Invitation to Solitude and Silence

Author: Ruth Haley Barton

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 9780281085989

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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Ruth Haley Barton's award-winning, practical introduction to the spiritual practice of silence and solitude is an invitation to you to journey into the real presence of God and hear and his voice. Much of the Christian faith is about words - preaching, teaching, talking with others. But the hectic demands and noise of daily modern life can drown out God's words, and keep us from fully meeting him. Taking the story of Elijah the prophet as inspiration and example, Invitation to Solitude and Silence explores the power of quietness and stillness in connecting with God. Filled with practical exercises that draw on Ruth's own experience, it encourages and challenges us to rethink how we see silence and solitude and to use them to invite God deeper into our lives. Invitation to Solitude and Silence is ideal for anyone looking for spiritual disciplines to help them connect more fully with God and practices to aid their spiritual formation. Ruth's gentle wisdom will expand your idea of what prayer can be, and help you find time to rest and renew your faith so that your relationship with God is strengthened. Helpful and hopeful, this book is a reminder that God does not push himself where he is not wanted but waits for us to respond from the depths of our desire. Will you say yes?
Invitation to a Journey

Author: M. Robert Mulholland Jr.

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830893737

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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M. Robert Mulholland Jr. fleshes out a carefully worded definition of spiritual formation that encompasses the dynamics of a vital Christian life and counters our culture's tendency to trivialize, methodize and privatize spirituality. Now revised and expanded by Ruth Haley Barton with a new foreword, practices and study guide.
The Spiritual Life of a Leader

Author: Boyd Bailey

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

ISBN: 9780736982450

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 530

The Best Leaders Rely on God No matter where you lead, the qualities that make a great leader are the same: you should be humble, selfless, honest, collaborative, and teachable. Most of all, you should recognize Jesus as the gold standard of leadership and make your relationship with God your top priority. In The Spiritual Life of a Leader, bestselling author Boyd Bailey will help you develop the habits and goals of an effective leader. As you orient your heart toward serving God, you’ll grow in your ability to bear spiritual fruit in your workplace, serve your colleagues, and raise up other leaders. Learn how you can… use honest self-assessment to improve your weaknesses and hone your spiritual strengths make spirituality a central part of your management style, even in a secular environment avoid the temptations common to leaders and ensure your unique spiritual needs are met Get ready to grow as a leader and a follower of Christ. The Spiritual Life of a Leader will help you adopt God’s priorities as your own and enable you to shine for Him as you follow Jesus’ footsteps.
Practices for Working in the Presence of God

Author: Shannon Vandewarker

Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers

ISBN: 9781496472168

Category: Religion

Page: 184

View: 998

Practices for Working in the Presence of God is a companion book that provides deeper discussion of how to engage in the eleven spiritual practices outlined in Working in the Presence of God: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Work. This guide is a hybrid between a workbook and a journal, and includes a compilation of resources for people to incorporate into their spiritual practices at work. Each chapter aligns with the eleven original chapters in the first book and includes the following: artwork that introduces and provides space to reflect on the practice of that chapter a brief overview of the practice an adaptation of the practice for remote working environments an application of the practice (where applicable) for those in leadership or management positions a brief guided-practice section Scripture passages for reflection guided prayers and other helpful resources
Where Do Broken Hearts Go?

Author: W. Ross Hastings

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498278478

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 544

Grounded in the narrative of the loss of his own wife, Ross Hastings seeks to provide insight into the universal human condition of loss and grief . . . and speaks comfort. All kinds of losses produce grief--loss of jobs, homes, friendships, health, losses through divorce, and loss through death of parents, children, and spouses--and we are often unprepared for it. Applicable to all who go through loss, this book will also offer skills for pastors, pastors-in-training, and friends seeking to offer comfort to grieving people. It will weave together first-order theological, as well as integrated psychological insights that relate to loss and grieving, interspersed with personal stories. The ultimately redemptive nature of grief is highlighted, with sensitivity to the grieving process. It offers comfort for the grieving found in fresh awareness of the orientation and action of the triune God who is for us, who invites us to participate in his life and love, and gathers up our grief, and in Christ, suffers with us. It beckons us towards spiritual attentiveness, permission for emotional honesty, normalization of the grief process, practices that enable coping and redemptive transformation in the present, and hope grounded in future resurrection reality.
The Radiant Midnight

