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  • Series: Spiritual Directors International Books
  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: MOREHOUSE PUBLISHING (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819222380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819222381
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,103,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Mabry teaches spiritual direction, world religions, and interfaith theology. He holds a masters degree in creation spirituality and a doctorate in world religions. He is co-pastor of Grace Episcopal Church in Berkeley, California, USA.

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JOHN R. MABRY lives and writes in Oakland, CA, in a house he shares with his wife and dog. He is a United Church of Christ minister, and currently serves as pastor of Grace North Church (gracenorthchurch.org), an Anglican Rite Congregational church in Berkeley, CA. He is the Director of the Spiritual Direction Program at the Chaplaincy Institute (chaplaincyinstitute.org) where he teaches theology, ministry, spiritual direction, and world religions. He also teaches for the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministry at Santa Clara University. He sings for Metaphor (metaphor.org) and Mind Furniture (mindfurniture.com), two Bay Area progressive rock bands. He is the author of numerous books on theology, spirituality, and spiritual guidance. Check out his website at apocryphile.org/jrm.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
Written by interfaith theology teacher John R. Mabry, Noticing the Divine: An Introduction to Interfaith Spiritual Guidance is a simple text of wisdom garnered from religions across the world, including Judaism, Christianity, Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Sikhism, Hinduism, native traditions, and humanism ("the sacredness of the mundane"). Each chapter tackles a different belief system's gift to spiritual thought; the appendices include guidelines for ethical conduct among spiritual directors, a spiritual guidance statement of policy. "Doing spiritual guidance is an exercise in humility. First, we must empty ourselves of the notion that we know what we are doing. We do our best work when we do not have an agenda. Once we feel we have our clients all figured out and know exactly what is 'wrong' with them and how to fix it, or how to 'get them' from point A to point B, then we might as well hang it up and go into some other business, because we are not going to be any help to the Divine - or our clients." Highly recommended for anyone seeking spiritual guidance for himself or herself, as well as for prospective and practicing pastors, chaplains, and spiritual counselors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spiritual Directors International on April 21, 2008
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John R. Mabry draws his readers into Noticing the Divine through an invitation "to embrace the Divinity that is the inheritance of every people, regardless of the clothes in which they dress it" (p. 158). This textbook on spiritual guidance, written from a specifically interfaith perspective, is intended for beginning spiritual directors preparing to sit with others of diverse traditions. With refreshing depth and simplicity, Mabry surveys a wide variety of religious traditions including Judaism, Christianity, Taoism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. He makes a distinctive contribution to the ministry of spiritual guidance by creatively and practically highlighting how "each religion has a special gift to bestow on those who are learning the art" (p. vi). Seasoned spiritual directors will be intrigued to discover how to put on the garb of humility in allowing other traditions to inform their spiritual direction practice and live as pilgrims on a planet wracked by sectarian divisions. For example, the Hindu sense of the divinity permeating all of the created order can inspire us to regard every aspect of a directee's life as salty with divine presence. The Muslim practice of stopping
to bow down in prayer five times a day can remind us to ponder: "How do I get my ego out of the way so that the Divine can truly shine through me?" (p. 129) Mabry suggests that "just as some Christians believe that Jesus took upon himself the sins of humanity, we can offer to carry half of the psychological and moral burdens of our clients, if they will allow us to do so" (pp.121-122). In this unique form of metaphysical exchange, the cost and discomfort of taking on another's burden of fear or suffering are real for the guide but are mitigated through Jesus' wisdom that "all burdens are light when they are not our own" (p.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Khadijah Matin on December 1, 2008
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Extremely valuable and well written resource not only for the spiritual counselor, but any one who may find themselves in the position of counselor, guide or advisor. Offers creative and insightful picture of different religions and makes serving as an interspiritual counselor possible.
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I am a Christian and I did not care for the manner in which the author chose to pull all characteristics from "the divine" and to try to keep everything within a neutral stand point. Some of the information was really spot in and great, but the neutralization ruined it for me. I know that many beliefs work within the tenets of spiritual direction, but I was recommended to this book under the basis of Christianity and this book didn't get there for me. There are far better authors out there like Wendy Miller that puts the whole topic into perspective and utilized theological facts.
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