Con-Versing with God: Poetry for Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction

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Blooming Twig Books, Nov 1, 2006 - Pastoral counseling - 146 pages
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"Pretend you are a pilgrim about to board a spiritual ship. What will you bring with you? What will you leave behind? How long will your journey be? "God will have compassion according to the abundance of steadfast love; for God does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone." Lamentations 3:32. "I find that people who are walking a spiritual path relate well to poetry and metaphor. A particular poem can be used as a starter for individual or group discussions. It can also be used to gently jump start an individual to write his/her own poetry, which can be very self-revelatory." From the Introduction to Con-Versing With God. Con-Versing with God is the latest book in the "In-Versing Your Life" poetry workbook series, helpful for both therapists and self-help. This book deals with essentially every issue that arises in spiritual therapy, and gives the therapist/patient countless tools for dealing with life issues, faith issues, relationships, death, depression and more...
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Silent Stone
14
Forgiveness
27
Catbird 1609C
30
Vulnerability
43
Newcomer
56
From a Ragweed
66
Communication
79
Lil
85
Hope
98
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About the author (2006)

Cynthia Blomquist Gustavson was born in rural Minnesota to a jazz musician and a waitress in 1947. She is the author of five poetry collections, several poetry workbooks for therapists, and has published in numerous journals. She was educated at Gustavus Adolphus College, Boston University, Louisiana State University, United Seminary of the Twin Cities, and Oklahoma State University, and has taught at Northeastern State University in Tallequah, Oklahoma, and Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana, and has been an invited lecturer around the country. In her twenty-two years as a social worker she has worked in drug prevention, practiced individual and group therapy, worked extensively with caregivers of the chronically ill and developmentally disabled. A much acclaimed poet and author, the winner of a New Millennium Writings Award in 2002 and finalist for the Rita Dove Poetry Award from the Salem College Center for Women Writers in 2004, Gustavson lives and works in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband of 37 years.

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