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The Art of Spiritual Direction

The Art of Spiritual Direction

Giving and Receiving Spiritual Guidance  

by W. Paul Jones
Clergy & Laity Spiritual Practice

We all need companions and guides on our spiritual journey. W. Paul Jones believes that spiritual direction is essential for every Christian. "Along each person's pilgrimage are those who can make one's journey accountable and whose hospitality makes it possible," Jones says.

In The Art of Spiritual Direction, you'll discover the answers to these questions and more:

  • What is spiritual direction?
  • What is the difference between spiritual direction and counseling?
  • How can you know if you are called to the ministry of spiritual direction?
  • What should happen in direction sessions?

The appendixes feature helpful tools like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a Theological Worlds Inventory, the Enneagram, and other resources. Whether you are a pastor, church leader, or a layperson, you will benefit from the wealth of information contained in this book.

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-8358-0983-2
Publisher: The Upper Room
Imprint: Upper Room Books
Publication Date: 08/01/2002
Pages: 309
Dimensions: 9.0000 x 6.0000 x 0.6490

W. Paul Jones was raised as a United Methodist and ordained in 1954. He became a Trappist Family Brother in 1989 and was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1992. Jones is emeritus professor of theology at St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City and has published many articles and 14 books. His social justice work centers on eliminating the death penalty. Jones is resident director of the Hermitage Spiritual Retreat Center on Lake Pomme de Terre in the Ozark hills of southern Missouri.


"The Art of Spiritual Direction by W. Paul Jones is the most comprehensive book available on Christian spiritual direction and integrates the Catholic and Protestant roots of the art. Drawing on years of experience as both directee and director, Jones gives the reader a full understanding of the various types of spiritual direction as well as guidelines, methods, and resources for sessions."

--Jane E. Vennard
Senior Adjunct Faculty, Iliff School of Theology, and Author

"Warning: Don't read The Art of Spiritual Direction unless you are ready to do something about it. This book issues a challenge not only to those involved in the art but especially to those who are not. Thanks to Paul Jones, spiritual guides will have a rich resource."

--E. Glenn Hinson
Professor of Spirituality and John Loftis Professor of Church History (Retired)
Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond

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