, SJ, PhD.

Entered the Society of Jesues (the Jesuits) in 1953. Studied at Fordham University and Weston College. Ordained a priest in 1962. In 1968, he received a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan.
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