Spiritual Mentoring: A Guide for Seeking Giving Direction

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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.

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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.

Foreword by James M. Houston
Preface
1. An Imitative Faith
2. Reading Between the Lines: What Is Spiritual Mentoring?
3. The Art of Beginning Well: Attraction
4. Developing Trust Intimacy: Relationship
5. The Spirit of Teachability: Responsiveness
6. Exercises of Grace: Accountability
7. The Goal of Spiritual Mentoring: Empowerment

Appendix 1: Clinton's Mentoring Types

Appendix 2: Contemporary Definitions of Spiritual Mentoring

Appendix 3: Historical Time Line of the Christian Classics

Appendix 4: Developing a Personal Time Line

Appendix 5: Recommended Bibliography for Spiritual Mentoring

Notes

The core conviction of this book is clear: that Christian spiritual formation, unlike other religious forms, is a personal reality grounded in the triune God of grace. It can be delegated only to disciples of Jesus who walk alongside other, perhaps less mature, followers of Christ… If you bemoan the absence of a spiritual mentor in your life, then be one! This book will help you be what you long to have.
— James M. Houston