Journey of the Soul

A Practical Guide to Emotional and Spiritual Growth

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Your next steps to greater intimacy with God

The healthy Christian life involves continuing spiritual, emotional, and relational growth. But many of us feel stagnated at one stage of our soul's journey. It's not always clear where or why we are stuck, making it difficult to take the next step.

In Journey of the Soul, Bill and Kristi Gaultiere draw on more than 70,000 hours of providing therapy and spiritual direction to show you how to identify your current stage of faith and the next steps to take based on your unique needs and struggles. With Scripture, self-assessments, and soul care practices to support your progress along the way, this insightful and inspiring book will be a treasured companion on your journey, no matter where you are or how long you've been following Jesus.


"Bill and Kristi Gaultiere have written an inspiring and practical book that brings together the faith and feelings aspects of spiritual formation. It is clear that they have lived what they write about. Every believer will have a fresh understanding of their faith development from reading this book."--David Stoop, PhD, clinical psychologist, host of New Life Radio, and author of Forgiving What You'll Never Forget

"How many followers of Jesus have asked themselves, 'Is this all there is?' Journey of the Soul answers, 'There is so much more!' This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to keep going and growing in Christ."--Rob Jacobs, pastor of spiritual growth, Saddleback Church


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"Bill and Kristi Gaultiere have written an inspiring and practical book that brings together the faith and feelings aspects of spiritual formation. It is clear that they have lived what they write about, for many of the illustrations are personal. I was especially struck by the section on The Wall--the stage where we 'hit the wall' in our faith--and the resolution of this coming through the Inner Journey. Every believer will have a fresh understanding of their faith development from reading this book."

David Stoop, PhD, clinical psychologist, host of New Life Radio, and author of Forgiving What You'll Never Forget

"How many followers of Jesus have asked themselves, 'Is this all there is?' Journey of the Soul answers, 'There is so much more!' As experienced travel guides, Bill and Kristi help you locate where you are and how to progress in your walk. They guide you through the stages of the CHRIST journey, providing plenty of trail markers, practical suggestions, exercises, and packing lists for the next step on your journey of grace. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to keep going and growing in Christ."

Rob Jacobs, pastor of spiritual growth, Saddleback Church

"Journey of the Soul by Bill and Kristi Gaultiere is well written, a most helpful and deep guide to emotional and spiritual growth based on their CHRIST stages model that is circular and nonlinear. They effectively use Scripture and quotations and stories of well-known authors such as Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, A. W. Tozer, Frank Laubach, C. S. Lewis, Henri Nouwen, and especially Dallas Willard. They share their own experiences along with practical exercises and spiritual disciplines to be practiced in a grace-filled and non-legalistic way. This is a must-read for all of us who want to know the triune God more deeply and grow to become more like Jesus. Highly recommended!"

Siang-Yang Tan, PhD, professor of clinical psychology, Fuller Seminary; senior pastor, First Evangelical Church Glendale (CA); and author of Shepherding God's People

"Many people get lost or stuck on the path of personal growth, but Journey of the Soul gives you a map. Bill and Kristi Gaultiere have counseled us and our church for many years. In their new book, they come alongside you at each stage of faith to show you that the Lord Jesus is your friend. You'll discover new possibilities for living with love for God, yourself, and others."

Bobby and Hannah Schuller, pastors of The Hour of Power

"I love how the uniqueness of Bill and Kristi's personal stories complement the ways God works differently in each of us. Through their years of experience in journeying with others, they help us recognize where we are on the path of life and how the perfect qualities of Jesus are available to us. You'll be greatly encouraged as God through the Holy Spirit imparts grace for your continued growth to be ever more like Jesus."

Judy TenElshof, PhD, professor of spirituality and marriage and family, Talbot Seminary; founder, Hilltop Renewal Center

"This is a thorough, practical, and biblically infused guide to developing a deeper spiritual life. The Gaultieres lead the reader through examples of life change, self-reflection, inspiration, and application with the goal of growing our souls. This book is packed with insights for your journey and will especially speak to church attenders, pastors, and missionaries."

Ted Esler, PhD, president, Missio Nexus


The Authors

  1. Bill Gaultiere
    Briana Gaultiere

    Bill Gaultiere

    Drs. Bill and Kristi Gaultiere have been counseling and ministering to people for thirty years. Bill is a psychologist who has served in private practice, co-led a New Life psychiatric day hospital, and pastored churches. Kristi is a marriage and family...

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  2. Kristi Gaultiere
    Briana Gaultiere

    Kristi Gaultiere

    Bill and Kristi Gaultiere have been counseling and ministering to people for 30 years. Bill is a psychologist who has served in private practice, co-led a New Life psychiatric day hospital, and pastored churches. Kristi is a marriage and family therapist who...

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