STIR is a helpful resource in adding to the spiritual growth conversation. Aside from just being philosophical in nature, Caliguire gives some helpful and practical tools to implement in spiritual relationships. There is a lot of positive things that can be taken away from this book. However, I struggle with giving it a final "rating." Much of the content would lead me to give it four stars. But from some of the authors quoted (such as Dallas Willard, someone I cannot necessarily endorse), and many of the spiritual direction resources recommended at the end of the book leave me wanting to give the book two stars. I was excited to explore some of the recommended resources she provides, but just a few clicks online left me browsing through resources that promote Buddhism. This is a concern that plagues far too many spiritual development books and resources for some reason. All I can say is that STIR ends up being a helpful book, but one that will require much caution and discernment in exploring its resources. So, I guess I will split the difference and give it three stars.
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