Short review I have been reading books on spiritual direction over the past several months trying to see what I am really Bitter Choices: Blue-Collar Women in and out of Work looking for when Iook
For A Spiritual Director a spiritual director book Barrio: Photographs from Chicago's Pilsen and Little Village looks at four different types of spiritual direction Spiritual friendship Formal Spiritual direction Small group spiritual direction and spiritual direction in marriage In all three Benner suggests there are three goals 1 becoming a greatover 2 becoming whole and holy and 3 becoming our true self in Christ I spent nearly a month slowly reading through this not because it is difficult but because I am still unsure about what I am really ooking for But this was a helpful book to get some perspective on spiritual directionMy full review is on my blog at I chose to read this book because I was intrigued by the idea of a spiritual friendship how it differs from mentorship and how I could be put it into practice Upon completion I definitely have a better understanding of what it entails Simply put the task of spiritual friends is to help us discern the presence will and eading of the Spirit of God The notion of a spiritual friendship us discern the presence will and Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French leading of the Spirit of God The notion of a spiritual friendship simple yet profound Iike the idea that you have to be very vulnerable and intentional in this type of relationship At the end of the day your INTIMACY with your spiritual friend is what drives the relationship and I think that is important David Benner does a commendable job of Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America laying out biblical principles of how this can play out I particularlyiked the notion that we are to embrace our humanity in the process It speaks highly of the notion that we are not to become divine but humane in At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture light of who God originally designed us to be I also appreciated the part that discussed how a spousal relationship can pursue a spiritual friendship and the benefits that it providesMy main criticism of the book is that it could have been concise Realistically it could have communicated the same message in about 23 of An ECPA 2003 Gold Medallion FinalistWe need companions on our spiritual journey The modern world has taught us to value autonomy and individualism Our churches often see spirituality as personal and private But we cannot goong in our Christian pilgrimage before realizing that isolation Black Nationalism: The Search for an Identity leads to spiritual barrenness We soon discover that our soulsong for accompaniment intimacy and ,
Overview of spiritual direction along with clear examples As an added bonus he provides other formats and opportunities that include spiritual istening and encouragement in small groups as well as how spiritual accompaniment can work within marriage Benner s works always inspiring toward deepening and intentional spirituality Read the audio book but also have read a good deal of the printed book at an earlier time I ike the book as it gives good examples of spiritual companions
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for improving it An exciting explanation for the paradigm of viewing relationships inimproving it An exciting explanation for the paradigm of viewing relationships in through a spiritually servant filled ens This book was simply amazing in the area of euipping Christians with the awareness and training of spiritual direction Easy reading Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago level though I would not recommend it for a newer believer This book is suited for the mature Christian that is eitherooking for where they can find depth in their relationship with God or Berlioz and the Romantic Century looking to better journey with believers in their developing faith Personally I found myself saying Wait I already do this This was extremely encouraging once I ran into the chapter that spoke on this subject of being called to spiritual direction chapter seven One of those criteria was finding that you already did a version of it 148 Spiritual direction and mentoring is a path I want to go on in faith hoping that I can better journey with my brothers and sisters I enjoyed the book particularly chapters 1 3 Those are the primary chapters that Benner writes about friendships with inspiring challenge and comfort Chapters 4 7 are much about the specific role of a spiritual director Things can get muddy there Chapters 8 9 are practical as he shares about how the intimate friendships can work within a small group and marriage Iook forward to discussing this with some guys soo. Ntoring or discipling Through prayerful guided attunement to God's activity sacred companions provide care for the soul If we are to experience significant spiritual formation and growth our souls must be nurtured through spiritual companions Benner well accustomed to God's work through relationships models the kind of traveling companion who can move us toward deeper intimacy with God.
Read & download Sacred CompanionsHe ength Additionally I think it WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER TO SEPARATE have been better to separate subjects of Spiritual Friendship and Spiritual Direction into two books Sometimes I found the dividing Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F): Canadian Art: Volume I (A-F) line between the two relationships blurry at best Overall I recommend the book for anyone who wants toearn about Spiritual Friendship and how it can be pursued in their ifeFAVORITE PASSAGEA soul friendship is therefore a relationship to which I bring my whole self especially my inner self And the care that I offer for the other person in a soul friendship is a care for his or her whole self especially the inner self Soul friends seek to safeguard each other s uniueness and nurture the growth of each other s inner self They seek to meet each other as whole people and help each other become
Whole People They Offer Each Other Thepeople They offer each other the gift of accompaniment on the human journey Handbook on spiritual friendship and spiritual directorsThis topic is new to me I had a cursory knowledge of the benefits of spiritual friendship but didn t realize the depth of possibilities of soul friendship I ook forward to applying this new understanding in a relationship with a Christian friend It also addresses how to incorporate this type of spiritual friendship in marriage An insightful read Love this one Best uote maybe God designed marriage to make us holy than to make us happy Some parts were helpful than others However he does a great job defining spiritual friendship and spiritual direction I found this book to be helpful as I think about how spiritual friendship and direction work together Also Benner provides a One Touch of Scandal lengthy book recommendationist which is always helpful i picked up this book mainly to go further in understanding the specific nature of spiritual direction Having read many books on SD i found this one to be among the most clarifying Benner begins by talking about intentional spiritual friendships in general and moves on to give a specific. Piritual friendship As a result many Christians today are rediscovering the ancient practice of spiritual direction In this inviting guide David G Benner introduces readers to the riches of spiritual friendship and direction explaining what they are and how they are practiced Spiritual direction moves beyond mere moral Bulletproof Feathers lifestyle accountability and goes deeper than popular notions of me.