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Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls: A…

Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls: A Guide to Christian Approaches…

by Gary W. Moon

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This book outlines how seven major traditions view Spiritual Direction.
1. Orthodox Christianity
2. Roman Catholic
3. Episcopal
4. Reformed
5. Wesleyan-Holiness
6. Social-Justice
7. Pentecostal/Charismatic

It also looks at the three major voices in "soul care."
1. Psychotherapy
2. Sprititual Direction
3. Pastoral Counselling

Additionally, it looks at the conceptual issues, and ethical issues of Spiritual Direction and Psychotherapy; as well as Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Counselling.

In its final chapter, it takes an anonymous yet real case and has a psychotherapist, spiritual director and pastoral counselor each delineate how they would approach the care for this individual.

One discordant note in that last chapter was the piece written by the Pastoral Counsellor. Prior to it being explicitly stated, it was clear she is an ardent feminist, when she made the unsubstantiated claim that the congregant the pastor had an affair with had come to him for Pastoral Care.

It is true we tend to invest unwarranted power onto our clergy, and we want them to assume Christlike virtues when we, the laity, are not willing to abide on such a lofty plane, ourselves. But it is wrong for a therapist or director to assume facts not in evidence merely because of their own biases. ( )
  kaulsu | Jul 7, 2011 |
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In recent years, many Christian clergy, laity and mental health professionals have rediscovered the ancient practices of spiritual direction. Seen as a refreshing alternative to the techniques and limitations of modern psychology, such practices offer new insights for pastoral care. But many remain unclear on what spiritual direction is and whether its methods are applicable to their own clients and parishioners.

Spiritual direction is a practice of Christian soul care that is found most notably in the Catholic, Orthodox and Episcopal traditions but is also present in Wesleyan/Holiness, Pentecostal/charismatic, social justice and Reformed communities. Predating modern counseling and psychotherapy movements but sharing key principles and insights for spiritual formation, spiritual direction offers significant resources for todays pastors, counselors, therapists, chaplains and other caregivers attuned to the work of God in peoples lives.

In this landmark volume, editors Gary W. Moon and David G. Benner, along with a team of expert contributors, provide a comprehensive survey of spiritual direction in its myriad Christian forms. Specific chapters offer careful historical perspective and contemporary analysis of how Christians from various backgrounds have practiced spiritual direction, with particular attention to each traditions definition of spiritual direction, the process of authentic transformation, the role of the spiritual director, indicators of mature spirituality and other aspects of the spiritual direction process. Chapters also provide psychological and clinical insight into how spiritual direction is similar to, different from and can be integrated with psychotherapy and pastoral counseling to help others experience spiritual transformation and union with God.

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