To Tell the Sacred Tale : Spiritual Direction and Narrative

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-07-30
  • Publisher: Paulist Pr
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This book shows the singular importance of narrative in the process of spiritual direction and reflects on this interactive process of sharing our sacred stories in pastoral contexts in order to hear and respond more deeply to the story God is telling in our lives.

Author Biography

Janet K. Ruffing, RSM, is professor in the practice of spirituality and ministerial leadership at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut, and has trained and supervised spiritual directors for twenty-five years. The author of more than a dozen articles on spiritual direction and supervision, she has presented workshops for spiritual directors throughout the world, from the United States and Canada to Thailand, the Philippines, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand. Dr. Ruffing is one of the founders of Spiritual Directors International and was the recipient of Washington Theological Union's Holy Wisdom Award in 2003.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: The Story Beginsp. 1
Two Stories of Spiritual Directionp. 23
It Takes Two to Discover What Sort of Tale We've Fallen Intop. 44
The Narrative Impulse in Human Experiencep. 68
It Matters How We Tell the Storyp. 93
We Tell a Story to Get a Storyp. 131
Conclusion: Unpredictable Interventions, Annunciations, and Invitationsp. 153
Notesp. 169
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