In Coming Home to Your True Self, Albert Haase invites you to return home--and shows you the way to get there. Using the story of the prodigal son to illustrate the far country of the false self and the way back home to your true self in Christ, Haase introduces you to the spiritual disciplines that can help you find the path to the Father.
"God is at home. It is we who have gone out for a walk." --Meister Eckhart In Coming Home to Your True Self, Albert Haase invites you to return home--and shows you the way to get there. "Home," he writes, "is the sacrament of the present moment. It is only living right now, right here, that we discover our lives and this world awash in the grace of God." Using the story of the prodigal son to illustrate the far country of our false self and the way back home to our true self in Christ, Haase introduces us to the spiritual disciplines that can help us find the path home to the Father. Rich with insights from Haase's experience as a spiritual director, this is a book for the weary, the lost, the regretful and guilty--essentially, a book for us all. No matter how long you've walked, God is still home.
Albert Haase, O.F.M. (Ph.D., Fordham University; M.Div., Catholic Theological Union), is a preacher, retreat leader and spiritual director based in the Chicago area. He serves as the director of the International Institute for Clergy Formation (Seton Hall University). He has also taught as an adjunct professor of spirituality at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois, and offers training in spiritual direction for the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois. He is the cohost of a weekly radio show on the Relevant Radio network, and a former missionary to mainland China.
M. Robert Mulholland Jr. (ThD, Harvard Divinity School) is emeritus professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is pastor of Shirley Community Church in Shirley Mills, Maine, and the author of several books, including , , and the landmark spiritual formation book . Mullholland has written many papers and several books on spiritual formation. During his extensive academic career, Mulholland served as adjunct professor at the Academy for Spiritual Formation and taught at several seminaries and universities around the world, including Wesley Theological Seminary, Harvard University, McMurry University, Moscow Evangelical Christian Seminary (Moscow, Russia), West Africa Theological Seminary (Lagos, Nigeria) and Baltic Mission Center Theological Seminary (Tallinn, Estonia). An elder in the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church, Mulholland is a frequent speaker at Bible and spiritual renewal conferences. Active in church activities, he has held rural, recreational, inner-city and suburban pastorates. He and his wife, Lynn, have two children.
"Haase's book provides a wonderful frame for the spiritual journey, a very helpful summary and collection of wisdom from the Christian tradition, as well as examples from Haase's own spiritual direction practice. Here is a book for the troubled, the lost, the weary, the regretful, the guilty, and the hopefulall who are longing to come home and to be at home with God, themselves, and others."
"Haase is a wise and winsome guide for the spiritual life and his book is a helpful companion for the journey of coming home to the true self."
"Highly recommended for anyone who longs for a deeper relationship with God and his/her neighbor."
"Haase very skillfully and with great reader friendliness offers today's Christ followers a lovely, gently presented compilation of ancient spiritual traditions written in contemporary style. Extremely practical and inspirational, readers from all walks and stages in the spiritual walk will find this material refreshing and instructional."
"'Home is where the heart is' would be a good tag line for this collection of sage, prayerful advice from Franciscan author Haase."
"It occurred to me while reading this lovely book that Albert Haase is a wise and seasoned Christian man. It comes through in page after page. This book is informed, insightful and practical, everything you want a book on spirituality to be. Haase knows the subject so well that he writes from the inside, making it simple and clear. Coming Home to Your True Self made me want to do what the title saysfind my true self in God. But more than that, it helped me make progress to that end."
"I believe Coming Home to Your True Self will be a significant blessing for those who hunger for a genuine spiritual journey."
"Albert Haase has captured the simple essence of the spiritual life in this readable treatment that flows easily from Jesus' parable of the prodigal son. Illustrating his points with lively personal stories, Fr. Haase illuminates such classical spiritual terms as detachment, discernment and penance, making them live for the modern reader. He draws deeply on the teaching of Jesus and shows us how to 'come home' to our true selves. A fine guidebook for those who long for a deeper relationship with the Lord."
"This is practical and profound spiritual guidance! If we do not clarify some of these foundational issues, there will be no real flourishing in our search for God. Albert Haase makes very substantial ideas readable, personal and even adventuresome. What a good Franciscan!"
"Franciscan Albert Haase has done it again. Coming Home to Your True Self will receive a . . . warm reception from his readers, since it is steeped in the mystical tradition of the West from the Christian Scriptures to the desert dwellers of Egypt, and then through the Franciscans and the Dominicans, especially Meister Eckhart, which is becoming so popular with those seeking God in journeys of faith and love. It is highly recommended to all who seek the one thing necessary."
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