Spiritual director, spiritual companion : guide to tending the soul
Spiritual direction pioneer Tilden Edwards here shares the wealth of twenty years of experience he's gained since his classic book, Spiritual Friend. The fresh and insightful result covers both spiritual and practical sides of the art, from the nature of the soul to recommendations on payment rates. Both directors and directees benefit from this wholistic look that considers all of the person and not just his or her prayer life. At the book's heart, though, is spiritual direction at its best. Edwards examines new methods to nurture the soul, ways to recognize a true spiritual experience, and suggestions for being truly present during the process. Practical guidelines are also given for getting started with new directees, running group spiritual direction, evaluating sessions, and setting up a spiritual director peer group. In addition, Edwards gives a brief history of this special ministry and a view of its future. He also considers spiritual companionship in other religious traditions and their relation to a Christian framework. This new title offers enormous insight and support for both spiritual directors and directees, anyone considering entering spiritual direction, and all those ministers--from pastors to Christian counselors--who so often unexpectedly find themselves in the role of spiritual director
Print Book, English, ©2001
Paulist Press, New York, ©2001
xi, 219 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
1. What Is Spiritual Companionship, and How Has It Evolved?
2. Who Are We? The Nature of Soul
3. How Do We Know? The Nature of Spiritual Experience
4. What Do We Do? The Nurture of Soul
5. How Do We Recognize a Spiritual Companion
6. How Are We Present with Another as Spiritual Companion?
7. How Do We Attend the Communal Circles of Our Lives?
8. The Evolving Future of Spiritual Direction
Appendix A: Where Can We Find Further Help? Appendix B: The Spiritual Director Peer Group Meeting
Appendix C: Selected Bibliography