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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (April 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830827773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830827770
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There is a tradition of wisdom about human life and the nature of change that has been lost to many of us in the evangelical community. Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls recaptures that wisdom from multiple perspectives and makes it available to us all. This is a rich resource for pastors, counselors, small group leaders and everyone interested in change." (John Ortberg, Teaching Pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church)

"The variety of insightful authors brought together by the editors of this book offer the reader a unique and valuable perspective on the ways eight different Christian traditions understand and practice spiritual companionship, as well as elucidating the relation of this historic spiritual practice to modern pastoral counseling and psychotherapy. The book offers a distinctive contribution to the growing literature on this vital subject." (The Rev. Dr. Tilden Edwards, Founder and Senior Fellow, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Bethesda, Maryland)

"Is anything more needed in our present culture than spiritual direction and soul care? I think not. So I'm elated with this comprehensive guide to spiritual direction. It is both theoretical and practical. I welcome it especially for pastors, professors and persons training for ministry. Only able advocates and practitioners of spiritual direction--Dr. Benner and Dr. Moon--could have put together this remarkable resource. I commend it." (Maxie D. Dunnam, President, Asbury Theological Seminary)

"Gary W. Moon and David G. Benner are respected and visionary leaders in contemporary Christian soul care. Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls is an excellent resource for those seeking to understand major traditions of spiritual direction and distinguish among psychotherapy, spiritual direction and pastoral counseling. History, wisdom, faith and compassion meet in the pages of this book." (Mark R. McMinn, Rech Professor of Psychology, Wheaton College, Author of Why Sin Matters)

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"The variety of insightful authors brought together by the editors of this book offer the reader a unique and valuable perspective on the ways eight different Christian traditions understand and practice spiritual companionship, as well as elucidating the relation of this historic spiritual practice to modern pastoral counseling and psychotherapy. The book offers a distinctive contribution to the growing literature on this vital subject." The Rev. Dr. Tilden Edwards, Founder and Senior Fellow, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Bethesda, Maryland

"There is a tradition of wisdom about human life and the nature of change that has been lost to many of us in the evangelical community. Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls recaptures that wisdom from multiple perspectives and makes it available to us all. This is a rich resource for pastors, counselors, small group leaders and everyone interested in change." John Ortberg, Teaching Pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

"Gary W. Moon and David G. Benner are respected and visionary leaders in contemporary Christian soul care. Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls is an excellent resource for those seeking to understand major traditions of spiritual direction and distinguish among psychotherapy, spiritual direction and pastoral counseling. History, wisdom, faith and compassion meet in the pages of this book." Mark R. McMinn, Rech Professor of Psychology, Wheaton College, Author of Why Sin Matters

"Is anything more needed in our present culture than spiritual direction and soul care? I think not. So I'm elated with this comprehensive guide to spiritual direction. It is both theoretical and practical. I welcome it especially for pastors, professors and persons training for ministry. Only able advocates and practitioners of spiritual direction--Dr. Benner and Dr. Moon--could have put together this remarkable resource. I commend it." Maxie D. Dunnam, President, Asbury Theological Seminary


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Dr. David G. Benner is an internationally known depth psychologist, author, lecturer and cartographer of the human spirit and soul. The underlying passion of his life has been the understanding and pursuit of transformation - not merely healing or even growth, but the unfolding of the self associated with a journey of awakening. This has been the focus of his more than three decades of work in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and his more recent work as a transformational architect and coach. He can be found online through his website at http://www.drdavidgbenner.ca/ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DrDavidGBenner or Twitter @drdavidgbenner.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Kelly, D.Min. (ABD), Th.M., M.B.A. on March 1, 2013
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If not for my marked enthusiasm, I would be embarrassed to even admit my ignorance of the role and potential of an effective Spiritual Director (SD) in the ongoing discipleship process. I suppose the particular ministry circles of my youth and into my young adult life did not intersect with such a deliberate and strategic program in the ongoing development of those converted to faith in Christ. I suspect the greater emphasis in the Southern Baptist regions was placed primarily upon conversion and essentially stopped there. The idea of continued growth and accountability were discussed, but simply not a matter of priority - just make more (get the confession) - without equal attention to the discipleship process. For many within evangelical circles authentic transformation is what Dallas Willard referred to as a "gospel of sin management." The well-worn connotation, `stay away from beer, chew, and dates who do' sums up this group. This base characterization is a far stretch from the transformed lives of those redeemed through Christ's death in the synoptic gospels.

Spiritual direction is offered in response to deep careful reflection about a new relationship to God and the implications are of utmost important. Whereas pastoral counseling is often related to a specific chronic need - SD is in response to a lifelong pursuit of understanding myself in relationship to God and my passionate desire to follow His direction.
A recent reading of Glittering Images, authored by Susan Howatch was somewhat instrumental in offering a greater appreciation for one gifted in the art of spiritual direction in the life of one struggling to make sense of complex human relationships in light of our Christian calling. Godly direction and guidance was offered from an insightful and competent shepherd.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick R. Watters on February 25, 2012
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This is a wonderful collection on the subject, edited by two very good authors in their right. The one star review is puzzling in the least, and troubling at it's worst, I would ignore it and judge for yourself. Ironically, Marjorie Thompson (disciple of the late Henri Nouwen, whom I love) is cited. Makes me wonder if that "student" actually read this book?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eunice Oyungu on October 2, 2013
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A very clear discussion of what Spiritual direction means; the book also compares and contrasts Spiritual direction with pastoral counseling and psychotherapy from different 'streams.' A very helpful book. Easy to read.
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Also not understanding a 1-star review for this work, nor the comments therein? The collection is done by a group of authors and editors who are both humble and tolerant in their writing and comments toward each other. [Posted by Patti Padia Watters, the Moose's wife.]
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