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Spiritual Mentoring: A Guide for Seeking and Giving Direction [Paperback]

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Pages   191
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.1" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 20, 1999
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830822100  
EAN  9780830822102  

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As we seek God together we come to know him more deeply. Spiritual-mentoring relationships bring together a mature Christian and a younger Christian who desire to grow in Christ. In their friendship, each learns to follow Christ more closely. Spiritual mentoring is an age-old practice that Keith Anderson and Randy Reese introduce in a way that fits life today. Each chapter of their book draws on the work of a different classical spiritual writer. Augustine, St. John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila and others offer timeless spritual insights from centuries past.

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Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens . . . another. (Proverbs 27:17) As we seek God together we come to know him more deeply. That's the idea behind Spiritual Mentoring. Spiritual mentoring is an ages-old practice that Keith Anderson and Randy Reese introduce in a way that fits life as we know it today. Spiritual mentoring is not only for pastors or saints. Mentors are ordinary Christians who are willing to enter into a faith relationship with another person who wants to grow. Likewise, those who are mentored are not seminary candidates but simply followers of Jesus who long for guidance in their spiritual journey. In this book Anderson and Reese show you how to mentor and be mentored as they introduce, chapter by chapter, the work of a different classical spiritual writer, including Augustine Aelred of Rievaulx John of the Cross Julian of Norwich Ignatius of Loyola Teresa of Avila Madame Jeanne Guyon These writers offer timeless insights from centuries past, while Anderson and Reese help you put their teaching into practice today to grow closer to Jesus in the company of another believer. If you want to learn how to help younger Christians grow while stretching your own faith, or if you want to tap into the experience of a Christian friend who is farther along the road of faith, this is the book that will get you started.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Keith R. Anderson is the president of The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in Seattle. He is the author of Spiritual Mentoring: A Guide for Those Giving and Receiving Direction, Friendships That Run Deep, Does God Believe In You? Developing Spiritual Self-Confidence, Is This The One? and What They Don't Always Teach You at a Christian College.

Keith R. Anderson currently resides in St. Paul, in the state of Minnesota.

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Historic Mentoring  Jul 16, 2006
"Spiritual Mentoring" by Reese and Anderson develops a historic model of spiritual direction through highlighting specific aspects of great spiritual directors. Their premise is that we learn the spiritual life as we join with an elder who walks with us as we walk together with the Holy Spirit. Their book follows their own model by sharing about historical spiritual elders: Augustine, Aelred, St. John of the Cross, Julian of Norwich, Ignatius Loyola, Teresa, and Madame Guyon. Their cross-cultural approach is to be commended.

Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Soul Physicians," "Spiritual Friends," "Martin Luther's Pastoral Counseling," and "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction."
Love It Or Hate It  Apr 30, 2006
You will love this book or hate it.

Faith, it begins, is an "imitative faith", in the sense of learning "the traditions of the faith". This immediately begs a definition of faith. How should faith (Gk. pistis), which has as its object the living God, be imitative of the behaviour of others? While the Scriptures do encourage us to imitate faith (Hebrews 13:7), does this refer to a passing on of traditions, or to a radical, transcendent relation?

The book presents seven saints of the Church as "models" who might be imitated in this way. I shall focus on Ignatius of Loyola.

Ignatius proposes that the soul should "rid itself of all inordinate attachments". In contrast, the Protestant view has generally been one of incarnation, as expressed by Dietrich Bonhoeffer: "It is only by living completely in this world that one learns to believe" (Bonhoeffer 1956:125).

A major feature of the Ignatian way is its emphasis on "the purification of the soul from sin". To some this would seem a fine ideal. To others it would seem a superficial view of sin -- one that does not take into account the second repentance that has been termed "repentance from good works", or "the dealing of God with individuals on the lowest level of sin."

The book contains no shortage of theological Shibboleths. Yet if you hold a so-called "Latin" theology, it could appeal.

