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Spiritual Friendship

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"Mindy Caliguire knows and cares about the deep things of the soul. She's been there. And she can be a wise guide here for you," says John Ortberg, author of The Life You've Always Wanted.

We are tired. Many of us long for sources of nurture for our weary souls. But we don't know where to turn. We've tried various Christian plans for growth, yet sometimes these programs leave us even more drained and frustrated. Interestingly, the answer can be found in our everyday lives: ordinary relationships can restore life ...

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Overview

"Mindy Caliguire knows and cares about the deep things of the soul. She's been there. And she can be a wise guide here for you," says John Ortberg, author of The Life You've Always Wanted.

We are tired. Many of us long for sources of nurture for our weary souls. But we don't know where to turn. We've tried various Christian plans for growth, yet sometimes these programs leave us even more drained and frustrated. Interestingly, the answer can be found in our everyday lives: ordinary relationships can restore life and health to our depleted souls.

So why do we resist intimacy with others if it's part of our soul's architecture? Because people also cause us pain.

Soul Care Resources are designed to be simple, but not simplistic, guides to maintaining or recovering the life and health of your soul. Spiritual Friendship introduces you to principles of friendship that bring focus to your spiritual life. You'll discover what it takes to have a rich, God-centered relationship that will nourish your soul.

You use this book in small chunks of daily reading, covering the whole book in the course of four weeks. Also included are four guided group discussions for use with a small group or a spiritual friend.

Also available in the Soul Care Resources series is Discovering Soul Care, an introduction to the resources for spiritual health we have in Christ.

Are you ready to recover your reserves?

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Editorial Reviews

Lynne Hybels
"For many years I have enjoyed a soul-nurturing friendship with Mindy Caliguire, so I know she lives out the truths she writes about. I am delighted that her passion and practical wisdom will find an increasing audience through these studies."
Richard J. Foster
"Today the interior life of vast numbers is empty, parched, dry. And the reason? In our daily, desperate scramble of panting feverishness we have never so much as considered the health of our soul. This is why Mindy Caliguire's Soul Care Resources are so valuable and so timely for the contemporary scene. They are practical, well-grounded, wise books that help us cultivate a life of robust soul-health. I recommend Soul Care Resources highly."
Scot McKnight
"Please hear me out: Plan a retreat today, plan on taking this book, and plan on experiencing God's gracious care anew. Take your time, avoid the rush, just sit and read and listen and commune with God. You will find that opening yourself to God heals the soul. You will find the friendship of God."
John Ortberg
"Mindy Caliguire knows and cares about the deep things of the soul. She's been there. And she can be a wise guide here for you."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830835102
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2007
  • Series: Soul Care Resources
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 996,172
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mindy Caliguire is founder and president of Soul Care®, a spiritual formation ministry. She serves as the director of transformation ministry for the Willow Creek Association. Mindy is a frequent speaker and retreat leader, working with groups such as the Spiritual Formation Alliance. Her books include Faith Books & Spiritual Journaling (with Sharon Soneff) and Write for Your Soul: The Whys and Hows of Journaling (with Jeff Caliguire).
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Experience One: A Source of Spiritual Power
Part 1. Path for Growth
Part 2. Tapping into the Transcendent
Part 3. God with Us
Part 4. God Among Us
Part 5. Group Discussion
Experience Two: Barriers to Soul Friendship
Part 1. Finding One Corner
Part 2. Finding Safe People
Part 3. Knowing What to Look For
Part 4. Overcoming inertia
Part 5. Group Discussion
Experience Three: Forging a Soul Friendship
Part 1. Mirroring
Part 2. Self-Disclosure
Part 3. Areas of Struggle
Part 4. Giving and Receiving Grace
Part 5. Group Discussion
Experience Four: Growing Deeper
Part 1. Praying for a Spiritual Friend
Part 2. Praying with a Spiritual Friend
Part 3. Celebrating
Part 4. Soul Spelunking
Part 5. Group Discussion
Conclusion
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