Editor’s Note: For the next two weeks, we’ve invited some of our favorite theobloggers to share the book that has most deeply affected their faith life in the past ten years, as well as the book they believe every Christian should read, but may not have yet. First up, Alliance of Baptist pastor and spiritual director, Carl Gregg.
In the fall of 2005, I read Margaret Guenther’s book Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction as part of my discernment of whether to apply to the low-residency Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction program at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Guether’s book was an important stepping stone in my transition from debating the merits of other people’s second-hand ideas about God to facilitating first-hand experiences with God for myself and for others. I recommend supplementing Guenther’s work with Susan S. Phillips’ more recent book Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction.
Read Carl’s top ten list of books that have most shaped his theology here.