Soul Mentoring: Discover the Ancient Art of Caring for Others

Soul Mentoring: Discover the Ancient Art of Caring for Others

by David Robinson

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Soul Mentoring draws upon the wisdom of Gregory the Great from his Pastoral Care, one of the most widely read books on mentoring from the ancient world. Those who walk in Gregory's steps will discover practical guidance for the journey into mentoring, including the formation of a mentor's soul, and wisdom in learning to care for others. Gregory describes mentoring as the art of arts, the highest creative endeavour we share together. Gregory has ancient wisdom applicable to mentoring in our time, both for mentors and mentees, friends and family, coaches and teachers, clergy and spiritual directors, among other people looking for guidance in the ancient art of caring for souls.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780227905449
Publisher: The Lutterworth Press
Publication date: 01/25/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 178
File size: 929 KB

About the Author

David Robinson (MDiv, DMin) lives in Cannon Beach, Oregon, with his wife, Trina, serving as pastor at Community Church since 1993. His previous books include Ancient Paths: Discover Christian Formation the Benedictine Way (2010), The Busy Family's Guide to Spirituality (2009), and The Christian Family Toolbox (2001). He enjoys playing jazz piano, hiking in national parks, and spending time with his family. Robinson is a Benedictine Oblate with Mount Angel Abbey, Oregon.
David Robinson is author numerous books on Benedictine spirituality including Ancient Paths: Discover Christian Formation the Benedictine Way (2010); The Busy Family's Guide to Spirituality: Practical Lessons for Modern Living from the Monastic Tradition (2009); The Family Cloister: Benedictine Wisdom for the Home, winner of Catholic Press Association for "Best Family Life" book in 2001; and The Christian Family Toolbox: 52 Benedictine Activities for the Home (2001). Since 1993, David has served as pastor of Cannon Beach Community Church, Cannon Beach, OR. He is married with three grown sons. David is a Benedictine Oblate with Mount Angel Abbey.

Table of Contents

Preface: Caring for Feet ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: When Setting Out on a Long Journey xiii

Part 1 The Journey into Mentoring-Learning the Art of Arts 1

1 The Art of Arts 3

2 Good Drinking Water 5

3 The School of Adversity 7

4 On the Edge 10

5 This Little Light of Mine 11

6 Good Earth 13

7 Heart Motives 15

8 Mary Poppins 17

9 Storms at Sea 18

10 Water for Thirsty Hearts 21

Mentoring Inventory: Part One 22

Part 2 The Character of a Mentor - Drinking from Mountain Streams 25

11 Integrity 27

12 Walking the Talk 29

13 Wisdom in Silence and Speech 30

14 Compassion and Contemplation 32

15 Mothering and Fathering 35

16 Inside-Out and Outside-In 37

17 Motivated by Love and Truth 40

18 Discernment 42

19 Checkup 43

20 Drinking from Mountain Streams 45

Mentoring Inventory: Part Two 47

Part 3 The Practice of Mentoring - Becoming a Skilled Musician 51

21 Men and Women 54

22 Young and Old 55

23 Poor and Rich 55

24 Joyful and Sad 57

25 Leaders and Followers 58

26 Employees and Employers 60

27 The Educated and the Uneducated 61

28 The Bold and the Shy 63

29 The Assertive and the Timid 64

30 The Impatient and the Patient 65

31 The Generous and the Envious 67

32 The Sincere and the Insincere 69

33 The Healthy and the Sick 70

34 The Sensitive and the Hardened 72

35 The Silent and the Talkers 74

36 The Lazy and the Hasty 76

37 The Meek and the Angry 77

38 The Humble and the Arrogant 79

39 The Stubborn and the Indecisive 81

40 The Excessive and the Abstinent 83

Mentoring Inventory: First Half of Part Three 85

41 Givers and Takers 86

42 The Thrifty and the Wasteful 88

43 The Quarrelers and the Peaceable 91

44 Sowers of Discord and Sowers of Peace 93

45 The Ignorant and the Proud 94

46 The Hesitant and the Hasty 96

47 The First and the Last 99

48 The Married and the Single 101

49 Sinners and Saints 103

50 Active and Contemplative 105

51 Addiction and Codependence 108

52 The Boastful and the Hypocrites 111

53 The Impulsive and the Willful 113

54 Molehills and Mountains 116

55 Starting and Finishing 118

56 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 120

57 Man on Wire 123

58 Hopelessly Optimistic 126

59 Milk and Meat 128

60 Footprints and Pathways 129

Mentoring Inventory: Second Half of Part Three 131

Conclusion: Care of the Soul of a Mentor-Portrait of a Master Artist 135


A The Life and Legacy of Gregory the Great 141

B Study Guide for Individual or Group Study 148

Bibliography 159

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