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Trustworthy Connections: Interpersonal Issues in Spiritual Direction

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Although God is at the center of the process of spiritual direction, the more readily visible participants are human beings. Like all other people, directors and directees are subject to relationship dynamics. Trustworthy Connections identifies some issues and challenges that can arise in spiritual direction relationships and offers resources for further consideration and reflection. The topics and examples are focused on traditional one–to–one, face–to–face spiritual direction, although some are also relevant to...
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Overview

Although God is at the center of the process of spiritual direction, the more readily visible participants are human beings. Like all other people, directors and directees are subject to relationship dynamics. Trustworthy Connections identifies some issues and challenges that can arise in spiritual direction relationships and offers resources for further consideration and reflection. The topics and examples are focused on traditional one–to–one, face–to–face spiritual direction, although some are also relevant to group direction and direction by correspondence. Trustworthy Connections is designed for use as a reference and a springboard for discussion for spiritual directors and anyone else who is interested in spiritual direction. Like the process of spiritual direction itself, this book is about asking questions, discussing ideas, and suggesting alternatives rather than giving advice or getting answers.
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Editorial Reviews

Presence: An International Journal Of Spiritual Direction - Kriss Erickson
. . . a practical guide to spiritual direction. . . . Silver’s focus is on the basics of traditional, one-on-one spiritual direction with all its relational challenges. I am impressed with the thoroughness of this practical guide.
Living Water/Episcopal Life - Rev. Al Keeney
For those who practice the art of Spiritual Direction, there has been an ongoing difficulty in how one will learn more about the call and work of spiritual companioning those who seek to know what God is doing in their lives. Two schools of mentoring are available: one that sees the call of the spiritual director as a charism or gift from God and helps the director to go deeper into his or her spiritual life as well as the tradition and practice over the centuries. The other school sees the gift or call into spiritual direction from a more clinical mode of training, as a set of skills and practices to be learned. Ann Winchell Silver . . . helps the reader to see it is not an ‘either/or’ proposition but a ‘both/and’ situation. Believing in the grounding of this call in the Holy One, she balances this spiritual calling with sound suggestions for its practice . . . everything from the space one uses for direction to ethical guidelines and what to look for in a spiritual director.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561012527
  • Publisher: Cowley Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 678,832
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.59 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

ANNE WINCHELL SILVER draws upon more than thirty years of experience as a member of the counseling faculty at Kingsborough Community College in the City University of New York. She studied at New York University, Fordham University, and the General Theological Seminary’s Center for Christian Spirituality, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi
Introduction xiii
Chapter 1 Sacred Space 1
Chapter 2 Covenant 11
Chapter 3 Payment 23
Chapter 4 Dual Relationships 37
Chapter 5 Attraction 47
Chapter 6 "Fixing Things" 61
Chapter 7 Referral 69
Chapter 8 Self-Care 81
Chapter 9 For Directees: What to Expect 93
Chapter 10 Concluding Suggestions 105
Appendix 1 A Code of Ethics for Spiritual Directors 111
Appendix 2 Spiritual Directors International Guidelines for Ethical Conduct 137
Annotated Bibliography 145
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  • Posted May 21, 2011

    Looking for a Spiritual Director? Read this first!!!

    Many people who think they would like a Spiritual Director have no idea what to expect. This book is sound, grounded & well researched. The author is a practicing Spiritual Director who knows full well that it is the Holy Spirit who does the directing. She accompanies directees as they listen and look for God's direction

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2004

    important ideas

    This is a wonderful book. Complex, difficult, and very important concepts are expressed clearly and simply. Although it is written specifically for spiritual directors, it would be useful reading for anyone who works in intimate interaction with people.

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