This handy manual presents everything you might want to know about spiritual direction. But its focus is technical rather than inspirational. This being understood, it would be hard to find a more comprehensive treatment of the subject. The qualities of the good spiritual director are clearly set forth. Above all, the authors note, there must be a willingness to love and to listen with patience and gentleness, yet with courage to speak the often unpalatable truth. On the directee's side, there must be openness to the unexpected and willingness to wait with patience and sometimes pain for signs of progress. There must be the realization that God is the ultimate spiritual director, guiding every soul according to his timetable of what is best suited to the uniqueness of the individual.