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Short Term Spiritual Guidance : Creative Pastoral Care & Counseling - BIDWELL

Short Term Spiritual Guidance

Creative Pastoral Care & Counseling


Paperback Published: 1st February 2004
ISBN: 9780800636586
Number Of Pages: 144

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Bidwell's book represents a significant departure from most contemporary writing about spiritual direction. While most writers focus on long-term relationships of guidance, and specifically envision 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 directed's life allows the participants to identify God's action and respond in ways that collaborate with that identified movement of the Spirit. The chapters include introduction to the foundations of spiritual direction as well as to specific direction techniques; they also address such topics as discernment, direction for couples and families, group direction, and discerning vocation.

Editor's Foreword
The Ministry of Spiritual Directionp. 1
Knowing Unknowingp. 13
Guidance from Brief Pastoral Counselingp. 26
The First Sessionp. 38
Taking Action: Techniques from Brief Pastoral Counselingp. 52
Contemplative Action: Interventions from the Spiritual Traditionsp. 69
The Art of Discernment in Brief Spiritual Directionp. 84
Spiritual Guidance with Couples and Familiesp. 95
Discovering Your Purpose: Exploring Vocation in Short-Term Group Spiritual Directionp. 107
Notesp. 115
Annotated Bibliographyp. 121
Bibliography of Web Resourcesp. 124
Indexp. 127
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ISBN: 9780800636586
ISBN-10: 0800636589
Series: Creative Pastoral Care & Counseling
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st February 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.62 x 14.15  x 0.81
Weight (kg): 0.18