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An Introduction to Spiritual Direction: A Psychological Approach for Directors and Directees

An Introduction to Spiritual Direction: A Psychological Approach for Directors and Directees

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  • ISBN-13: 9780809141746
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Release Date: Jan 28, 2004
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.55 x 7.92 x 5.66 inches

Overview

An Introduction to Spiritual Direction is a clear, nuanced and practical handbook for spiritual directors and directees that examines what it means to be spiritually whole and the process that gets us there. It is based in part on the two-year training course that the author conducts at Spiritual Direction Institute, the teachings of the depth psychologist, Carl Jung, and the Christian traditionalists, among them, St Francis de Sales, Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila, and John of the Cross. It is further conjoined with sections on the qualities of the good director and directee, with fascinating forays into the nature of temperament and psychological type. The core of the book is devoted to its larger question, the actual growth and acquisition of spiritual wisdom, where the stages, pitfalls, remedies, rewards, as well as the importance of spiritual direction, especially during times of crises, are examined in numerous comprehensive sections. Dovetailed with chapter notes and questions, index, and extensive bibliography, An Introduction to Spiritual Direction deserves recognition by directors, directees, counselors, students and practitioners of psychology, and religious educato

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