Dan Prechtel has written a generous and comprehensive companion to those eager to take their spiritual lives deeper through imaginative prayer, meditation, and dreamwork. Combining solid scriptural grounding, multiple examples of reliable approaches, detailed descriptions and directions for specific practices, and disarmingly honest personal stories, he leads the reader toward many doors that open into the nearer presence of the Holy One.
--Susana Singer, PhD, Associate Professor of Ministry Development, Church Divinity School of the Pacific
In Light on the Path, Daniel Prechtel reminds us of the power of words, images, and symbols to influence our personal decisions. He opens the inner world to us, drawing on classic writings, personal revelations, and his decades-long work with individuals and congregations in discernment processes. He invites us to look more deeply at the symbols and images that hold divine guidance for our lives, beckoning us into a future with hope.
--Dwight H. Judy, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Formation, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Author of Discerning Life Transitions: Listening Together in Spiritual Direction
St.Ignatius of Loyola wrote about the imagination as if it were an organ of spiritual perception. Plenty of wise teachers have done the same, but no one has written about it as comprehensively and usefully as Daniel Prechtel. Light on the Path is an essential resource for anyone offering spiritual guidance, and a treasure for those seeking spiritual insight into their own journeys.
--Rev. John R. Mabry, PhD, Author of Noticing the Divine: An Introduction to Interfaith Spiritual Guidance
Daniel Prechtel's deep reservoir of wisdom comes from many years of fruitful experience as a spiritual director, teacher, and priest. Light on the Path is an invitation to greater self-awareness and enhanced relationships, but most of all to communion with a loving God who speaks to us in symbols, stories, and dreams.
--Arthur Holder, PhD, Professor of Christian Spirituality, Graduate Theological Union
This is a book steeped in wisdom and insight--the latter word literally intended--as it is an invitation to a sacred journey of inner seeing. Prechtel offers both practical tools for, and profound knowledge of, Christian practices for hallowing dreams, visions, and imagination as channels for divine revelation. Let this book be your guide to rediscovering, as Prechtel's own students have, that "the answer to our questions comes from above, but needs to be found within ourselves."
--The Rev. Cn. Julia McCray-Goldsmith, Canon for Cathedral Life, Trinity Cathedral, Portland; former Canon for Discipleship in the Episcopal Diocese of California