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Everything Belongs

Everything Belongs Author Richard Rohr
ISBN-10 0824519957
Release 2003
Pages 186
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Using Zen parables and personal experiences, Rohr leads readers beyond the techniques of prayer to a place where they can receive the gift of contemplation--and know that everything belongs.

Uncommon Prayer

Uncommon Prayer Author Michael Plekon
ISBN-10 9780268100032
Release 2016-08-26
Pages 280
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In Uncommon Prayer: Prayer in Everyday Experience, Michael Plekon wants to change our minds on what constitutes prayer. In doing so, he makes a theological claim that commonplace aspects of the Christian life are best understood as prayer, whereby encouraging us to see that everyday life carries religious import; prayer and the religious life are not restricted to special places and times, but are open to all believers at all times. Plekon examines the works of diverse authors, including many who have challenged the status quo of institutional churches. He asks us to listen to what poets, writers, activists, and others tell us about how they pray at work and at home, with colleagues, family, and friends, in all the experiences of life, from joy to suffering, sadness to hope. Among them are Sarah Coakley, Rowan Williams, Heather Havrilesky, Sara Miles, Thomas Merton, Mary Oliver, Christian Wiman, Mary Karr, Barbara Brown Taylor, Dorothy Day, Maria Skobtsova, Paul Evdokimov, Seraphim of Sarov, and Richard Rohr. Plekon argues that prayer encompasses a much wider variety of activity than formal and liturgical prayers and that, by recognizing such aspects of prayer, the believer is made more receptive to transformative aspects of prayerful attitudes.

Closer Than Close

Closer Than Close Author Dave Hickman
ISBN-10 9781631464096
Release 2016-08-01
Pages 208
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How many times have you heard someone say, “I want to be close to God,” or “I feel far from Jesus?” For many of us, we have been led to believe that our relationship with Jesus is based on proximity—a sliding scale of “near” or “far” based on the faithfulness of our spiritual devotion. But what if being “close” to you isn’t good enough for Jesus? What if he wants to be closer than close? Instead of simply having a “personal relationship” with you, what if Jesus longs to be “perfectly one” with you instead? In this achingly bold and beautiful book, pastor, scholar, friend, and now author, Dave Hickman, invites you into his personal journey from striving to abiding, anxiety to peace, weariness to rest; from having a relationship with Jesus to awakening to the freedom of his union with Christ. Through careful attention to Scripture, personal stories, and everyday examples, join Dave as he guides you into the depths of the mystery of your personal and corporate union with Christ. In doing so, you, too, can awaken to the wonder and freedom that is already yours in Christ.

Second Calling

Second Calling Author Dale Hanson Bourke
ISBN-10 9780785289586
Release 2008-05
Pages 192
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Using the biblical story of Naomi, as well as a wealth of personal experiences, Bourke offers essential principles that will help older women blaze new trails in their best years and mentor younger women, encouraging them to build for the future with wisdom and strength.

Where Two or Three Are Gathered

Where Two or Three Are Gathered Author Daniel Prechtel
ISBN-10 9780819227720
Release 2012-02-01
Pages 197
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This book offers a detailed presentation of ten small group models, plus guidance in groupleadership dynamics. It also presents material related to group retreat work, spiritual guidancewith organizations, and a peer supervision/consultation model for s

Little Me Can Live a Big Life

Little Me Can Live a Big Life Author Peter Allman, M.A.
ISBN-10 9781440135064
Release 2009-04-30
Pages 216
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One of the author’s favorite New Yorker cartoons depicts Charles Dickens discussing his manuscript with an editor. The editor is saying, “I wish you would make up your mind, Mr. Dickens. Was it the best of times or the worst of times? It could scarcely have been both.” This humorous message captures the concrete, “either-or” thinking that can cause a person to get stuck while on his or her journey towards living a bigger life. Peter Allman has written a unique, compelling, yet simple collection of paradoxes that invite the reader to unlock the mystery of living a bigger life that includes the “both-and” thinking of paradoxes. This book helps the reader to integrate paradoxical truths. Each chapter is drawn from the author’s personal experiences as a psychotherapist, adjunct professor of undergraduate and graduate psychology classes, sought-after public speaker, co-founder and president of a non-profit, after-school center for disadvantaged adolescents, husband, and father. “The Western mind and the left brain have ignored much of the depth of true spirituality--by ignoring its invariably paradoxical character. Peter Allman does an immense service by holding and yet revealing great paradoxes in a very creative tension. This book could change the way you hear spiritual texts and teachers, and the way you will grow from now on!” ?Richard Rohr, O.F.M., author of Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer

