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Show me your way : the complete guide to exploring interfaith spiritual direction
Addison, Howard A., 1950-
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Woodstock, Vt. : SkyLight Paths Pub., [2000]

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xvi, 208 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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BL624 .A33 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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An ancient spiritual practice rediscovered--and re-imaginated--for today.

This fascinating introduction to an ancient spiritual practice is for all of us who are searching for fresh spiritual insight. People of all faiths--and even those with no particular religious involvement--are discovering spiritual direction.

Traditionally identified with Christianity, but also resembling the relationship between teacher and student in Buddhism, sheikh and disciple in Islam, and rebbe and Hasid in Judaism, spiritual direction is a distinct kind of relationship for enhancing spiritual growth. And its renewed popularity has led to a now uniquely accessible modern phenomenon: interfaith spiritual direction.

Howard Addison presents personal accounts from the lives of people representing a broad spectrum of religious and spiritual traditions to show how we can find guidance and inspiration from people of other faiths-- without ever leaving our own . This one-of-a-kind guide explores:

Where to find spiritual guidance within your own faith community or beyond it. How spiritual direction can help you, even if you come from no formal religious background. Why and when it may be appropriate to seek a spiritual guide from a faith other than your own. What interfaith spiritual direction means for the future of religion and spirituality in our world.

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Booklist Review

One-on-one spiritual direction is a tradition of many faiths, but direction of an adherent of one faith by a practitioner of another is new enough to make this advisor by a conservative rabbi whose spiritual director is a Catholic nun a novelty. Drawing upon his and others' experiences for exemplification, Addison explains spiritual direction, demonstrates the effectiveness of interfaith spiritual direction, and advises on how to find a spiritual director. He also ponders contemporary trends that would account for increased interest in seeking guidance from rather than conversion to another faith. He emphasizes through well-timed repetition that spiritual direction must be discriminated from religious education for prospective conversion, therapy to deal with personal problems, and pastoral counseling to apply one's faith to particular life circumstances. The aims of spiritual direction are to deepen one's relationship with God and to discern God's will. It is hard to imagine more intelligent and congenial counsel for clarifying whether spiritual direction is what one seeks than what Addison provides. --Ray Olson

Publisher's Weekly Review

According to Addison (rabbi and author of The Enneagram and Kabbalah: Reading Your Soul), spiritual direction is a mentoring relationship in which the director draws on personal experience, insight into the spiritual seeker's personality and knowledge of the seeker's religious tradition to guide the seeker in reflection and perception of God's leading. The model was developed in the context of Christian monasticism but has recently spread into Protestantism and beyond. Addison writes from his own experience; he once wanted a spiritual director but could not find one in his own Jewish tradition, so he began meeting with a Catholic nun. Through his own positive discussions with her, he came to believe people could benefit from having a spiritual director from another faith without sacrificing the integrity of their own beliefs. Spiritual direction, Addison cautions, is not instruction in a religion with the goal of conversion but a means of deepening one's spiritual journey. Addison is aware of the pitfalls if a director is moved to proselytize or if a seeker is more in need of counseling than direction. After thoroughly explaining the concept of spiritual direction and highlighting its benefits and drawbacks, Addison discusses where to find it, sensitively addressing compatibility issues and different styles of spirituality. This is a well-informed, thoughtful treatment of a potentially beneficial interfaith practice. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In this new collection from Wronsky (Again the Gemini Are in the Orchard), brightly lighted portraits of women's lives, past and present, make up a series of defining moments for those who "have to/try to learn to be, again." In the 39-page "The Earth as Desdemona," ordinary Chicano women, taking the form of animals and flowers, living in "urban dirt" of Southern California, reiterate the story of Desdemona's tragic sacrifice. "Now living in Skandia, Michigan," Desdemona becomes earth goddess, and Delores Faulkner, shot in the arm in a hospital, fuses with guardian "mother-angels." These fine-tuned poems, seeing the "world as hieroglyph" with cubist-like imagery (broken or jagged glass), compromise a collage of women, coping with loss of "promise" and "talent," while Whitman's poetry serves as a counter motif that illustrates the need to side of confining traditions. The final poem, "Sor Juana's Last Dream," pays tribute to Sor Juana, the 17th-century "Spanish Isis" ("I'm so tired/of the silence imposed by my confessor," she says), who keeps up a private journal that contrasts pagan deities with the severity of Christianity. Difficult and rewarding, like H.D.'s work, these smart, classy poems illuminate the painful journey women make to multiple roles and fully realized, and complex identities. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.