Author: Melissa Maimone

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

ISBN: 9780736976480

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 112

“In The Radiant Midnight you will find not merely abstract ideas about the essence of darkness or how to go about facing it. You will also find humor, Wisdom. Honesty. You will find Melissa’s very bone and blood…it is here, then, in reading—rather, perhaps, listening to—her words, that your heart, trapped as it may feel in its own midnight, begins to see the first signs of dawn.” –Curt Thompson, MD, author of Anatomy of the Soul Grace and Hope for Long Dark Nights Have you ever suffered with depression, sadness, or the feeling that you just can't seem to get it together? Do you wonder if you could ever view your deepest wounds in a different light? Through candid storytelling, biblical truth, honest lament, and unexpected humor, The Radiant Midnight is a bold refusal to simplify the experience of suffering by moving too quickly to try to relieve it. With questions to guide you and practical suggestions to lead you through dark moments, this book takes you on a journey of surrender, suffering, rest, and restoration as it encourages and comforts you in whatever struggle you face. The message of The Radiant Midnight is fueled by the passionate belief that not only will God lead you out of darkness, He will be fully and beautifully present within it. You can find deep contentment in painful circumstances and discover a profound intimacy with a compassionate, tender God who is with you in every moment—in each hope-filled dawn and every radiant midnight.
Shh...Listening for God

Author: Cornelius W. May

Publisher: Xulon Press

ISBN: 9781619049659

Category: Religion

Page: 226

View: 112

We live in a noisy world. Yet to meet the God of the Still Small Voice, it will take a quiet place, a stilled soul in order to hear, even more, to listen for the Divine to speak into our darkened void. But speak God will. Create the space. Solitude and silence are necessary gates of opportunity on the pathway to encounter. Experienced and practiced by Jesus, they are the secrets of the ancients. Most often, both are feared because it seems before we ever meet God in these sacred disciplines, we will first meet ourselves. In the silence, inner thoughts once suppressed raise their condemning tones and must be intentionally quenched before we can move further and deeper. It is because, on the other side of the fray, are the more meaningful things of the Spirit, the transformational waters of engaging spirituality. Thus, the battle is fought in the simplicity of the sequestered life, in the barren wilderness, where we are alone with God, where our adversary has lost his edge, and the victory of God's creative Voice finally breaks through to heal and make whole. Neal W. May is Founder and Senior Pastor of Faith Fellowship Church in Macedonia, Ohio, and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary. He attended Kent State University during the turbulent '60s and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a minor in education. Pastor May has experienced the balance of both Spirit and Word, illumination and reason. He is Founder and President of Hosanna Bible Training Center and instructor of Biblical Interpretation and Contemporary Preaching. In addition, he has served as an adjunct professor for Ashland Theological Seminary where he has taught Small Group Ministry, Communication and Conflict in the Church, and Archaeology of the New Testament.
Longing for More

Author: Ruth Haley Barton


ISBN: 9781459600478


Page: 336

View: 192

the quiet places of your heart, do you ever yearn for something more? Many Christian women, if we are honest, feel discontented about aspects of our lives. Some of us long to be married, while others long to escape from marriage. Some of us struggle with our roles in the church, wondering why God would give us gifts that are not allowed to flourish. Some of us feel we have no voice. Others of us have no idea what we would say if we did. Ruth Haley Barton believes that what lies underneath all our confusion is a longing for freedom--not the freedom to do as we please, but the freedom to discover our full identity in Christ and use our gifts to serve God. With wisdom and charity Barton's exhilarating book explores the many areas of a woman's life that need the freeing touch of Christ such as vocation, relationships, spirituality, identity, sexuality, singleness, marriage and motherhood. Avoiding both feminist and fundamentalist trappings, she affirms our longings as important markers which point us toward Gods renewing love. Barton's honesty, biblical insight, practical examples and loving encouragement combine to form a powerful, empowering book that will transform the way you live out your identity and purpose in Gods kingdom.
Invitations of Jesus

Author: Trevor Hudson

Publisher: Upper Room Books

ISBN: 9780835813129

Category: Religion

Page: 96

View: 909

How do we respond to the invitations of Jesus? Trevor Hudson calls us to consider the invitations Jesus offers in five dimensions of life. In his gentle and intimate style, Trevor leads you to see where Christ is touching your life, calling you to deeper relationship with God, self, and neighbor. This six-week small group study includes a Leader’s Guide for small-group facilitation. The sessions are structured to last one hour and open with a prayer followed by reading the Word, reflecting on the chapter invitation, and responding to the invitation.
The Life of Love: An Invitation: Fifty-two Reflections on Emotional and Spiritual Healing

Author: Sharon Southwell


ISBN: 9781483419183


Page: 600

View: 449

Is love the place where psychological observation and spiritual wisdom about healing meet? If love is associated with healing of all sorts, how do I more consciously set about to grow in love, seeking healing for myself and for my neighbours, community and world? How do I encourage others in their journeys into love? Drawing on a broad Christian heritage, a deep respect for the insights of other religious and spiritual traditions and two decades of work in welfare and clinical settings, psychologist Sharon Southwell encourages spiritual seekers of all backgrounds to consider these questions for themselves. Structured in 52 Reflections, each followed by 'Invitations', The Life of Love invites you to grow in love by embracing life-giving connection to yourself, to others, your community, to art, nature and to your ultimate context, whether you experience this as God or as some other immanent or transcendent spiritual connection.