Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls A Guide to Christian Approaches and Practices

ISBN-10: 0830827773

ISBN-13: 9780830827770

Edition: 2004

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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 applicable to their own clients and parishioners.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 today's pastors, counselors, therapists, chaplains and other caregivers attuned to the work of God in people's 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 tradition's 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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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 5/8/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

G. L. Moon is a native Texan, with a love of story-telling. Inspired by great authors of the past, he set out to gain as much world experience as possible. A former United States Marine, Insurance Agent, Salesman, Entrepreneur, Truck driver, Professional Singer, he has lived a full life in preparation for his story telling.

David G. Benner (Ph.D., York University) is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Spirituality at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously he was an associate fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. A depth psychologist, spiritual director and retreat leader, Benner has written and edited many books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling and Care of Souls. He is the founding executive editor of the journal Conversations.

Preface
Spiritual Direction and Christian Soul Care
The Seven Major Traditions of Christian Spirituality
Spiritual Direction in the Orthodox Christian Tradition
Spiritual Direction in the Roman Catholic Tradition
Spiritual Direction in the Episcopal Tradition
Spiritual Direction in the Reformed Tradition
Spiritual Direction in the Wesleyan-Holiness Tradition
Spiritual Direction in the Social Justice Tradition
Spiritual Direction in the Pentecostal/Charismatic Tradition
The Three Major Voices of Soul Care
Spiritual Direction and Psychotherapy: Conceptual Issues
Spiritual Direction and Psychotherapy: Ethical Issues
Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Counseling
Three Voices, One Song: Perspectives on the Care of Persons from a Psychologist, Spiritual Director and Pastoral Counselor
Afterword
List of Contributors
Index
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