Partners in Covenant

The Art of Spiritual Companionship

By Barbara A. Sheehan, SP

Partners in Covenant

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  • ISBN: 9781608992324
  • Pages: 184
  • Publication Date: 2/1/2010
  • Retail Price: $23.00
Web Price: $18.40
Web Price: $18.40

Partners in Covenant

The Art of Spiritual Companionship

By Barbara A. Sheehan, SP

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781608992324
  • Pages: 184
  • Publication Date: 2/1/2010
  • Retail Price: $23.00
Web Price: $18.40

About-

Partners in Covenant is a guide for the personal formation and spiritual growth of those who seek to become more effective spiritual companions. Filled with concrete experiential examples and reflection tools, Barbara Sheehan's resource provides a practical way for individuals or groups to enter into a peer program. Her sensitivity to a wide variety of cultures and spiritual expressions enhances the book's ability to revitalize the spiritual caring ministry of Christian communities.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"In a world so filled with anxiety, stress, and confusion, spiritual companionship is not a nicety--it is a necessity! Partners in Covenant takes seriously the call to help each other to listen to God's promptings. I wish everyone in ministry would read this book as preparation for, or review of, what it means to be a spiritual guide for others. This book does something incredible: it reverences the delicate process of spiritual companionship while at the same time calling us to courageously take our natural spiritual role in carefully encouraging others in their search for God."
--Robert J. Wicks, author of Touching the Holy and Living a Gentle, Passionate Life

"Sheehan argues that spiritual companioning is an art. Those who practice it are not professionals. Those who receive it are neither patients nor clients. Companionship is a charism to be developed by prayer, practice, and supervision. It is a covenantal, not a contractual, relationship requiring an informed commitment and integrity of conscience. Even at points of contention the reader will engage the charism of Sister Sheehan's companioning."
--John Weborg, North Park Theological Seminary

"While spiritual companionship is an aspect of every Christian's life-in-community, this volume is the guidebook for those who hear spiritual companionship as a calling, a discipline; it insightfully explores the complexity and hazards of spiritual 'companioning' and describes the intertwining of psychological and spiritual well-being. It offers no 'one-size-fits-all' depiction of spiritual struggle and development; rather, the author examines the impact of race, gender, and culture on the difficult struggle toward spiritual healing and growth."
--Rev. Jim Gibbons, Vice President, Pastoral Care and Education, Advocate HealthCare, Oak Brook, Illinois

Contributors-

Barbara A. Sheehan, SP

Bio(s)-

Barbara A. Sheehan, SP, is the director of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools urban clinical pastoral education program, a spiritual director, and the founder of the Ministry of Christian Listening, a spiritual companion program.

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