Soul Guide: Following Jesus As Spiritual Director   -     By: Bruce Demarest
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Soul Guide: Following Jesus As Spiritual Director

NavPress / 2002 / Paperback

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Just as tour guides lead you to unfamiliar destinations, so spiritual mentors can point the way through life's myriad decisions. With Demarest's practical handbook, you'll gain direction from Jesus, Moses, Luther, and others; learn how to deal with confusion; rekindle your spiritual passion; develop deeper intimacy with God; and more. 204 pages, softcover from NavPress.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 204
Vendor: NavPress
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1576832864
ISBN-13: 9781576832868
Availability: Available to ship on or about 08/21/14.

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Spiritual and professional mentor Demarest provides biblically based, practical information on life and soul guidance, using the example of Christ as our Spiritual Director. This book is ideal for evangelical and mainstream readers who want spiritual emphasis (versus psychological emphasis) in the area of soul guidance.

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Commonly associated with monastic orders and the mystical practices of Roman Catholic saints, the discipline of spiritual direction is one that conservative Protestants have approached with caution and caveats. That may be changing. Well known in evangelical circles, Demarest, a popular author and professor at Denver Seminary, argues that spiritual counselors and "soul friends" are indeed part of God's plan for the converted Christian. Although comfortable referring to classic spiritual authorities like Teresa of Avila and the Desert Fathers (and Mothers), Demarest believes that "soul-care"-relationships between experienced Christians and those seeking guidance in faith-are driven by the believer's fundamental need to imitate Christ's life and character. "In Jesus Christ, then, we find the pattern of spiritual guidance and the qualities of the ideal spiritual director," he writes. At the heart of the book is a group of meditations on various Gospel passages; Demarest uses an event in the life of Jesus Christ to draw some conclusions about his character and relationships. One of a series of books on spiritual formation offered by NavPress, this volume offers readers application questions at the end of each chapter. The author's focus on Jesus as principal spiritual mentor should allay conservatives' concerns about extra-biblical eclecticism, and his balanced and straightforward style should also give this volume wide appeal. One minor gripe: in a book that avoids any controversy over gender roles, the occasional use of the word "man" instead of "humanity" is jarring. (Jan.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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  1. Dr. Robert W. Kellemen
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    September 15, 2005
    Dr. Robert W. Kellemen

    "Soul Guide" by Bruce Demarest is something of his companion volume to "Satisfy Your Soul" with "Soul Guide" more of the manual for personal spiritual direction, and "Satisfy Your Soul" more of a theology of personal spiritual growth. Both books together supply a fine pairing of comprehensive, biblical thinking on soul care and spiritual direction. As the subtitle suggests, Demarest uses Jesus as the model for a spiritual director. In doing so, he uncovers the pattern of spiritual guidance and the qualities of the ideal spiritual director. The built in study guide allows readers to apply the principles to their own lives. "Soul Guide" is not a detailed, step-by-step training manual to learn the art of spiritual direction. Rather, it offers pictures, in living color, of the greatest Spiritual Director, and then invites readers to follow His example. Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Soul Physicians" and "Spiritual Friends," and of the forthcoming "Beyond the Suffering: The Story of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction."

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