Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship & Direction

Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship & Direction

by David G. Benner
     
 

ISBN-10: 083083270X

ISBN-13: 9780830832705

Pub. Date: 07/23/2004

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

An ECPA 2003 Gold Medallion Finalist!

We 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 go long in our Christian pilgrimage before realizing that isolation leads to spiritual barrenness. We soon discover that our souls long for

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An ECPA 2003 Gold Medallion Finalist!

We 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 go long in our Christian pilgrimage before realizing that isolation leads to spiritual barrenness. We soon discover that our souls long for accompaniment, intimacy and spiritual 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 lifestyle accountability and goes deeper than popular notions of mentoring 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780830832705
Publisher:
InterVarsity Press
Publication date:
07/23/2004
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
515,986
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Larry Crabb
Preface: Companions on the Spiritual Journey
AcknowledgmentsPart One: Spiritual Friendship
1. The Transformational Journey
2. Hospitality, Presence & Dialogue
3. Ideals of Spiritual FriendshipPart Two: Spiritual Direction
4. Demystifying Spiritual Direction
5. Soul Attunement
6. A Portrait of the Process
7. Becoming a Spiritual DirectorPart Three: Combining Spiritual Friendship & Direction
8. Spiritual accompaniment in Small Groups
9. Spiritual Accompaniment in Marriage
Epilogue: The High Calling of Sacred Companions
Suggestions for Further Reading
General Listing
Index

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