Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship & Direction  -     By: David G. Benner
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Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship & Direction

Inter-Varsity Press / 2004 / Paperback

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In this inviting guide, David Benner introduces readers to the riches of spiritual friendship and direction, explaining what they are and how they are practiced. Spiritual direction moves beyond mere moral lifestyle accountability and goes deeper than popular notions of mentoring or discipling. Through prayerful, guided attunement to God's activity, sacred companions provide care for the soul. 240 pages, softcover from Formatio.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 083083270X
ISBN-13: 9780830832705
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An ECPA 2003 Gold Medallion Finalist! We need companions on our spiritual journey. The modern world has taught us to value autonomy and individualism. Our churches often see spirituality as personal and private. But we cannot go long in our Christian pilgrimage before realizing that isolation leads to spiritual barrenness. We soon discover that our souls long for accompaniment, intimacy and spiritual friendship. As a result, many Christians today are rediscovering the ancient practice of spiritual direction. In this inviting guide, David G. Benner introduces readers to the riches of spiritual friendship and direction, explaining what they are and how they are practiced. Spiritual direction moves beyond mere moral lifestyle accountability and goes deeper than popular notions of mentoring or discipling. Through prayerful, guided attunement to God's activity, sacred companions provide care for the soul. If we are to experience significant spiritual formation and growth, our souls must be nurtured through spiritual companions. Benner, well-accustomed to God's work through relationships, models the kind of traveling companion who can move us toward deeper intimacy with God.

Author Bio

David G. Benner (Ph.D., York University) is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Spirituality at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously he was an associate fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. A depth psychologist, spiritual director and retreat leader, Benner has written and edited many books, including the and He is the founding executive editor of the journal

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  1. jthomas
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    spoke to my heart
    December 11, 2012
    jthomas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    I bought the book because I was trying to learn more about Spiritual Direction. But I LOVED the book because it put words to what my heart longed for - Spiritual Friendships!
  2. Dr. Robert W. Kellemen
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 1, 2005
    Dr. Robert W. Kellemen
    People hunger for the sacred. They're thirsty for the experience of the presence of God. Their longings can't be chalked up to post-modernity or new age ideology. Rather, we can trace these desires for intimacy with God back through Church history, back to the Incarnation of Christ, and all the way back to Adam and Eve walking with God in the cool of the day. God designed us for God. Benner understands the soul's longings and he grasps how to help others to quench their thirst. For many reasons Sacred Companions interests me. Not the least of which is Crabbs recommendation. "I assigned Sacred Companions as the lead book in the first class I ever taught on spiritual direction. I think it's that good." Benner begins by guiding his readers on a journey through the basics of spiritual friendship and direction--what is it, what do we mean by the terms, what does it look like in real life? In Part II, especially helpful for Protestants unused to these concepts, he demystifies spiritual direction. Along the way, Benner provides insight from ancient spiritual guides, examples from his own ministry, and illustrations from diverse modern sources. In Part III, he elaborates on how to combine spiritual direction and spiritual friendship, and how to provide them in small groups and in marriage. Allotting a chapter to each allowed for a solid introduction, but leaves the reader hungry for more insight and instruction. The thorough index of resources helps to sate part of these hunger pangs. Each chapter ends with reflection questions and suggestions for application. These are excellent and perhaps would have been even more useful had they been prepared with enough space to be used as a built-in study guide/group discussion guide. Without question, Sacred Companions is a worthy addition to the growing list of resources available to equip Christians in soul care.Reviewer: Dr. Kellemen is the author of "Soul Physicians" and "Spiritual Friends."
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