Monday, 18 February 2013

ACRBA Tour - Soul Friend by Jo-Anne Berthelsen

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18 - 22 February 2013

Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance

Is Introducing

Soul Friend: The Story of a shared Spiritual Journey
(Even Before Publishing October 2012)


Jo-Anne Berthelsen

Available at Light the Dark for $16.95

About the Book:
Soul Friend is an honest and intimate portrayal of the author's own journey with her wise, spiritual mentor and the warm, life-giving relationship that developed between them during their fifteen years of meeting together. This story is written in the hope that it will inspire many not only to seek out such a spiritual friendship for themselves but also to provide such a friendship for another.
Beautifully written, this honest and insightful memoir is an inspiring celebration of the ancient art of spiritual companionship. Dr Rick Lewis
Soul friendship is a very under-emphasised resource of Christian discipleship, particularly for Christian leaders. Jo-Anne has written honestly, beautifully, sensitively and powerfully. Dr Keith Farmer

About the Author
3975230Jo-Anne Berthelsen lives in Sydney but grew up in Brisbane. She holds degrees in Arts and Theology and has worked as a high school teacher, editor and secretary, as well as in local church ministry. Jo-Anne loves communicating through both the written and spoken word. She is the author of five published novels – Heléna, All the Days of My Life, Laura, Jenna andHeléna’s Legacy, with a sixth, The Inheritance, due for release in 2013. Her first non-fiction work Soul Friend: The story of a shared spiritual journey was released in October 2012. Jo-Anne loves music, reading, mentoring younger women, and sharing with community groups about writing. She is married to a retired minister and has three grown-up children and three grandchildren.


My Thoughts:

When I first heard of this book I really wanted to read it, not just because I really like Jo-Anne's other books, but because mentoring younger women is something that I am interested in doing - in a formal way.

I didn't always agree with what Jo-Anne said, but that is probably because of differences in upbringing, life circumstances, and our individual interpretation of Scripture.

Not all mentoring/shared spiritual journeys will look the same, so this was a really good look at how these two women shared their spiritual journey together.

1 comment:

Jo-Anne Berthelsen said...

Thanks so much, Beth, for sharing your thoughts about my 'Soul Friend' book. I liked your honesty that you didn't agree with everything, but it sounds as if you still found some valuable insights there as far as your own mentoring of others goes. I hope so anyway! God bless you as you share the journeys of others in this way.