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Short-Term Spiritual Guidance: A Contemporary Approach to a Classic Discipline, Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling

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Overview

This book represents a significant departure from most contemporary writing about spiritual direction. While most writers focus on long-term relationships of guidance, specifically envisioning long listening sessions, Bidwell changes focus. Spiritual direction, he insists, typically requires intervention in a specific crisis or situation or question, is not formal, lasts fewer than five sessions, and must be actively and intentionally focused on the person's growth. Bidwell's work shows what spiritual directors can learn from the short-term therapy model, especially about enabling people briefly but effectively to ''learn to listen on their own and with others for God's presence.'' Focusing on how God is already active in the directee's life allows the participants to identify God's action and respond in ways that collaborate with that identified movement of the Spirit.
Key Features:

A one-volume guide to the practice of spiritual direction
Beautifully and simply explains the classic concepts
Specific and helpful advice for different situations and for group direction

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800636586
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/15/2004
  • Series: Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 773,951
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
Preface
1 The Ministry of Spiritual Direction 1
2 Knowing Unknowing 13
3 Guidance from Brief Pastoral Counseling 26
4 The First Session 38
5 Taking Action: Techniques from Brief Pastoral Counseling 52
6 Contemplative Action: Interventions from the Spiritual Traditions 69
7 The Art of Discernment in Brief Spiritual Direction 84
8 Spiritual Guidance with Couples and Families 95
9 Discovering Your Purpose: Exploring Vocation in Short-Term Group Spiritual Direction 107
Notes 115
Annotated Bibliography 121
Bibliography of Web Resources 124
Index 127
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