I never thought of myself as a writer until I wrote my first book at age 40. I had edited a number of books, finding great satisfaction in helping others get their voices heard on topics that seemed to me to be important, but had never thought that I had enough to say that it warranted adding another book to the millions already published. What changed was not my appraisal of my potential offering but my recognition that communication is not the only reason to write a book.
In my late thirties I found myself in a spiritual crisis. My faith seemed irrelevant to my deepest longings. I took a sabbatical to follow my longings. I sought out a spiritual director to help me attend to and make sense of these longings, and started writing as a way to ask questions and reflect on potential answers. What I wrote became my first authored book. It was called Psychotherapy and the Spiritual Quest and I published it, not as a fount of wisdom or clever ideas but as a way to help other psychologists reflect on the sort of questions I had been considering. That book was the product of my reflection. And everything I have written since then has been the result of the same process – written not primarily for communication but discovery.
If you have been reading my books for a while, I think you will already have realized this. But whichever of my books you read, I hope that you will find it helpful in reflecting deeply on the issues it addresses. That is my goal – not simply to communicate gems of wisdom but to help you reflect on important issues and find your own inner wisdom. I write as part of my own soulful reflection on important issues and I trust that this will help you do the same. I write to facilitate transformation, not simply to disseminate information.
Healing Emotional Wounds
Human Being and Becoming
Presence and Encounter
Spirituality and the Awakening Self
Opening to God
Surrender to Love
The Gift of Being Yourself
Desiring God’s Will
Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls
Strategic Pastoral Counseling, 2nd Ed.
Care of Souls