Soul Mentoring draws upon the wisdom of Gregory the Great (540-604) from his Pastoral Care, one of the most widely read books on mentoring from the ancient world. Those who walk in Gregory’s steps will discover practical guidance for the journey into mentoring, including the formation of a mentor’s soul, and wisdom in learning to care for others. Gregory describes mentoring as the “art of arts,” the highest human creative endeavor. Gregory has ancient wisdom applicable to mentoring in our time for people looking for guidance in the ancient art of caring for souls.
“I wish I had had Robinson’s Soul Mentoring when I introduced graduate psychology students to Gregory’s On Pastoral Care in years past. Robinson’s book is insightful, engaging, and eminently practical for those who want to learn how to care for the ‘souls’ of others, while taking stock of their own spiritual lives in the process.” –DENNIS OKHOLM, Professor of Theology, Azusa Pacific University
“Robinson has written an ingenious and graceful book. Taking his cue from Gregory the Great’s classic work on pastoral care, he has reinvented and recontextualized those lessons in ways that urge the reader into a relationship with both authors at once. Far from a paraphrase and yet remarkably faithful to Gregory’s original series of meditations and admonitions, Robinson’s own wisdom simultaneously disarms and equips aspiring mentors as well as those whom they serve.” –JOHN L. THOMPSON, Professor of Historical Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
“Robinson has the knack of bringing alive ancient manuscripts. In this day and age when spiritual direction is being rediscovered, Gregory’s Pastoral Care has valuable insights into the lost art of soul care. Like Gregory’s original, Robinson’s work is rich in imagery, metaphor, illustration, and story, making it very accessible, very readable, very useful to pastor and layperson alike.” –RICHARD PEACE, Professor of Evangelism & Spiritual Formation, Fuller Theological Seminary