Backpacking with the Saints

Backpacking with the Saints Author Belden C. Lane
ISBN-10 9780199394173
Release 2014-11-03
Pages 256
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Carrying only basic camping equipment and a collection of the world's great spiritual writings, Belden C. Lane embarks on solitary spiritual treks through the Ozarks and across the American Southwest. For companions, he has only such teachers as Rumi, John of the Cross, Hildegard of Bingen, Dag Hammarskjöld, and Thomas Merton, and as he walks, he engages their writings with the natural wonders he encounters--Bell Mountain Wilderness with Søren Kierkegaard, Moonshine Hollow with Thich Nhat Hanh--demonstrating how being alone in the wild opens a rare view onto one's interior landscape, and how the saints' writings reveal the divine in nature. The discipline of backpacking, Lane shows, is a metaphor for a spiritual journey. Just as the wilderness offered revelations to the early Desert Christians, backpacking hones crucial spiritual skills: paying attention, traveling light, practicing silence, and exercising wonder. Lane engages the practice not only with a wide range of spiritual writings--Celtic, Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist, Hindu, and Sufi Muslim--but with the fascination of other lovers of the backcountry, from John Muir and Ed Abbey to Bill Plotkin and Cheryl Strayed. In this intimate and down-to-earth narrative, backpacking is shown to be a spiritual practice that allows the discovery of God amidst the beauty and unexpected terrors of nature. Adoration, Lane suggests, is the most appropriate human response to what we cannot explain, but have nonetheless learned to love. An enchanting narrative for Christians of all denominations, Backpacking with the Saints is an inspiring exploration of how solitude, simplicity, and mindfulness are illuminated and encouraged by the discipline of backcountry wandering, and of how the wilderness itself becomes a way of knowing-an ecology of the soul.

Falling Upward

Falling Upward Author Richard Rohr
ISBN-10 9781118428566
Release 2013-01-22
Pages 208
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"A fresh way of thinking about spirituality that grows throughout life. In Falling Upward, Fr. Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those who have fallen, failed, or "gone down" are the only ones who understand "up." Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of life, but the whole thesis of this book is exactly the opposite.? What looks like falling down can largely be experienced as "falling upward."? In fact, it is not a loss but somehow actually a gain, as we have all seen with elders who?have come to their fullness.?? Explains why the second half of life can and should be full of spiritual richness Offers a new view of how spiritual growth happens loss is gain Richard Rohr is a regular contributing writer for Sojourners and Tikkun magazines This important book explores the counterintuitive message that we grow spiritually much more by doing wrong than by doing right."--

Holistic Christianity

Holistic Christianity Author Joseph Conti
ISBN-10 1557788308
Release 2005-11-07
Pages 400
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"This book points to and describes where we are surely heading: full incarnationalism. The salvation that God is offering the universe is much more whole, much more now, much better than we dared to imagine. Joe Conti shares with us a Christ who is bigger than our small humanity, and a humanity that is still capable of such a Christ." --Fr. Richard Rohr, author of Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer "Joseph Conti draws from a wide range of sources in developing a vision of Christian life that integrates into a single whole the principles of holistic medicine, psychological healing, and contemplative spirituality." --James Finley, author of Merton's Palace of Nowhere "Dr. Conti initiated a personal dialogue with me from his very first page, and he faithfully sustained our relationship as he led me along the tried and true paths of Catholic spirituality. It is clear that Conti has completed the exacting research at every juncture of his study, respecting the classical sources on Christian mysticism even as he proposes his own carefully measured insights." --George Saint Laurent, Ph.D., author of Spirituality and World Religions, Professor Emeritus, California State University at Fullerton "A highly accessible, engagingly direct and deeply informed practice-oriented text."--Philip Novak, Chairman, Dept. of Philosophy and Religion, Dominican College of San Raf'l, author of The World's Wisdom " novel breakthrough, assisted by vivid illustrations"--Dr. Robert Ellwood, Professor Emeritus of Religion, University of Southern California, author of Mysticism and Religion

Twenty Secrets for Healing Thoughts Feelings and Relationships

Twenty Secrets for Healing Thoughts  Feelings  and Relationships Author Peter M. Kalellis
ISBN-10 0824523032
Release 2005
Pages 204
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The author of One More Spring, Restoring Relationships shows readers how to unleash undisovered resources of emotion and spirit, presenting practices and techniques that are designed to bring these energies to the surface. Original.

