Art and Practice Book List 2021-22

Art & Practice 2021-22 Book List

The books are listed in the order in which we will use them. Specific chapters of some books, like Sacred is the Call, will be assigned through the year. Our online bookstore has them available for purchase here:

Downloadable PDF Revised A&P Book List 2021-22

Year 1

  1. Sacred is the Call: Formation and Transformation in Spiritual Direction Programs – Suzanne Buckley, editor 
  2. Conversation – The Sacred Art: Practicing Presence in an Age of Distraction – Diane Millis 
  3. Supervision of Spiritual Directors: Engaging in Holy Mystery -Mary Rose Bumpus and Rebecca Bradburn Langer, editors  
  4. Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction – Margaret Guenther
  5. Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation – Martin Laird
  6. Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction – Susan Phillips. 
  7. The Way of Discernment: Spiritual Practices for Decision Making – Elizabeth Liebert
  8. Suggested Titles for Special Topics in Spiritual Direction – November 2021 

    Each intern will choose one book of interest to read for November and present their reflections to their Mentor Group

  • Kaleidoscope: Broadening the Palette in the Art of Spiritual Direction – Ineda P Adesanya, editor
  • Crossing to Avalon: A Woman’s Midlife Quest for the Sacred Feminine – Jean Shinoda Bolen M.D.
  • A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Annie Dillard
  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants – Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old – Parker Palmer
  • Soul Care in African American Practice – Barbara L. Peacock
  • Howard Thurman Essential Writings – Howard Thurman
  • Spirituality a Very Short Introduction: Exploring the Historical Foundations of Spirituality in the Major World Religions – Philip Sheldrake 
  • Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others –  Barbara Brown Taylor
  • Or, other book of choice

Year 2 (Preliminary)

  1. Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions -Gerald G. May
  2. Spiritual Direction: Beyond the Beginnings – Janet K. Ruffing, RSM
  3. Trustworthy Connections: Interpersonal Issues in Spiritual Direction – Ann Winchell Silver
  4. Still Listening: New Horizons in Spiritual Direction – Norvene Vest, editor