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An ECPA 2003 Gold Medallion FinalistWe 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 s. Short review I have been reading books on spiritual direction over the past several months trying to see what I am really looking for when I look for a spiritual director This book looks at four different types of spiritual direction Spiritual friendship Formal Spiritual direction Small group spiritual direction and spiritual direction in marriage In all three Benner suggests there are three goals 1 becoming a great lover 2 becoming whole and holy and 3 becoming our true self in Christ I spent nearly a month slowly reading through this not because it is difficult but because I am still unsure about what I am really looking for But this was a helpful book to get some perspective on spiritual directionMy full review is on my blog at Willy the Wizard individualism Our churches often see spirituality as personal and private But we cannot go long Off-side in our Christian pilgrimage before realizing that Enséñame más intimacy and s. Short review I have been reading books on spiritual direction over the past several months trying to see what I am really looking for when I look for a spiritual director This book looks at four different types of spiritual direction Spiritual friendship Formal Spiritual direction Small group spiritual direction and spiritual direction Wonder (The Books of Marvella, in marriage In all three Benner suggests there are three goals 1 becoming a great lover 2 becoming whole and holy and 3 becoming our true self Chicago Billionaires - Contemporary Romance Series Boxed Set in Christ I spent nearly a month slowly reading through this not because The Valhalla Prophecy (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase it The Tunnel is difficult but because I am still unsure about what I am really looking for But this was a helpful book to get some perspective on spiritual directionMy full review Secretos del Cosmos is on my blog at

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Sacred Companions

Piritual 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 me. I chose to read this book because I was intrigued by the idea of a spiritual friendship how it differs from mentorship and how I could be put it into practice Upon completion I definitely have a better understanding of what it entails Simply put the task of spiritual friends is to help us discern the presence will and leading of the Spirit of God The notion of a spiritual friendship is simple yet profound I like the idea that you have to be very vulnerable and intentional in this type of relationship At the end of the day your INTIMACY with your spiritual friend is what drives the relationship and I think that is important David Benner does a commendable job of laying out biblical principles of how this can play out I particularly liked the notion that we are to embrace our humanity in the process It speaks highly of the notion that we are not to become divine but humane in light of who God originally designed us to be I also appreciated the part that discussed how a spousal relationship can pursue a spiritual friendship and the benefits that it providesMy main criticism of the book is that it could have been concise Realistically it could have communicated the same message in about 23 of the length Additionally I think it would have been better to separate the subjects of Spiritual Friendship and Spiritual Direction into two books Sometimes I found the dividing line between the two relationships blurry at best Overall I recommend the book for anyone who wants to learn about Spiritual Friendship and how it can be pursued in their lifeFAVORITE PASSAGEA soul friendship is therefore a relationship to which I bring my whole self especially my inner self And the care that I offer for the other person in a soul friendship is a care for his or her whole self especially the inner self Soul friends seek to safeguard each other s uniueness and nurture the growth of each other s inner self They seek to meet each other as whole people and help each other become whole people They offer each other the sacred gift of accompaniment on the human journey

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Ntoring 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. i picked up this book mainly to go further in understanding the specific nature of spiritual direction Having read many books on SD i found this one to be among the most clarifying Benner begins by talking about intentional spiritual friendships in general and moves on to give a specific overview of spiritual direction along with clear examples As an added bonus he provides other formats and opportunities that include spiritual listening and encouragement in small groups as well as how spiritual accompaniment can work within marriage Benner s works always inspiring toward deepening and intentional spirituality


10 thoughts on “Sacred Companions

  1. says:

    Love this one Best uote maybe God designed marriage to make us holy than to make us happy

  2. says:

    Short review I have been reading books on spiritual direction over the past several months trying to see what I am really looking for when I look for a spiritual director This book looks at four different types of spiritu

  3. says:

    An exciting explanation for the paradigm of viewing relationships in life through a spiritually servant filled lens

  4. says:

    Some parts were helpful than others However he does a great job defining spiritual friendship and spiritual direction I found this book to be helpful as I think about how spiritual friendship and direction work together Also Benner provides a lengthy book recommendation list which is always helpful

  5. says:

    I chose to read this book because I was intrigued by the idea of a spiritual friendship how it differs from mentorship and how I could be put it into practice Upon completion I definitely have a better understanding of wh

  6. says:

    This book was simply amazing in the area of euipping Christians with the awareness and training of spiritual direction Easy reading level though I would not recommend it for a newer believer This book is suited for the mature Christian that is either looking for where they can find depth in their relationship with God or looking to

  7. says:

    i picked up this book mainly to go further in understanding the specific nature of spiritual direction Having read many book

  8. says:

    Handbook on spiritual friendship and spiritual directorsThis topic is new to me I had a cursory knowledge of the benefits of spiritual friendship but didn't realize the depth of possibilities of soul friendship I look forward to applying this new understanding in a relationship with a Christian friend It also addresses

  9. says:

    I enjoyed the book particularly chapters 1 3 Those are the primary chapters that Benner writes about friendships with inspiring challenge and comfort Chapters 4 7 are much about the specific role of a spiritual director Things can get muddy there Chapters 8 9 are practical as he shares about how the intimate friendships can work within a small group and marriage I look forward to discussing this with some guys soon

  10. says:

    Read the audio book but also have read a good deal of the printed book at an earlier time I like the book as it gives good examples of spiritual companions and their 'ilk' I find the contemplative path of spirituality much compelling than other paths and this gives helpful hints for improving it

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