Sally Sharpe is a Certified Spiritual Director who offers spiritual direction for individuals or groups (in person and through video conferencing), as well as workshops and retreats on various topics related to spiritual practices and soul care—often utilizing Scripture, journaling, and the exploration of our own stories to facilitate inner healing. She also enjoys partnering with her husband, Neil, a licensed marriage and family therapist, to lead classes, seminars, and retreats for individuals and couples on relationships, marriage, and parenting. With thirty years of experience in Christian publishing as an editor and writer and over twenty years of participation and leadership in women's Bible study, she currently is Senior Editor of Abingdon Women, a line of in-depth Bible studies published by Abingdon Press, where she oversees the development of both print and video resources. Sally and Neil have two young adult daughters and live just outside of Nashville in Mt. Juliet, TN.
Sally received her certificate in spiritual direction from the Selah Center for Spiritual Formation (Nashville, TN), a program that consists of education, practicum, mentorship, and two residencies. Selah’s foundational focus is God as love through the lens of Christ and the tools of the Christian contemplative traditions.
In 2019-2020 she will complete Track 2 of the Selah Spiritual Direction program, receiving training for leading the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius. Currently she is participating in the 19th annotation, a nine-month extended personal retreat experience involving weekly prayer practices, readings, meditations, and sessions with a spiritual director. The exercises are intended to help people deepen their relationship with God as they journey with Jesus through his life, passion, and resurrection.
Sally also has completed Transformation Ministries’ Identity First Conference, which focuses on barriers to experiencing connection with God and others, and two terms of their School of Transformation (one as a student and one as an intern). The School of Transformation is a deep dive into our perception of God and inner healing, including HeartSync Ministry—a tool that facilitates healing of the broken heart and enables us to live more wholeheartedly.
Areas of Interest/Practice:
Writing / Journaling
During her many years in the Christian publishing industry, Sally has been an editor, writer, ghost writer, and writing coach. She has worked on a wide spectrum of publications from Christian living/trade books to Bible studies, small group resources, and leadership books. In 2011, she helped to develop and launch Abingdon Women, a line of women’s Bible studies and books that continues to grow. In this role she oversees acquisitions, author relations, content development, and production—including video development and production. Sally is the author of Yellow Roses (Student Book): Real Girls. Real Life. Real Hope, A Moment with God for Women, and numerous study and leader guides. Through the years she has enjoyed both spiritual journaling and creative writing courses, but she is a believer in journaling and creative writing as spiritual practices and tools of inner healing because of many years of her own personal experience.