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The Way of Spiritual Direction (Consecrated Life Studies) Paperback – July 1, 1985
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If you want to know what it takes to be a spiritual companion (mind you, this is a God-given calling), read this book. Most books on spiritual direction are about specific prayer styles and methods, or they provide 'practicums', that is, those books contain "To Do" and the exercises can be used for reflection and meditation purposes. "The Way of Spiritual Direction" however offers no such exercises except for a bit of bible references in the last part of the book under the chapter, "Personalized Retreats".
What I find helpful in this book are the topics related to listening, loving the directee, and how the relationship between director and directee can be sustained in the light of God's holy presence. The topic on listening is extensively dealt with by the authors and I am made more aware of the 'technicalities' of listening, in other words, the art of listening to another without prejudice and preconceived ideas on my part. I find this to be one of the best books on the art of listening with a spiritual heart.
Listening in a companionship such as spiritual direction is not one-sided. The authors present "Difficulties for the Directee in Listening" as well. Good food for a directee.
Discernment, a hot topic in spiritual direction, is also dealt with in the book. How does one discern Divine Wisdom? How does one test out if indeed the inspiration is from God? How can a director be a co-discerner with his directee in listening to God's voice and inspiration?Read more ›
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I can always count on Amazon getting it right all the time. The books were excellent resources for the Formation in Spiritual Direction classes I'm currently enrolled in. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Guadalupe Gutierrez
This text is both explanatory and practical for both spiritual directors and directees. I particularly like the suggestions for guided retreats, and the author's consideration of... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Barbara Moran