Invitation to Solitude and Silence : Experiencing God's Transforming Presence

ISBN-10: 0830823867
ISBN-13: 9780830823864
Edition: 2004
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Description: Winner of a Christianity Today 2005 Book Award!To seek to fill a book with words about moving beyond words into solitude and silence is a daunting task; it is laughable really, if one sees the irony in it all. I have found myself . . . drawn to the  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 1/9/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 144
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Winner of a Christianity Today 2005 Book Award!To seek to fill a book with words about moving beyond words into solitude and silence is a daunting task; it is laughable really, if one sees the irony in it all. I have found myself . . . drawn to the task and yet somehow strangely resistant. On the one hand, I have been drawn to the task because my journey into solitude and silence has been the single most meaningful aspect of my spiritual life to date. . . . On the other hand, I am aware of the continuing challenge solitude and silence represent in my own life. Even though it has been well over ten years since I first said yes to God's invitations to enter more intentionally into these disciplines, I still find it challenging to protect space for these times apart which so deeply satisfy the empty places of my soul.Ruth Haley Barton describes how she has discovered the real presence of God--the God who is present through the practice of solitude and silence. Her book invites you to meet God deeply and fully outside the demands and noise of daily life. It is a call to the adventure of spiritual transformation--an adventure that will lead you to freedom and authenticity, allowing you to become the person God created you to be.In Invitation to Solitude and Silence Barton offers spiritual guidance for your journey, helping you to hear God's call more clearly and showing you concrete ways to say yes. Chapter by chapter she combines teaching and reflection on different aspects of the journey with activities and disciplines that will help you to practice solitude and silence. Barton offers the prophet Elijah as a biblical guide for your journey. And she offers her own perspective to help you understand the ups and downs you might experience along the way.The beauty of a true invitation is that you really do have a choice. You can say yes or no. God is waiting for you to respond to him from the depths of your desire for relationship, belonging and transformation. Will you say yes?

Foreword
Gratitudes
Introduction
First Kings 19:1-19
Beyond Words
Beginnings
Resistance
Dangerously Tired
Rest for the Body
Rest for the Mind
Rest for the Soul
Emptiness
Facing Ourselves
Pure Presence
Receiving Guidance
For the Sake of Others
Appendix
Sources
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