Category Archives: Spirituality

When the Soul Listens, by Jan Johnson

When the Soul Listens: Finding Rest and Direction in Contemplative Prayer by Jan Johnson My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is the best book on contemplative prayer I’ve read. It’s hard to imagine a better one to recommend to … Continue reading

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Sacred Companions, by David Benner

This book is an exceptionally good introduction to the meaning of personal relationships that are called “spiritual friendship” and ” spiritual direction”. Good spiritual formation doesn’t happen well on a purely individual level. It’s important to have some trusted person(s) … Continue reading

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The Return of the Prodigal Son, by Henri Nouwen

This book must be among the best of Henri Nouwen’s writing. In it he gives some very deep and penetrating insight o the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) and its illustration in Rembrandt’s painting of the Return of … Continue reading

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Living Before God, by Ben Campbell Johnson

I’ve read many helpful books on spiritual formation in my seminary work, for other classes I have taken, and on my own. I have many more lined up to read. Few that I have read have been more helpful to … Continue reading

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Advent 2009

Bethel Church is putting together another Advent devotional calendar this year and again I was asked to contribute. This is my contribution. I’m looking forward to reading what others have written this year.

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“How did it go?”

I ended September and began October with a three day retreat at The Convent, the venue for a retreat and spiritual direction ministry called “Sustainable Faith” run by David and Jody Nixon. The building is a renovated convent on the … Continue reading

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Spiritual and Emotional Health

This is a very helpful book. Peter Scazzero draws from many different sources and presents their content in easily digestible form. The issues he deals with are very important ones for any Christian who wants to grow spiritually into the … Continue reading

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Lenten Reading

Looking for something to read for Lent? I found this one, Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter, in 2003 and I’m using it again this year. “For Breadth of scope and depth of insight nothing rivals this collection”, … Continue reading

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Hearing God, by Dallas Willard

Dallas Willard’s book, Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God, has the most practical, wise and biblically sound reading I have ever done on the subject of divine guidance. It’s a book worth reading over and again for those … Continue reading

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Christmas: It’s not over.

I never tire of reminding people that Christmas lasts twelve days and it takes all of Advent to prepare for it.  More each year I try to observe Advent in the old way, as a time of preparation for receiving … Continue reading

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