Most Christians want to experience spiritual transformation. But many are frustrated by the limited progress of our spiritual self-improvement efforts. We find our praying burdened by a sense of obligation and failure. But prayer is not merely something we do; prayer is what God does in us. Prayer is not just communication with God; it is communion with God. As we open ourselves to him, God does the spiritual work of transformation in us. Spiritual director David Benner invites us to discover openness to God as the essence of prayer, spirituality and the Christian life. Prayer is far more than saying words to God; all of life can be prayer when offered to God in faith and with openness. Using the four movements of lectio divina, Benner explores prayer as attending, pondering, responding and being. Along the way he opens us to a world of possibilities for communion with God: praying with our senses, with imagination, with music and creativity, in contemplation, in service and much more. Learn how prayer can be a way of living your life. Move beyond words to become not merely someone who prays, but someone whose entire life is prayer in union with God.
David G. Benner
Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The image Benner creates in this book is the desire God has to bring us into constant awareness of His presence and deep communion to Him. Our lack of awareness of His nearness is due to our being fearful or otherwise unwilling to open ourselves to Him. he has already revealed His deep desire to be come near to us through His atoning sacrifice. Benner describes the practice of Lectio Divina as a discipline that will help one open to God's presence. Overall, I found this book to be quite uplifting and refreshing. It is a wonderful book for personal spiritual encouragement. It would be well suited for a small group discussion guide, or a message series on personal spiritual growth and learning to walk with the Lord. I would highly recommend it.
For anyone who has felt that her or his way of praying isn't quite good enough, this is a wonderfully liberating book. The author offers a taxonomy of styles and kinds of prayer, all in the context of the idea that it is the intention of openness to God that is important, not the form. This is an encouraging gift for those experienced n the life of prayer and beginners alike.
I'm about halfway thru this (reading for a spiritual direction program) and find that while it is decidedly Trinitarian Christian in orientation, there is much that as a UU ministerial candidate I can use with the congregants I will be guiding as well as for my own use. I like Benner's notion of living prayer rather than that it somehow a discrete activity one does.
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