Hi, there. I'm Christianne Squires. Book editor. Spiritual director. Wife of Kirk. Mom of two kitties, Aslan and Lucy. Lover of books and planners.
I've hosted this online space since 2008 as a place to explore spiritual formation — how it happens in my life and how it might also happen in yours.
Along the way, I was called to serve the community that began to gather in this space. We've learned and grown together the last few years.
Then, in November 2016, I discerned an invitation to sabbatical in my ministry, so that's what I'm doing now.
As a writer, my journey becomes more real when I write about it, so I'm writing my way through the sabbatical here. If it nourishes you in some way, I'm glad.
Thank you for stopping by.
Blessings and peace to you on your way,
My Credentials, etc.
I completed an MA in spiritual formation in 2011 through Spring Arbor University. It was an online hybrid cohort model, and I completed my master's thesis research on digital connectivity and spiritual formation, exploring how Internet culture affects the soul. In 2013, I was honored to be named by Spiritual Directors International as one of their New Contemplatives.
I completed my training as a spiritual director through the Audire School for Spiritual Direction in Central Florida. It was a rich three years of training that included two years of supervised internship, during which I discerned a call to exercise my vocation as a spiritual director in online spaces.
In 2014, I offered a workshop at Spiritual Directors International's annual conference on the subject "Spiritual Formation in a Google-ized World," followed by two online webinars: "The Case for Spiritual Direction in the Technology Age" and "Using Technology Tools in Spiritual Direction: Is It for You?"
At that same 2014 conference, I was privileged to interview Richard Rohr, OFM. We talked about many things — St. Thérèse of Lisieux, falling upward in the second half of life, and the unique opportunities available to spiritual directors at this time in history. You can watch our conversation here.
In 2014, on the heels of that conference, my husband, Kirk, and I developed and hosted a year-long initiative for spiritual directors called The Soul Online, inviting fellow spiritual directors to connect around the subject of the Internet and its effect on our spiritual development.
In January 2016, I published an article in the Center for Action and Contemplation's journal, Oneing, on the subject of messiness in community. You can read the article here.
Lastly, I've been a professional editor for more than 15 years and am pleased to now combine my training as a spiritual director with my experience as a book editor at Bookwifery, Inc. If you're writing a book or moving in the direction of writing one, I'd love to connect with you there.