AARP Falling Upward

A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

Author: Richard Rohr

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118248015

Category: Self-Help

Page: 240

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Falling Upward

A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life -- A Companion Journal

Author: Richard Rohr

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118428536

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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A valuable new companion journal for the best-selling FallingUpward In Falling Upward, Fr. Richard Rohr seeks to help readersunderstand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show themthat those who have fallen, failed, or "gone down" are the onlyones who understand "up." The Companion Journal helps thosewho have (and those who have not) read Falling Upward to engagemore deeply with the questions the book raises. Using a blend ofquotes, questions for individual and group reflection, stories, andsuggestions for spiritual practices, it provides a wise guide fordeepening the spiritual journey. . . at any time of life. Explains why the second half of life can and should be full ofspiritual richness Offers tools for spiritual growth and greater understanding ofthe ideas in Falling Upward Richard Rohr is a regular contributing writer forSojourners and Tikkun magazines This important companion to Falling Upward is anexcellent tool for exploring the counterintuitive messages of howwe grow spiritually.

Eager to Love

The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi

Author: Richard Rohr

Publisher: Franciscan Media

ISBN: 1616367024

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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Richard Rohr focuses his attention on all frames and doorways to the divine—the alternative way of Francis of Assisi. Francis of Assisi, one of the most beloved of all saints, was at once very traditional and entirely revolutionary in the ways of holiness. As a standing paradox, he both stood barefoot on the earth and yet touched the heavens; he was grounded in the church and yet instinctively moved toward the cosmos; he lived happily inside the visible and tangible, and yet both suffered and rejoiced in the invisible. Rohr places the tradition as first practiced by Francis, and subsequently by others, within a context for the uninitiated audience. This is not a historical accounting, but rather a perspective about how the alternative orthodoxy can deepen spiritual life for anyone, whether Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, secular, or spiritual seeker. Eager to Love is grounded in the Gospels, the prophets, a broad blend of psychology and theology, and in literature and art, to continue to communicate through all the sources that articulate specific alternative ways of understanding God with us.

An Open Place

The Ministry of Group Spiritual Direction

Author: Marlene Kropf,Daniel P. Schrock

Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 0819228168

Category: Religion

Page: 211

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This book responds to that challenge. It outlines ways that a diverse and ecumenical group of spiritual directors worked to initiate groups in multiple contexts. It examines the many variables—among directors, directees, even meeting spaces—that affect an

Backpacking with the Saints

Wilderness Hiking as Spiritual Practice

Author: Belden C. Lane

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199394172

Category: Religion

Page: 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.

Traveling on Grace Street

Author: Jeff Blake

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 148367097X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 91

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Traveling on Grace Street The most important lesson I have learned in the fifty years I have spent working toward the building of a better world is that the true work of social transformation starts within. It begins inside your own heart and mind. Thus, to truly revolutionize our society, we must first revolutionize ourselves. Its been a long journey, all the way from stepping off a cotton farm in Alabama to the epicenter of the struggle for civil rights in America. Some days when I go to my office in the early morning and look out over the great monuments beyond the Capitol, I think, How could this be? How could a poor boy from Alabama have lived such a life? I tell you, it has been the grace of God. Jeff Blake, a brother from Alabama, has written the story of grace in his own journey, and I am pleased to commend his Traveling on Grace Street to you. He too has been in the struggle. He too has kept his eye on the prize. John Lewis United States Congressman Atlanta, Georgia

Monks in the World

Seeking God in a Frantic Culture

Author: William Thiele

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630878499

Category: Religion

Page: 236

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In this moving spiritual memoir, Dr. William Thiele shares inspiring stories of the birthing of a monastery without walls among everyday women and men around New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Along the way, core contemplative attitudes, practices, and principles were discovered. He offers these stories of birthing a School for Contemplative Living as a challenging call to a frantic and polarized world. Readers will be drawn toward their own spiritual transformation as they encounter imperfect monks with messy lives who are practicing God's presence and learning to serve the world from that presence. He encourages readers to join these monks in the world by forming contemplative communities who radiate loving-kindness as their first priority.

Your Faithful Brain: Designed for so Much More!

Author: Dr. Leonard Matheson

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1490858598

Category: Religion

Page: 274

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Do you want more out of life? In Your Faithful Brain, Dr. Matheson introduces several powerful brain capacities that can be harnessed through an active relationship with God. You can take advantage of these capacities by developing a “faithful brain”. Using more than four hundred recent neuroscientific references, Dr. Matheson makes the case for the life and teaching of Jesus as your optimal path to brain health and fitness. Dr. Matheson explains how to handle anxiety, depression, and trauma and move toward Jesus’ promise of “life to the full”. You will experience hope and joy and peace as you grow beyond your circumstances. Thought-provoking and exciting, Your Faithful Brain aligns neuroscience with the Biblical narrative of redemption. Faith and neuroscience belong together, because your spiritual and physical lives must be integrated to optimize health and longevity.

Living Into the Mystery

Author: Kelli Summers Sorg

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1490852247

Category: Religion

Page: 134

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Living into the Mystery combines the wit and wisdom of life experience and spiritual adventures in a series of letters that answer questions about faith and doubt, creativity, commitment, and community. Letter-writing is a lost art. Collected here are the letters of a compassionate pastor to the people who ask her questions in the strangest of places—from airplanes to barnyards. “Arising from a pastor’s heart, these letters give voice to the struggles of the spirit and offer insight as well as compassion. I found myself thinking of the times I wished I had written similar things to similar questioners. These letters provide fertile reflection for pilgrims in every stage of the spiritual journey.” Thomas M. Greener, DMin Pastor, Camp Ground UMC Fayetteville, North Carolina