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We are not alone.

God is present with us. And God gives us companions on the journey. A spiritual director is one such companion, offering spiritual guidance to help
  • make sense of the faith journey
  • interpret the significant markers on the road
  • encourage us, particularly through the more difficult transitions and valleys of our pilgrimage
  • and, most of all, to notice the ministry of the Spirit in our lives
Gordon Smith writes:

Even if we have been Christians and maturing in our faith for many years, we still need the encouragement and guidance that might come through spiritual direction. . . Genuine humility is evident in our realization that we need a companion, a fellow pilgrim and Christian, who can help us discern and foster an attentiveness to God's presence in our lives. This is the gift of spiritual direction.

Whether you are a director, a directee or simply someone who wants to learn more about this ancient ministry, you will find this book to be a helpful guide.

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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: IVP Books
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN-13: 9780830864706

Publisher's Description

God gives us companions on our journey. A spiritual director is one such companion, offering spiritual guidance. Whether you are a director, a directee or simply someone who wants to learn more about this ancient ministry, this comprehensive introduction to the art of both giving and receiving spiritual direction will be a helpful guide.

Author Bio

Gordon T. Smith (PhD, Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University) is the president of Ambrose University and Seminary in Calgary, Alberta, where he also serves as professor of systematic and spiritual theology. He is an ordained minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and a teaching fellow at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of many books, including , , , and .

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What a perfectly cut gem of a book this is: wise, clear, concise and practical, it instructs in the art of spiritual direction while at the same moment inspiring us to give and receive it. Gordon Smith distills his considerable knowledge of this vital topic and bestows on us something useful and beautiful, simple and substantial. This book brims with insights and has not a wasted word anywhere.
-Mark Buchanan

In this welcome addition to the growing literature on Christian spiritual direction, theologian Gordon Smith invites believers and the church to notice God at work through this long-treasured discipline. Writing with mind and heart engaged, Smith weaves together theology, biblical teaching, church history and wisdom from his experience of spiritual direction to craft a svelte and helpful book that will bless anyone considering becoming a director or directee, and, in fact, any person on the lookout for truly nourishing Christian spirituality.
-Susan S. Phillips

There has been a growing hunger among evangelicals for the sort of spiritual direction the Jesuits have been doing for centuries, but little guidance for those who would seek to give or receive such direction. Gordon Smith is just the right person at just the right time to offer a concise guide for the ministry of direction today. There is nothing faddish here. This short book is the fruit of practical wisdom gained over many years experience in spiritual direction, and it is marked by a deep appreciation for Scripture and the church's teaching and practice through the centuries.
-Bruce Hindmarsh,
Regent College, Vancouver

Editorial Reviews

"There has been a growing hunger among evangelicals for the sort of spiritual direction the Jesuits have been doing for centuries, but little guidance for those who would seek to give or receive such direction. Gordon Smith is just the right person at just the right time to offer a concise guide for the ministry of direction today. There is nothing faddish here. This short book is the fruit of practical wisdom gained over many years experience in spiritual direction, and it is marked by a deep appreciation for Scripture and the church's teaching and practice through the centuries."
"Offering this book to others could at least open up new conversations about spiritual direction and perhaps even help start new spiritual direction relationships."
"In this welcome addition to the growing literature on Christian spiritual direction, theologian Gordon Smith invites believers and the church to notice God at work through this long-treasured discipline. Writing with mind and heart engaged, Smith weaves together theology, biblical teaching, church history and wisdom from his experience of spiritual direction to craft a svelte and helpful book that will bless anyone considering becoming a director or directee, and, in fact, any person on the lookout for truly nourishing Christian spirituality."
"What a perfectly cut gem of a book this is: wise, clear, concise and practical, it instructs in the art of spiritual direction while at the same moment inspiring us to give and receive it. Gordon Smith distills his considerable knowledge of this vital topic and bestows on us something useful and beautiful, simple and substantial. This book brims with insights and has not a wasted word anywhere."

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    Gordon Smith's "Spiritual Direction: A Guide to Giving & Receiving Direction" is an invaluable and concise book on the practice of spiritual direction. In it, Smith succinctly demonstrates the importance of having a spiritual director, carefully distinguishing it from counseling and mentoring, and how spiritual direction actually and practically works. Near the book's end, Smith explains the qualities both the director and directee should have during their time together. Smith remarks that spiritual direction is useful to everyone, especially pastors who need a person to whom they can freely express themselves, but that meetings need not be every week; in many cases, six or so times a year may suffice, although he recommends new Christians be met with monthly. Smith reminds us that a spiritual director's main role is that of a listener, who is attentive to both the directee's exposition of their life and to how God is speaking to them. The director points to the instances of grace in the directee's life and asks questions of the directee, all the while careful to leave plenty of room for the Holy Spirit to work in the believer and not to impose their own proscriptions. The author also makes the very helpful point that so often in evangelism we assume that the person journeying towards faith is unaware of God in their life and that before they become aware of God's presence they must come to believe certain things; Smith says this is not necessarily the case at all, which is a helpful corrective to our thinking of evangelism.
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