Guiding Gideon: Awakening to Life and Faith by Christopher Basil Brown
Publisher: Eugene, OR.: Cascade, Wipf & Stock, 2015
About Guiding Gideon
The challenges of human growth and formation are every bit as spiritual as they are psychological, even more so if we acknowledge that the seeds of the Creator’s image are planted in the human soul. Faithfully nurtured as the foundation of our identity and vocation, these seeds will grow us into the likeness of our Creator. In this way, we become fully alive and fully human.
Guiding Gideon chronicles the encounters between Gideon, a young man in his thirties in the midst of crisis, and his spiritual guide, Julian. With Julian accompanying him to attend prayerfully to the life directly before him, Gideon transverses the troubled landscape of his interior life, where he encounters grace, his deepest wounds become ‘sacred,’ and he is invited into fuller participation in the Kingdom of God. Julian reflects prayerfully on each session, conscious that he is a privileged witness to the restorative movements of the Spirit within Gideon’s life and that the same Spirit is forming himself in the way of Jesus.
Guiding Gideon is for all who desire to become more attentive to their formation in the likeness of Christ. Guiding Gideon is also for spiritual guides who want their mentoring, counseling, pastoral care, or spiritual directing to reflect and embody the way of Jesus. Written as a narrative, Guiding Gideon offers prayerful reflection within the context of guiding a fictional pilgrim and also invites readers to witness the formation of a fictional guide.
Reflective of the contemplative vision of New Monasticism, Guiding Gideon models a prayer-action praxis inspired by Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.
Today we need very practical, but wise guidance for our journey of faith and love; and not more rarefied theology. Well, here you have just that—and from someone who is walking the journey himself—maybe a few steps ahead of you! Spiritual direction like this is surely one of the best ways that the Spirit will mature Christianity in our time.
Richard Rohr, O.F.M.
Center for Action and Contemplation
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Guiding Gideon is an extraordinarily evocative depiction of the magic of spiritual companioning. What a gift it truly is to companion others and be companioned by others on the journey! This book is sure to elevate one’s appreciation for this sacred privilege. The author is masterful in allowing the rich process of companioning to come alive page after page in the book. A vital resource for those of us engaged in such holy endeavor.
Wil Hernandez, Ph.D., Obl. O.S.B.
Founder and executive director of CenterQuest (www.CQCenterQuest.org) and author of a trilogy on the spirituality of Henri Nouwen.
The Centre for Men and Families has for the last decade utilized the works of Christopher Brown in its leadership formation. This book is yet another quality insightful work; practically guiding companions to not only walk more closely with God, but also with themselves and others.
Rob Jones, Founding Director of Centre for Men and Families Australia.
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