Just started Philothea aka Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales. Its been sitting on my shelf for a year and I never looked at it. Shame on me! What a great book for the new Catholic. Its almost like a catechism on Catholic life so far. Spiritual direction in book form.
I wish I had a spiritual director but I wouldn't even know where to begin looking. We're getting 2 new priests for my parish soon but it seems they are pretty newly ordained. Everyone I've heard mention it agrees that experienced priests are the best ones. And even then the picking is slim. Some feel comfortable doing it and others don't.
I once asked my (former) Pastor about lay people being spiritual directors and if I can loosely quote him he said, "Its not the same thing." I think he's right. How could it be?
For now I rely on the saints.