In preparation for our new theme starting next week – What Does Your Soul Long To Do? I have updated our reading list on spiritual direction, an essential part of preparing our souls for the journey ahead. A big thank you to my Facebook friends who helped revise this list, adding new suggestions to the list that we first published in 2014.
Once again I am indebted to Terry Clees who provided me with the bibliography for her dissertation and to so many others who contributed. I asked for out of the box suggestions and appreciate the rich variety of these – from books and websites on the traditional spiritual direction to children’s books, liberation theologians and postmodern thinkers. As you can imagine this is not a comprehensive list but hopefully it gives all of us a place to start, no matter what our faith perspective.
I have not personally read all these books, but may go broke acquiring the new books it has added to my reading list. Where possible I have also included a review of the book especially if it is not one that I am familiar with. If you know have reviewed one of these books or have others to add to the list please leave a comment below. Enjoy – we are always working to improve these lists!
Addison, Howard A., and Barbara Eve. Breitman. Jewish Spiritual Direction: An Innovative Guide from Traditional and Contemporary Sources. And check out the publisher’s website: Jewish Lights Publishers
Barry, William Francis, and William J. Connolly. The Practice of Spiritual Direction.
Brenner David G. Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship and Direction .
Bowen, Sarah Spiritual Rebel
Brother Lawrence. The Practice of the Presence of God.
Demacopoulos, George E., Five Models of Spiritual Direction in the Early Church. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2007.
Foster, Richard J. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth.
Geunther, Margaret, Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction.
Hart Thomas N., The Art of Christian Listening.
Keating, Thomas. Foundations for Centering Prayer and the Christian Contemplative Life: Open Mind, Open Heart ; Invitation to Love ; The Mystery of Christ. This is an anthology of three of Keating’s most inspirational works.
Kurtz, Ernest and Katherine Ketcham, The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning or check out this review.
Leech, Kenneth. Soul Friend: Spiritual Direction in the Modern World.
Linn Dennis, Sheila Fabricant Linn, Matthew Linn. Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life.
May, Gerald G. The Dark Night of the Soul: A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection between Darkness and Spiritual Growth. And check out this review.
McLaren, Brian D. Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words. Check out this book review.
Merton, Thomas. The Seven Storey Mountain
Nouwen, Henri J. M., Michael J. Christensen, and Rebecca Laird. Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith.
Peterson, Eugene H. The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction. Check out this review
Phillips Susan S, Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction.
Rohr, Richard. Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011. Read this review.
Thompson, Marjorie J. Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2005. Check out my review.
Trina Paulus, Hope for the Flowers.
Valters Paintner, Christine. Awakening the Creative Spirit: Bringing the Arts to Spiritual Direction. Read this review.
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