Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction

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Guenther uses the images of the spiritual director as host, teacher, and midwife to describe the ministry of spiritual direction today. She pays particular attention to spiritual direction for women, and addresses such down-to-earth questions as setting, time, and privacy. The stories of real people bring the practice of spiritual direction alive. “In the pages that follow, I will attempt to describe the shape that spiritual direction might take for people of our time, aware that the subject is an elusive one. I ...

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Overview

Guenther uses the images of the spiritual director as host, teacher, and midwife to describe the ministry of spiritual direction today. She pays particular attention to spiritual direction for women, and addresses such down-to-earth questions as setting, time, and privacy. The stories of real people bring the practice of spiritual direction alive. “In the pages that follow, I will attempt to describe the shape that spiritual direction might take for people of our time, aware that the subject is an elusive one. I am speaking to the beginner, those persons lay or ordained, with or without formal theological training, who find themselves drawn to this ministry. Perhaps they feel the stirring of their own unacknowledged gifts. Or perhaps they wonder about receiving direction, whether it is a ministry available to ‘ordinary people’ or reserved for the especially holy. I hope some dark corners will be illuminated and some questions answered.”

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561010561
  • Publisher: Cowley Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Series: The New Church's Teaching Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 146
  • Sales rank: 198,617
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface by Alan Jones Chapter 2 Welcoming the Stranger Chapter 3 Good Teachers Chapter 4 Midwife to the Soul Chapter 5 Women and Spiritual Direction

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    A Classic on Spiritual Direction

    Margaret Guenther had written a wonderful book for those interested in what Spiritual Direction is all about. Even if you have no interest in being or working with a spiritual director, it is a great lesson in the value of really listening intently and respectfully to what others are saying to you. This is a marvelous book, frequently used at spiritual retreats to introduce people to holy conversation as a path to growth and healing.

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