Introduction to Spiritual Direction

IntroTo SpiritDir


An Introduction to Spiritual Direction is a clear, nuanced and practical handbook for spiritual directors and directees that examines what it means to be spiritually whole and the process that gets us there. It is based in part on the two-year training course that the author conducts at Spiritual Direction Institute, the teachings of the depth psychologist, Carl Jung, and the Christian traditionalists, among them, St. Francis de Sales, Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila, and John of the Cross. It is further conjoined with sections on the qualities of the good director and directee, with fascinating forays into the nature of temperament and psychological type. The core of the book is devoted to its larger question, the actual growth and acquisition of spiritual wisdom, where the stages, pitfalls, remedies, rewards, as well as the importance of spiritual direction, especially during times of crises, are examined in numerous comprehensive sections. Dovetailed with chapter notes and questions, index, and extensive bibliography, An Introduction to Spiritual Direction deserves recognition by directors, directees, counselors, students and practitioners of psychology, and religious educators. It is a great starting point for spiritual exploration.

Table of Contents

  • Preface 1
  • Ch. 1 History of Spiritual Direction 3
  • Ch. 2 What and Why of Spiritual Direction 7
  • Ch. 3 Actual Process of Spiritual Direction 23
  • Ch. 4 Qualities of a Good Spiritual Director 38
  • Ch. 5 Qualities to Encourage in a Directee 46
  • Ch. 6 Six Steps of Our Journey of Faith 53
  • Ch. 7 Three Obstacles to Grace and Their Remedies 67
  • Ch. 8 How to Discern God’s Will 78
  • Ch. 9 Signs of Spiritual Progress 87
  • Ch. 10 Direction for Different Levels of Faith 98
  • Ch. 11 Four Steps of Individuation 124
  • Ch. 12 Spiritual Direction in Times of Crisis 139
  • Ch. 13 Spiritual Direction for the Different Temperaments 154
  • Ch. 14 Spiritual Direction for Contemplative Souls 171
  • Ch. 15 A Balanced Christianity 183
  • Ch. 16 Pitfalls in Spiritual Direction 196
  • Ch. 17 How to Deal with Extraordinary Spiritual Phenomena 202
  • Ch. 18 Facing Death and the Cross 208
  • Ch. 19 Facing the Future with Hope 214


  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Pr (November 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809141744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809141746
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • List Price: $18.95

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