Awakening the Quieter Virtues  -     By: Gregory Spencer
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Big, colorful virtues like courage and decisiveness in crisis easily get our attention. But sometimes it's those everyday values that shape us much more profoundly.

Lost in our noisy, flashy, gaudy world are the quiet virtues that work behind the scenes--molding our character, guiding our actions, enriching our lives. Greg Spencer unfolds the beauty and nature of each, showing us how to take notice of discernment, innocence, generosity, authenticity and more.

In Awakening the Quieter Virtues book you'll discover how far from being dull these quieter virtues actually are. Though often hidden, discernment, innocence, authenticity, modesty, reverence, contentment, and generosity play crucially formative roles in who we become and what we do.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Inter-varsity Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830837353
ISBN-13: 9780830837359
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Big, colorful virtues like courage and decisiveness in crisis easily get our attention. But sometimes it's those everyday values that shape us much more profoundly. Lost in our noisy, flashy, gaudy world are the quiet virtues that work behind the scenes--molding our character, guiding our actions, enriching our lives. Greg Spencer unfolds the beauty and nature of each, showing us how to take notice of discernment, innocence, generosity, authenticity and more. In this book you'll discover how far from being dull these quieter virtues actually are. Though often hidden, they play a formative role in who we become and what we do.

Author Bio

Gregory H. Spencer (Ph.D., University of Oregon) is professor of communication studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where he has taught since 1987. A frequent speaker at various churches and college campuses around the country, he is also the author of , as well as two novels, and . He has been married to Janet for over thirty years, and they have three daughters in their twenties.

Endorsements

"Greg Spencer has written a brilliant book. Awakening the Quieter Virtues is an invitation to a deeper life with God. It leads us into the sanctuary of the soul where the noise and debris of everyday life are shut out and the love and power of God rush in. Dr. Spencer is not afraid to elevate everyday life as the proving ground of spiritual devotion. In fact, many of his illustrations arise directly from these experiences. That's what makes this book so alluring. But in drawing on our common experiences, he helps us find their deeper meaning and, in the process, discover the deeper beauty and meaning of our entire life. A must-read."
—Gayle D. Beebe,
President, Westmont College,
and Co-author of Longing for God

"This is a wonderful book--timely, engaging and sensible beyond measure. It inspires with hope while revealing our sad reliance on busyness as a substitute for being good and faithful persons. I recommend it highly."
—Quentin J. Schultze,
Calvin College

"Greg Spencer's weighty (and funny!) book shows how virtue, like still water, runs deep in ways our noisy culture--and noisy people--routinely miss. Awakening the Quieter Virtues perfectly embodies Chesterton's dictum that the loud things are usually 'small publicities,' no big deal, and that the quiet things are often 'gigantic secrets,' real treasures that when sought after will change your life. And he makes you laugh while he does it!"
—Ben Patterson,
Campus Pastor,
Westmont College

"In the past, I've turned to the writings of Foster and Eugene Peterson for wisdom and practical help in developing these 'quieter virtues.' I'll be putting Awakening the Quieter Virtues on the shelf right next to them."
—Paul Tokunaga,
Vice President and Director of Strategic Ministries,
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA

"Readable, lively, rich with biblical wisdom and cultural awareness, Awakening the Quieter Virtues will awaken readers to a fresh reflection on how to reclaim and revitalize the ancient notion of 'virtue' in a personal and pertinent way amid the noise and haste of a media-saturated world. Greg Spencer speaks with humility, humor and clarity--exemplary virtues that model the fruits of quiet time with Scripture, with students and with the Spirit that informs this deeply practical, encouraging book."
—Marilyn Chandler McEntyre,
Author of Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies

Publisher's Weekly

Virtue studies, and advocacy for the virtues, have deep roots in the Christian tradition. But in this volume, Spencer, a professor at Westmont College and author of A Heart for Truth, tries to take a fresh approach to the topic. His focus is on "offshoots" of the traditional virtues, including innocence, discernment, authenticity, modesty, generosity, contentment, and reverence. In a culture in which, argues the author, noisnd relativism, and technology threaten to overwhelm us, those "quieter virtues" may require a brave response. "We are to be fearless adventurers not fearful tightrope walkers," he writes. While he is solidly moored in the foundations of evangelical theology, Spencer takes a less didactic approach and is willing to engage questions around social justice and the effect of new media on Christian behavior. Those features may make this book appeal to a wider spectrum of readers. Discussion questions are helpful for either individual readers or for group study. (Aug.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

"Readable, lively, rich with biblical wisdom and cultural awareness, Awakening the Quieter Virtues will awaken readers to a fresh reflection on how to reclaim and revitalize the ancient notion of 'virtue' in a personal and pertinent way amid the noise and haste of a media-saturated world. Greg Spencer speaks with humility, humor and clarity--exemplary virtues that model the fruits of quiet time with Scripture, with students and with the Spirit that informs this deeply practical, encouraging book."
"In the past, I've turned to the writings of Foster and Eugene Peterson for wisdom and practical help in developing these 'quieter virtues.' I'll be putting Awakening the Quieter Virtues on the shelf right next to them."
"Greg Spencer's weighty (and funny!) book shows how virtue, like still water, runs deep in ways our noisy culture--and noisy people--routinely miss. Awakening the Quieter Virtues perfectly embodies Chesterton's dictum that the loud things are usually 'small publicities,' no big deal, and that the quiet things are often 'gigantic secrets,' real treasures that when sought after will change your life. And he makes you laugh while he does it!"
"This is a wonderful book--timely, engaging and sensible beyond measure. It inspires with hope while revealing our sad reliance on busyness as a substitute for being good and faithful persons. I recommend it highly."
"Greg Spencer has written a brilliant book. Awakening the Quieter Virtues is an invitation to a deeper life with God. It leads us into the sanctuary of the soul where the noise and debris of everyday life are shut out and the love and power of God rush in. Dr. Spencer is not afraid to elevate everyday life as the proving ground of spiritual devotion. In fact, many of his illustrations arise directly from these experiences. That's what makes this book so alluring. But in drawing on our common experiences, he helps us find their deeper meaning and, in the process, discover the deeper beauty and meaning of our entire life. A must-read."

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