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Recalling Our Own Stories: Spiritual Renewal for Religious Caregivers

Recalling Our Own Stories: Spiritual Renewal for Religious Caregivers

How religious caregivers can find spiritual renewal in their own story

Recalling Our Own Stories, which author Edward P. Wimberly describes as "a spiritual retreat in book form," is designed to help clergy and religious caregivers face the challenges of ministry. It is also a valuable resource for practitioners who assist these clergy and caregivers in meeting the challenges of their work.

Wimberly enables caregivers to map out and come to grips with cultural expectations of their profession. He also helps readers explore and edit the mythologies that make up their self-image, attitudes toward others, expectations about their performance and role, and convictions about ministry. Finally, he provides a model for spiritual and emotional review grounded in narrative psychology and spiritual approaches.

As Wimberly explains, this book offers a way to renew our motivation for ministry by reconnecting to our original call, visualizing again how God has acted and remains intricately involved in our lives.

Wimberly demonstrates how religious caregivers, often facing burnout, can tap the sources of renewal that reside in the faith community.

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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506454771
  • eBook ISBN 9781506454788
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 156
  • Publication Date February 1, 2019

Table of Contents

The Author
1. To Be Called Anew: Finding Spiritual Replenishment in Our Own Stories
2. Personal Myths: Stories That Empower Us or Leave Us Vulnerable
3. Marital and Family Myths: Stories That Affect Our Relationships with Loved Ones
4. Ministry Myths: Stories That Help or Hinder Us in Serving God
5. The Possibility of Change: Reauthoring the Myths That Bind Us
6. Suzanne: Allowing the True Self to Surface
7. James and Hope: Understanding Who Called Us to Ministry
8. Blanche and Henry: Seeing Our Spouses for Who They Are
9. Zelda and David: Seizing the In-Between Moments When Change is Possible
10. From Walking Wounded to Wounded Healer: What to Expect on the Journey