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About "Guiding Gideon"
Guiding Gideon chronicles the encounters between Gideon, a young man in his thirties in the midst of crisis, and his spiritual guide, Julian. With Julian accompanying him to attend prayerfully to the life directly before him, Gideon traverses the troubled landscape of his interior life, where he encounters grace, his deepest wounds become "sacred," and he is invited into fuller participation in the kingdom of God. Julian reflects prayerfully on each session, conscious that he is a privileged witness to the restorative movements of the Spirit within Gideon's life and that the same Spirit is forming him in the way of Jesus. Guiding Gideon is for all who desire to become more attentive to their formation in the likeness of Christ. It is also for spiritual guides who want their mentoring, counseling, pastoral care, or spiritual directing to reflect and embody the way of Jesus. Written as a narrative, Guiding Gideon offers prayerful reflection within the context of guiding a fictional pilgrim and also invites readers to witness the formation of a fictional guide.Reflective of the contemplative vision of New Monasticism, Guiding Gideon models a prayer-action praxis inspired by Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.
Meet the Author
Christopher Brown has an academic background in Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy. He taught social work at the University of Queensland for over twenty-five years, and spiritual companioning at Christian Heritage College for twelve years. He has undergone formation as a spiritual director, offers spiritual direction, and is now involved in the formation of spiritual directors.
Christopher and his wife Marilyn have spent sabbatical time with the Church of the Saviour in Washington DC and at the Reba Place Church in Evanston, USA. They also spent seven years with a Brisbane inner-city Christian network, the "Waiter's Union", which sought to establish longer term friendships with people on the edge of society.
Christopher and Marilyn live in Brisbane, Australia. They have three children and eight grandchildren. As evangelicals they attend their local Baptist church, and are also involved with a group of friends who are exploring ways to support the church and deepen a life of faith, prayer and action that is committed to Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.
Christopher is also involved in a small writer's group, which has been labelled by one editor as the "Holy Scribblers". This writing focuses on different aspects of Christian Spirituality. Christopher's second book, Guiding Gideon: Awakening to Life and Faith, is about spiritual companioning and deeper formation in Christian faith.