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New book on spiritual direction and the quest for God

August 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Reader Feedback


Dear Friends – Dan here…

Some of you know that I have been working on a book on spiritual direction for several years. In fact, through your poll responses, combox interaction, and other feedback, you have assisted me a great deal. For that, I am grateful to you. The good news is that the book is about finished. I am in conversation with a few publishers but the fact that the book is a reflection of traditional Catholic spirituality, and is aimed at a small audience (those who take their spiritual lives very seriously), I need to convince them of the demand out there. So, what I would like to do is to guage your interest so that I can foward it along to them. What I would like you to do is, if based on the outline below and the quality of insight on this blog you would purchase the book, respond to this post with your commitment and/or feedback (make a comment at the end of the post). I will compile your commitments and send them along. Because not every reader of the blog reads every post, I will probably send this note out a few times (just ignore it if you already responded).

Here's an outline of the book as it stands:

Spiritual Direction – Finding God Through His Friends

  • What Is Spiritual Direction?
  •  Do I Really Need Spiritual Direction?
  •  How Do I Know if I Am Ready for Spiritual Direction?
  •  How Do I Know if I Am Not Ready for Spiritual Direction?
  • How Do I Find and Select A Spiritual Director?
  • Preparing for the Search
  • Learning to Discern
  • Finding a Needle in a Haystack
  • Finding the Real Thing
  • Questions for Your Would-Be Spiritual Director
  • A Potential Short-Cut
  • I Found A Potential Director, Now What?
  • How Do I Set Up and Prepare for My First Meeting?
  • Common Challenges
  • Basic Orientation
  • Your First Meeting Step by Step
  • Facing the Challenge
  • Spiritual Director Responsibilities
  • My Responsibilities
  • Docility and Obedience
  • Oppenness
  • Preparation for Meetings
  • Maintaining Continuity
  • Financial Matters
  • I Can't Find One, Now What?

Spiritual Progress Inside and Outside of Spiritual Direction

  • Spiritual Self-Evaluation
      • My Spiritual Heritage
      • My Sacramental Participation
      • My Prayer Life
      • My Spiritual/Intellectual Development
      • My Predominant Fault
      • Beyond Sin to Virtue and Holiness
      • My Relationship With Christ


  • Navigation on the Narrow Path
  • The Three Ways of the Spiritual Life
  • The Doorway Into the Interior Life
  • Pre-Spiritual Infancy
  • Spiritual Infancy (The Purgative Way)
  • Spiritual Adolescence (Illuminative Way)
  • Spiritual Maturity (Unitive Way)
  • “You are Here”
  • Prayer and Spiritual Growth
  • Must-Read Books on Prayer and the Spiritual Life
  • Glossary of Terms on the Spiritual Life
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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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