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Exploring Spiritual Direction
     

Exploring Spiritual Direction

by Alan W. Jones, Alan Jones
 

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This new edition of a classic work of spiritual theology, one of the first to emerge out of the spiritual direction movement, helps us to explore spiritual direction in the wider context of Christian friendship. Rather than focusing exclusively on the relationship between director and directed, Exploring Spiritual Direction is a spacious work in which all can

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This new edition of a classic work of spiritual theology, one of the first to emerge out of the spiritual direction movement, helps us to explore spiritual direction in the wider context of Christian friendship. Rather than focusing exclusively on the relationship between director and directed, Exploring Spiritual Direction is a spacious work in which all can find their place. It is concerned with the whole life of the body and spirit as the background against which spiritual friendship unfolds, and in that way truly integrates theology and spirituality. Jones begins with our need for companionship that helps to clarify our understanding and lets us move beyond our own prejudices to see the "true nature of things." Insisting on the need to undertake spiritual direction as an act of worship within a faith community, he goes on to look at the part that spiritual warfare, vulnerability, imagination, contemplation, and sacrifice all play in the work of spiritual guidance.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alan Jones is the Dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, and former professor of ascetical theology at the General Theological Seminary. His many books include Exploring Spiritual Direction, Living the Truth, Journey Into Christ, Soul Making, Passion for Pilgrimage, and The Soul's Journey.

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The Living Church
In his book, Alan Jones has made a fine contribution to the needs of the church. He has stripped away the obscurity and fearfulness of this important ministry and shown it to be basically good Christian common sense, rooted and grounded in the love of God in Christ, and enabled by the Holy Spirit to be effective. He gives us a wonderful picture of friendship in Christ as we move together through our pilgrimage....This book will be a great help to all of us, as we struggle to come more fully into the holiness of God.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561011728
Publisher:
Cowley Publications
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Series:
The New Church's Teaching Ser.
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.54(d)

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