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Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction
     

Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction

by Margaret Guenther
 

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Margaret Guenther shares with the reader a loving and evocative meditation on the experience of spiritual direction from the perspective of a wise and hospitable spiritual director, who is also a woman, wife, mother, teacher, and priest.

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Margaret Guenther shares with the reader a loving and evocative meditation on the experience of spiritual direction from the perspective of a wise and hospitable spiritual director, who is also a woman, wife, mother, teacher, and priest.

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Library Journal
This is a solid introduction to the art of guiding others in Christian spiritual growth. Guenther, wife, mother, Episcopal priest, and seminary professor, uses feminine images, especially midwifery, to describe the director's role, but insists that both women and men can assist spiritual birth. Her treatment is thoroughly human, and at the same time she is considerate of gender issues. Guenther focuses on sins of self-hatred and self-contempt as well as pride and greed. An excellent addition to its field, this is for seminary and public libraries.
Review For Religious
Even apart from its value as a book on the process of spiritual direction, Holy Listening is a delightful commentary on every Christian's spiritual journey.
Sisters Today
Because the author's sincerity and authenticity resound from every page, … this work is bound to prove insightful and revelatory to the inexperienced as well as the experienced. It is earthy and practical, sensitive and contemplative.
Congregations
This excellent and wise book continues an important trend as the spiritual traditions of classical Christianity and other religions are translated into the idioms and situations of the modern world. This work is useful for those who are spiritual directors, directees, or those interested in issues related to spiritual growth. … I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is easy to read yet filled with insight. Perhaps the best recommendation I can give it is to say that it has helped me in my own spiritual pilgrimage.
— Rev. Dr. Gerald A. Butler
Congregations - Rev. Dr. Gerald A. Butler
This excellent and wise book continues an important trend as the spiritual traditions of classical Christianity and other religions are translated into the idioms and situations of the modern world. This work is useful for those who are spiritual directors, directees, or those interested in issues related to spiritual growth. … I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is easy to read yet filled with insight. Perhaps the best recommendation I can give it is to say that it has helped me in my own spiritual pilgrimage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780232520088
Publisher:
Darton Longman and Todd
Publication date:
09/28/1992

Meet the Author

Margaret Guenther is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director, and retreat leader. She recently retired as professor of ascetical theology at The General Theological Seminary in New York, where she was the director of its Center for Christian Spirituality. Her other books include The Practice of Prayer and Toward Holy Ground: Spiritual Directions for the Second Half of Life.

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