Books and Other Resources
The Soul’s Slow Ripening Lyric Meditation
This lyric book accompanies The Soul’s Slow Ripening CD & DVD with 12 wonderful songs inspired by Irish monks and the journey of Celtic pilgrimage. This album was created in conjunction with Christine Valters Paintner’s book The Soul’s Slow Ripening: Twelve Celtic Practices for Seekers of the Sacred (Ave Maria Press). Musicians include Sherri Hansen, Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, Deirdre Ni Chinneide, Simon De Voil, Sara Thomsen, Margaret McClarty, and Margo Hennebach.
Awakening the Creative Spirit: Bringing the Arts to Spiritual Direction
by Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, and Betsey Beckman, MM
Published by Morehouse Press as a Spiritual Directors International Imprint series.
The resource is designed to help spiritual directors and others use expressive arts in the context of spiritual direction. It is the latest book in the unique SDI series, designed for professional spiritual directors, but also useful for clergy, therapists, and Christian formation specialists.
“Beautifully and evocatively explores the relationship between spiritual direction and the arts.” – Mary Rose Bumpus, School of Theology and Ministry
“We have been far too left-brain, verbal, and linear in our attempts to transform and mature actual people–intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. Here we have two women filling the tragic gap–and beautifully so! Spiritual direction is the growing edge of ministry today and this excellent book will surely direct that growth.” – Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico
A Retreat with Our Lady, Dominic & Ignatius: Praying with Our Bodies
by Betsey Beckman, Nina O’Connor & J. Michael Sparough, S.J.
Your directors for this retreat, Praying With Our Bodies, are Our Lady, Dominic and Ignatius. Our Lady—Mary of Nazareth, widowed woman, survivor, sojourner, seeker of sanctuary, marginalized woman, woman pregnant with hope—teaches us how to let the Spirit pray through us in word, in silence, in stillness and in movement. Our other two mentors, Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers, and Ignatius, founder of the Society of Jesus, are well known for their steadfast devotion to Our Lady. They, too, have much to teach us about how to let the Holy Spirit pray in us through the “temples” of our bodies. Dominic taught his followers nine ways of corporal prayer, and he leads us in these practices. Ignatius teaches us to honor and welcome the imagination in our contemplations. Includes numerous movement-prayer exercises for use in private or communal prayer.