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich
1953 Letters & Papers From Prison. London: S.C.M. Press.
The Dynamics of Spiritual Mentoring  Jul 18, 2001
The core conviction of the authors is that "spiritual formation is nurtured most profoundly when disciples are 'apprenticed' to a spiritual mentor who will partner with God's Holy Spirit toward spiritual development" (pg. 27). But they also make the following important point: "While some may be especially gifted for mentoring, spiritual mentoring is the work of the community of faith just as friendship belongs to all people" (pg. 56). Unlike traditional Western forms of instruction, spiritual mentoring is more intimate and requires the deeper practice of sharing one's way of life. It is relational and autobiographical. Two foundational pillars of the mentor-mentoree relationship are attraction and imitation. But in establishing and cultivating such a relationship, listening, discernment, and purpose are important. The authors expound on these aspects and reinforce them for both the mentor and mentoree through questions for reflection within each chapter.

The first two chapters discuss the importance of spiritual mentoring and broadly define what it is. J. Robert Clinton's mentoring types are laid out and given more detail in Appendix One and his five dynamics of spiritual mentoring form the basis of the next five chapters of the book. Clinton is the author of "Leadership Emergence Theory" (1989) and "The Mentor Handbook: Detailed Guidelines and Helps for Christian Mentors and Mentorees" (1991). Appendix Four, Developing a Personal Time Line, is adapted from his earlier book. The five dynamics of spiritual mentoring are: Attraction, Relationship, Responsiveness, Accountability, and Empowerment.

Seven classic Christian authors are used in conjunction with contemporary ones to "provide a historically informed vision for the contemporary work of spiritual mentoring." Appendix Three provides the historical time line for the classic authors. Augustine (354 - 430) is introduced in Chapter 3 and challenges the mentor to "attract them by your way of life." In Chapter 4, Aelred of Rievaulx (1110 - 1167) provides insights into developing trust and intimacy in the mentoring relationship through "Spiritual Friendship". Spanish mystics Teresa of Avila (1515 - 1582) and John of the Cross (1542 - 1591) help us to cultivate a responsive humility in Chapter 5. Teresa's book "Interior Castle" helps the mentor to guide the apprentice through the various stages of prayer which produce greater responsiveness to the Holy Spirit. John's insights into the purifying "dark night of the soul" as it relates to self-denial are also discussed. The authors note that "spiritual responsiveness requires the step of purgation or purification" (pg. 105) and "when we focus on God we recognize our serious need for a purified heart" (pg. 107). In Chapter 6, we learn the importance of accountability through Ignatius of Loyola's (1491 - 1556) "Spiritual Exercises" and Chapter 7 leads us to the goal of spiritual mentoring: empowerment. We are introduced to Julian of Norwich (1342 - 1416) and Jeanne Guyon (1648 - 1717) and learn from them that there is joyous empowerment through intimacy with God, identity as the beloved of God, and the discovery of our unique voice for kingdom service. The five appendices are useful. Appendix Two gives us contemporary definitions of spiritual mentoring from Thomas Merton, Richard Foster, Eugene Peterson, and others. Appendix Five provides a nice recommended bibliography for spiritual mentoring.

Throughout this book I was reminded that the mentor, by his or her example, encourages the apprentice to follow, imitate, and learn from Master Jesus through both the Scriptures and the mentorship of the Holy Spirit. The mentor provides a visible point of reference in assisting the apprentice in cultivating his or her faith relationship with the invisible God who is always near.

Helpful Direction for those Seeking Direction  Apr 23, 2000
Anderson and Reese have provided helpful direction for those seeking direction in the area of spiritual mentoring. This book is extremely useful for any person interested in mentoring or any church that has a mentoring program. The book's strength is that it draws from much of church history-fresh ideas from the past are reshaped for the reader to enjoy today. The exposure to Augustine, John of the Cross, Julian of Norwich, and others are a great spring board to further delve into the hidden treasures of church tradition. Anderson and Reese's presentation of contemporary models of mentoring in the appendix are also extremely helpful for further study. This book is memorable because the authors approach spiritual direction with rich metaphors mixed with personal experiences. The three questions of who is God, who am I, and what am I doing with my life shape the Anderson-Reese model of spiritual mentoring. This book will greatly contribute to my ministry as a mentor and mentee because it taught me to listen more to God, to those under my spiritual care, and to those who are directing me.

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