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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.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 204 Vendor: NavPress Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches) ISBN: 1576832864 ISBN-13: 9781576832868 Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.
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.
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.