Measures of spirituality do not figure widely on any social services inspectorate indicators. At first, this book will seem light years from preoccupations with hospital discharge rates, star ratings or child protection targets. Yet its contents are vitally important. Containing chapters from a range of mainly Canadian and New Zealand writers it illustrates a rich mix of cultures, embracing not only Western but also Maori and Polynesian thought.
The strength of this book lies in its empiricism. Examples of working practice in dealing with people's spirituality are drawn from a variety of client groups including older people, people with learning disabilities, children, ethnic minority and indigenous groups. These examples of good practice will be very helpful and challenging to those of us in the UK where the way we address people's spiritual needs can still seem quite perfunctory and tokenistic. The book identifies the training needed to work imaginatively and sensitively... I found this book fascinating. It is an excellent resource book with good references.
Journal of Practice Teaching
This book aims to explore, from a variety of perspectives and settings, the contribution which spirituality can make to well being and to the helping relationship. Definitions of spirituality are offered throughout the book, as are distinctions between spirituality and religion. It provides a valuable addition to a growing body of texts on the spiritual dimension of the helping relationship, and will offer a useful introduction to those who wish to develop their understanding of this dimension of theory and practice.
The Compassionate Friends UK Newsletter
It is a thought-provoking read for those of us who are interested in the wider journey of life and how best to help those we meet along the way.