Using the Bible in Spiritual Direction

Liz Hoare, Foreword by Daniel Prechtel

Jan/2016, 176 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780819232571



• An ancient tradition, spiritual direction is more popular than ever

• The Bible is the heart of spiritual direction

• Experienced spiritual director shares methods and history of the Bible in direction

Spiritual direction is increasingly popular among Christians of all traditions, with demand for directors outstripping supply in many places. And although the Bible is central to the practice of spiritual direction, very little has been published on how best to use it in this form of ministry.

Experienced spiritual director Liz Hoare explores the central role the Bible has played in Christian experience, in order to discourage poor, shallow or rigid use of the Bible, which can lead to damage and inhibit spiritual growth.

According to Hoare, the goal of spiritual direction is not a personal improvement plan but a people who are being shaped into the likeness of Christ, for the flourishing of the church as a whole. Using different methods of praying with the Bible and drawing on historical traditions of Christian spirituality, as well as current literature and practice,
this book offers a rich, stimulating, and thoroughly biblical resource for all those who give and receive spiritual direction.

Read the first chapter here.

Liz Hoare is Tutor for Spiritual Formation at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and has been giving and receiving spiritual direction for over twenty-five years. She is the author of Spirituality and Remembering (Grove Books 1996), What is Celtic Christianity? (Grove Books 2008), Nurturing the Spirit of a Child (Grove Books 2009), and the chapter on Anglican Spirituality in The Blackwell Companion to Anglicanism (Wiley-Blackwell 2013). She was one of the first women to be ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1994.

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