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5.0 out of 5 stars Important exploration of Spiritual Direction in the Ignatian Tradition
This book is highly respected as an important contributor to a healthy understanding of Spiritual Direction today.
Contrary to some people's idea the hands off approach of non-judgement is not pure modern psychology - and lies deep in the Christian tradition of Spiritual Direction, particularly in the Ignatian tradition. This approach provides a profound basis for...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Approach seemed "backwards"
This would be a perfect guide for one who wishes to be the spiritual director who "offends" and challenges no one. The problem is that such direction would be virtually worthless.
Though the experience which the authors possess is clear, my impression was that, rather than taking classic concepts of spiritual direction and incorporating the insights of...
Published on 25 July 2001 by Elizabeth G. Melillo


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important exploration of Spiritual Direction in the Ignatian Tradition, 24 Jan 2009
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This book is highly respected as an important contributor to a healthy understanding of Spiritual Direction today.
Contrary to some people's idea the hands off approach of non-judgement is not pure modern psychology - and lies deep in the Christian tradition of Spiritual Direction, particularly in the Ignatian tradition. This approach provides a profound basis for 'letting the creator deal with the creature' and enables significant transformation through discerning listening. This Barry and Connolly very helpfully explore and provide much insight and guidance. It is top of my recommended list for serious reading about Spiritual Direction and a must read for those seeking to respond to a call into this ministry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The practice of spiritual direction, 7 Mar 2012
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This is a well written and highly informative book which covers a lot of ground. It will provide a good overview of what spiritual direction is, how to do it and how to recognise and avoid some of the most common problems.
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14 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Approach seemed "backwards", 25 July 2001
This would be a perfect guide for one who wishes to be the spiritual director who "offends" and challenges no one. The problem is that such direction would be virtually worthless.
Though the experience which the authors possess is clear, my impression was that, rather than taking classic concepts of spiritual direction and incorporating the insights of modern psychology, they were accepting the latter as truth and adapting the former to fit them. They suggest a "non-judgement" approach more suited to a therapist than to pastoral work.
Certainly, the sort of distance and authoritarian stance of previous centuries, which the authors rightly see as passe (though it worked in its time), requires much adaptation to be effective today. Yet, in recent decades, the essence, comprising the accumulated wisdom of many centuries, too often has been sacrificed because how to apply the accidental is unclear. The authors make some areas rather murky and puzzling. For example, one case cited is that of a religious Sister who is spiritual director to a married woman who believes her life and prayer have improved in the course of a current adulterous relationship. The authors believe the director should keep silent, because to do otherwise would be following an agenda of defending marriage rather than being open to the other woman's needs - and rely on her having other sources of information, or a personal intuition, that may influence her assessment of her situation. This is quite contrary to any classic view, since one of a director's ministries always has been to assist the other in a truly honest view, unhampered by self-deception - and adultery, a clearly immoral action in Christian teaching which a director would have an obligation to correct, has never been viewed as helpful in the spiritual life.
My impression was that, in encouraging those in this ministry to embrace current trends in psychology and the like, many of the key parts of the ministry (however unpleasant they may be at times) were neglected.
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