Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship and Direction

Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship and Direction

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By (author) David G Benner

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  • Publisher: IVP Books
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 25mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2009
  • ISBN 10: 083083270X
  • ISBN 13: 9780830832705
  • Sales rank: 57,562

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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.

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"A wise and winsome guide for all who are serious about seeking and cultivating spiritual direction and its friendships on life's journey. Who better to trust than a writer whose wife is his closest companion!"--James M. Houston, emeritus professor of spiritual theology, Regent College