The Way of Prayer

The Way of Prayer Author Jane E. Vennard
ISBN-10 0835899063
Release 2007-02-01
Pages 140
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The Way of Prayer is a 10-week resource designed to help people expand their understanding of the nature and practice of prayer. Many Christians grow up with a limited vision of what prayer is and how to pray. The Way of Prayer offers many forms to explore and practice, both individually and as a group. People with different temperaments, spiritual types, and learning styles will each find expressions of prayer that draw them closer to God. They will also learn to integrate body, mind, and spirit in prayer, and to live a more creative rhythm between the inner life and the outward journey of service. This resource can help bring greater scope and vitality into the prayer life of your congregation. Topics include: How do you Pray? Images of God? Praying by Heart Praying with Music Praying by Gazing Praying with Our Bodies Scriptural Prayer Contemplative Prayer Praying with and for Others Prayer and Social Transformation - Small groups in local churches - Companions in Christ customers

Secrets of a Good Life as Told by Saints and Sinners

Secrets of a Good Life as Told by Saints and Sinners Author Kathleen Stephens
ISBN-10 0835898113
Release 2005-01-01
Pages 176
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Secrets of a Good Life as Told by Saints and Sinners has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Secrets of a Good Life as Told by Saints and Sinners also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Secrets of a Good Life as Told by Saints and Sinners book for free.

Journaling Your Decembered Grief

Journaling Your Decembered Grief Author Harold Ivan Smith
ISBN-10 0834119153
Release 2001-08-01
Pages 80
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While others celebrate, those who grieve may find the holidays a time when their misery intensifies. Many who have faced the holidays following the loss of a loved one have found comfort and hope in A Decembered Grief. Harold Ivan Smith brings us Journaling Your Decembered Grief to complement the illustrations and insights found in A Decembered Grief to encourage the griever, to acknowledge, and to reflect on the loss while embracing the hope of Christ.

A Place for Skeptics

A Place for Skeptics Author Scott Larson
ISBN-10 0830737057
Release 2005-01-01
Pages 188
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The authors provide a spiritual journey for those who may have given up on Church, but not on God.

When Wisdom Speaks

When Wisdom Speaks Author Lyn Holley Doucet
ISBN-10 0824525701
Release 2007
Pages 190
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Female voices of the Bible have been silenced throughout much of history. What would it be like to get to know the women of the Bible as real, living figures whose lives can challenge our own? What can we learn from their faith journeys? What would it be like to pray alongside them? Two lively spiritual directors take us into the world of the women of the Bible. Provoked by the desperation of the Canaanite woman, empowered by Mary's fiat, affirmed by the loyalty of Mary Magdalene and challenged by Ruth's fidelity, Doucet and Hebert enter into a new sisterhood with these active and contemplative holy women who emerge out of history. All of the stories link these holy women from the past with contemporary women, all of them longing after God's own heart.

A Faith That Frees

A Faith That Frees Author Richard G. Malloy
ISBN-10 IND:30000035120538
Release 2007
Pages 227
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Malloy speaks to all Catholics who are neither ideologically 'left' nor 'right', but simply seeking to understand and live the gospel in a world of confusion, violence and excess. He brings to life a Catholicism that does justice and a faith that forgives.

Living the Mysteries

Living the Mysteries Author Robert H. Hopcke
ISBN-10 0824521048
Release 2003
Pages 238
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"Living the Mysteries" is an intimate glimpse into the place this ancient devotion has in the lives of women and men today. Each of the 15 chapters are made up of stories and reflections from individuals who share important experiences of how the Rosary has touched their lives.