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Seeking God in All Things: Theology and Spiritual Direction

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The practice of spiritual direction assumes a theology of the Holy Spirit, a theology of revelation and of the Church, and a theology of prayer. Seeking God in All Things explores each of these themes as the underpinnings of spiritual direction and examines what makes the Christian religious experience distinctive.

Since not every experience of God bears a Christian imprint, William Reiser, SJ, asks whether and in what way a Christian might be ale to assist someone who is not ...

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Overview

The practice of spiritual direction assumes a theology of the Holy Spirit, a theology of revelation and of the Church, and a theology of prayer. Seeking God in All Things explores each of these themes as the underpinnings of spiritual direction and examines what makes the Christian religious experience distinctive.

Since not every experience of God bears a Christian imprint, William Reiser, SJ, asks whether and in what way a Christian might be ale to assist someone who is not Christian in developing his or her interior life. This question looks beyond suggesting the concrete steps a person might take in initiating, nurturing, and solidifying a way of praying. It looks, rather, toward the fundamental issue of helping others as they discover and deepen their relationship to the mystery of God.

Chapters are It Is God Who Directs," *Imagining Divine Action in Human Lives, - *Where Do Holy Desires Come From? - *What's Distinctive About the Christian Religious Experience? - *Further Elements of Christian Distinctiveness, - *The Incarnation as a Starting Point for Spiritual Direction, - and *Should Christian Spirituality Move Beyond Jesus? -

William Reiser, SJ, PhD, is a professor of theology in the religious studies department at Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts. Over the past twelve years, he has also served as an associate staff member at the Center for Religious Development in Cambridge. He is the author of Jesus in Solidarity with His People, published by Liturgical Press.

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Editorial Reviews

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This book belongs in the library of every spiritual director, but would also be of general interest for its insights into the distinctiveness of Christian ministry.
New Theology Review

I recommend this for those involved in the ministry of spiritual direction as well as those wanting to reflect on their experience of spiritual direction.
St. Placid Priory

. . . offers an interesting and challenging outline of what theology might have to offer directors working with mainstream Christians.
The Way

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814651667
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


William Reiser, SJ, PhD, is a professor of theology in the religious studies department at Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts. Over the past twelve years, he has also served as an associate staff member at the Center for Religious Development in Cambridge. He is the author of Jesus in Solidarity with His People, published by Liturgical Press.
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Table of Contents

1 It is God who reveals : direction and revelation 15
2 Imaging divine action in human lives 33
3 Where do holy desires come from? 55
4 What is distinctive about the Christian religious experience? 69
5 Further elements of Christian distinctiveness 99
6 The incarnation as a starting point for spiritual direction 117
7 Should Christian spirituality move beyond Jesus? 131
Postscript : a certain tension 147
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