Are you seeking a quiet place or time for silence in your busy life? This unique guide will help you make a personal retreat in the Christian tradition, either at home or away, alone or with others, teaching you essential skills for finding God's presence, guided spiritual exercises for your time on retreat, and advice on readjusting afterwards.
For the heart that longs for communion with Christ... For the soul that thirsts for intimacy with its Creator... For the man or woman in search of a living relationship with the Living God... Meditation and contemplative prayer have been described as the best-kept secrets in the church. Introducing this ancient spiritual discipline and applying it to the needs of busy contemporary people, Into God’s Presence helps readers bring the gentle rhythms of grace into a twenty-four/seven world. From one-minute meditations for hectic days to contemplating Scripture for spiritual insight, readers will discover a wide range of practices for creating a deeper intimacy with God in their daily prayer life. Into God’s Presence offers simple and accessible ways to communicate with God in prayer every day, encouraging readers to integrate the timeless practice of meditative prayer into modern life. This delightful book on meditation is a timely reminder of our need to be still before God, in order to hear from him. – Fiona Castle Liz Babbs book gives a friendly and approachable introduction to Christian meditation, and will stimulate many to venture into an enriching and rewarding new journey with Jesus Christ. -- Rev Dr Rob Frost I’ve enjoyed all Liz’s books, but this one beats them all! She manages to make the mysterious and complex subjects of contemplative prayer, Christian meditation and knowing God intimately seem easy and possible even for a busy ‘Martha’ like me! – Jennifer Rees Larcombe
A wide-ranging book that will make churches re-think the way they engage young people in worship. A must for every church youthworker, covering creative approaches to liturgy, new forms of worship, and spirituality.
Holidays with Sundae: Conversations with My Cat invites you to experience the delight of conversations with a cat. Pet owners understand that their furry companions have the power of communication, but Sundae actually speaks with her "owner". Through the conversations between Sundae and James, this cat becomes as real a character as any person we know. As a thinker and critic of the human condition, Sundae's feline perspective might surprise you. Sundae becomes a mirror in which we can examine ourselves. James T. Baker brings us into the conversation with Sundae using holidays as the springboard for their dialogue. Each holiday, thoroughly familiar to all of us, is introduced in a completely different perspective as Sundae questions why humans participate in such activities. Sundae leaves us to wonder why we did not already think of each holiday in the fresh-eyed and reverent way a cat might view our festive and reflective times. On April Fool's Day, for example, James plays a horrid prank on his companion by telling Sundae there is no more cat food in the house. Sundae decides she will positively die with hunger should she go a few hours without her food bowl full. As James reveals his prank on the unsuspecting cat, Sundae quickly turns the tables on her "owner" by pulling off an April Fool's joke of her own. Needless to say, cat "owners" will instantly identify with Sundae's particular wit and wisdom as her and James converse throughout the year. Pet owners have long known that our animals are as much a part of our family as any human members. Holidays with Sundae: Conversations with My Cat will remind you of that seemingly simple concept should you have ever forgotten.
Release on 2001-09-01 | by Susan J. R.N. Zonnebelt-Smeenge, Ed.D,Robert C. De Vries
Handling Grief on Holidays and Special Occasions
Author: Susan J. R.N. Zonnebelt-Smeenge, Ed.D,Robert C. De Vries
Pubpsher: Baker Books
Losing a loved one--whether a spouse, parent, child, sibling, or friend--leaves people feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. Holidays and other special occasions seem to intensify the pain. Whether the occasion is Christmas or Easter, a birthday or anniversary, these celebrations force the bereaved to again face the reality of a loved one's absence. Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge and Robert C. De Vries know firsthand the sorrow of bereavement: Both lost a spouse. Yet as they faced their pain and gleaned insights from their professions--Susan is a psychologist, Robert, a minister--they found renewed richness on special days that once brought heartache. In The Empty Chair, the authors share a comforting blend of emotional support, spiritual guidance, and personal experience to help readers honor their loved one on important days. Those who support the bereaved--mental-health professionals, pastors, funeral home staff, and others--will also appreciate this book for its reflective yet practical approach.