Have you ever wondered what Spiritual Direction is all about and whether it could be for you?
Peter Ball, who used to be a Vicar in London, has recently written this very good (and fairly short) book which explains very clearly what Spiritual Direction is and what it is not.
It covers different types of Spiritual Direction (of which there are many), how to chose a Spiritual Director, what to expect from the relationship and how the relationship can develop. The book is aimed at people with no knowledge of the subject who are wondering what Spiritual Direction is all about and want to find out more. It is written in a clear and simple style and I found it very helpful when I was considering getting a Spiritual Director earlier this year.
By the way, Spiritual Directors are not just for people who are ordained or going to be ordained — anyone can have one! As an independent person they can help you grow spiritually by talking things over with you and coming at issues from outside your situation.
Mary Spredbury, December 2003
Mary Spredbury is a former member of St Matthew's Church, Yiewsley, now serving as Curate at St Mary's, Acton. Mary trained for ordination with STETS, the Southern Theological Education Training Scheme.Order from www.christianbookshops.org
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