Magazine article Anglican Journal

Stretching Souls through Christian Spirituality

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Stretching Souls through Christian Spirituality

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When the Ven. Dr. Ellen Clark-King was working as a spiritual director, she kept mentally reaching for a book on the shelf to lend to her clients.

But it wasn't on the shelf.

"No one seemed to have written it," says Clark-King, archdeacon of Burrard and priest associate at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver. So she wrote it herself.

"My inspiration was the Christian spiritual tradition--its wonderful diversity, depth of wisdom and the manifold different paths it beckons people on--all of which lead to a closer relationship with God." says Clark-King, who holds a degree in history from the University of Cambridge.

And so, interrupted by a move from England to Canada and increasing pastoral duties in Vancouver, Clark-King began work about seven years ago on The Path to Your Door: Approaches to Christian Spirituality (Continuum, 2011). She was finally able to complete this seekers' guidebook in 2010 while on a three-month sabbatical at the Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat Centre in Auckland, N.Z.

Originally inspired by the needs of retreat leaders and spiritual directors, The Path is a thorough but readable introduction to key themes in historical and contemporary Christian spiritual traditions, from St. Augustine to Thomas Merton. The intended audience is broad: all those who are beginning to explore the untravelled byways of the soul, whether they define themselves as Christians or as non-religious spiritual questers. "The book is introductory and accessible, so its open to any interested reader," says Clark-King. …

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