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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: MOREHOUSE PUBLISHING (October 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081922376X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819223760
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Margaret Benefiel is author of Soul at Work (2005) and The Soul of a Leader (2008). She lives in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Geraldine Holton is the author of Wisdom Supervision and Soul Gardening. She is lecturer in the department of spirituality and director of supervisory practice at Milltown Institute in Ireland. She is also Chair of the Supervisors Association of Ireland and vice chair of the All Ireland Spiritual Guidance Association of Ireland.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Avid reader on April 23, 2011
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Margaret Benefiel and Geraldine Holton, editors of this book have engaged writers in both Ireland and the United States, working to uncover the soul in supervision. They clearly draw on Christian values but seek to invite the voices of all experience into reflection on the wisdom that can be drawn from a contemplative stance enhanced by critical reflection.
It begins with chapters that examine Reflective Practice and then moves to various supervision styles such as ministerial leadership, pastoral supervision, clinical pastoral education and includes my interest, supervision of spiritual directors. I see the authors seeking to glean from each of these forms of supervision and their individual richness. It's a gift to hold these various disciplines together for reflection!
As Michael Carroll suggests in the introduction the book is first about a philosophy of supervision, followed by a theology of supervision undergirded by a theme of spirituality, and then focuses on pastoral supervision and ministry through a reflective method.
I read this book through the lens of a supervisor of spiritual directors. If one is looking from that perspective there are articles by Conroy and Ruffing that may be helpful to flesh out the uniqueness of supervision of spiritual directors versus other models. I found the Ruffing's work to be more illuminating. I still long for a book that will seriously consider the absolute uniqueness of working with spiritual directors in supervision.
This book could be very helpful to introduce people to supervision practice of many kinds. It will help the reader view the variety of ways supervision is engaged and especially deepening the understanding of the gift that the soul offers.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn O'Connell Cleary on February 28, 2011
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Wise Counsel from the Soul of Supervision
The Soul of Supervision, edited by Margaret Benefiel and Geraldine Holton, is both illuminating and practical. The book offers a profound synthesis of contemplative spirituality, organizational dynamics and managerial technique. Drawing from a broad range of authors from the United States and Ireland, this book is a helpful and inspiring compendium for anyone engaged in spiritual direction, pastoral counseling, chaplaincy or organizational leadership. I highly recommend The Soul of Supervision.
Kathryn O'Connell Cleary, MA.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann Connolly, SC on March 3, 2012
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The Soul of Supervision arrived the other day and I have been "glued" to it ever since. Its insights, research, and reflections touched me deeply. I never thought about supervision as being so far reaching in so many professions. I have been greatly enlightened by the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 25, 2013
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Authors in The Soul of supervision re very near autopoietic approach. They try to connect God, supervision, and many categories but there is lack of knowledge in important disciplines (biology, philosophy, psychology, technology, economics, and law) through which we (my friend Karmela and I) are developing autopoietic supervision. Their book is very useful contribution, because many authors in supervision theory ignore pray, God, and spiritual issues.
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By darrell robinson on August 7, 2014
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PERFECT BOOK for my Training! Great read!!!!
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More About the Author

Margaret Benefiel, Ph.D., Executive Officer of Executive Soul, LLC, offers consulting, coaching, and spiritual direction for leaders and organizations. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Andover Newton Theological School in Boston and a visiting lecturer at All Hallows College in Dublin, Ireland. For the 2003-2004 academic year, she held the O'Donnell Chair of Spirituality at the Milltown Institute in Dublin.

Dr. Benefiel has served as Chair of the Academy of Management's Management, Spirituality, and Religion Group and has also served in various leadership roles in Spiritual Directors International. Over 1,000 executives, managers, and other leaders have participated in her seminars and courses.

She is the author of Soul at Work (Seabury, 2005) and The Soul of a Leader (Crossroad, 2008), and co-editor of The Soul of Supervision (Morehouse, 2010). Dr. Benefiel has also written for The Leadership Quarterly, Management Communication Quarterly, Managerial Finance, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Organization, Personal Excellence, America, Presence, The Way, Studies in Spirituality, Radical Grace, and Faith at Work.

She is a member of Beacon Hill Friends Meeting in Boston and lives in Boston with her husband. She enjoys hiking, cycling, reading novels, and scuba diving in her free time.

Visit her websites:
Executive Soul - http://www.executivesoul.com/
Margaret Benefiel - http://margaretbenefiel.com/


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