Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation  -     By: Ruth Haley Barton
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Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation

Inter-Varsity Press / 2006 / Hardcover

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Do you long for a deep, fundamental change in your life with God? Do you desire a greater intimacy with Him? Do you wonder how you might truly live your life as God created you to live it?

Spiritual disciplines are activities that open us to God's transforming love and the changes that only God can bring about in our lives. Picking up on the monastic tradition of creating a "rule of life" that allows for regular space for the practice of the spiritual disciplines, Sacred Rhythms takes you more deeply into understanding seven key disciplines along with practical ideas for weaving them into everyday life. Each chapter includes exercises to help you begin the practices---individually and in a group context. The final chapter puts it all together in a way that will help you arrange your life for spiritual transformation.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830833331
ISBN-13: 9780830833337
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Winner of a 2006 Logos Book Award! Do you long for a deep, fundamental change in your life with God? Do you desire a greater intimacy with God? Do you wonder how you might truly live your life as God created you to live it? Spiritual disciplines are activities that open us to God's transforming love and the changes that only God can bring about in our lives. Picking up on the monastic tradition of creating a "rule of life" that allows for regular space for the practice of the spiritual disciplines, this book takes you more deeply into understanding seven key disciplines along with practical ideas for weaving them into everyday life. Each chapter includes exercises to help you begin the practices--individually and in a group context. The final chapter puts it all together in a way that will help you arrange your life for spiritual transformation. The choice to establish your own sacred rhythm is the most important choice you can make with your life.

Author Bio

Ruth Haley Barton (DD, Northern Seminary) is founding president of the Transforming Center, a spiritual formation ministry to pastors and Christian leaders. A trained spiritual director (Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation), teacher and retreat leader, she has served on the pastoral staff of several churches, including Willow Creek Community Church. A sought-after teacher, preacher and consultant to leadership teams, she is currently adjunct professor of spiritual transformation at Northern Seminary. Educated at Wheaton College, Northern Seminary and Loyola University Chicago Institute for Pastoral Studies, Ruth is the author of numerous books and resources on the spiritual life, including and . She is also the author of an online resource titled spiritual guidance via e-mail. She contributes regularly to

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Christian spiritual disciplines are all the rage, and joining the legions of "how-to" books reintroducing contemporary Christians to ancient practices is this offering by Barton, a spiritual director and retreat leader (Invitation to Solitude and Silence). With elegant writing and a personal touch, she covers the basics handily-the role of desire and longing in relationship with God, praying with scripture, and the need for solitude, self-examination, discernment and Sabbath. She concludes with an exercise that helps one develop a "rule of life," or commitment to "structure and space for our growing." What makes Barton's handbook different from the rest is her personality; she describes the practices with the gentle touch of an understanding and knowing mystic, telling her own stories along the way. Barton recounts the time she and her bicycle were run over by a minivan (miraculously, she was not seriously hurt) and as she recuperated, she pondered whether this accident was a time to reconsider her need for Sabbath: "I did not want to acknowledge the possibility that it was that hard for God to get my attention." This book is a wonderful starting point for Christians eager to more deeply explore the life of the Spirit. (Mar. 30) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

"[Barton] describes the practices with the gentle touch of an understanding and knowing mystic."
"Ruth Haley Barton offers much wise, sane, concrete help for people who are ready for the 'more' of God amidst their busy lives, and want a better way to arrange their lives to receive God's transforming presence. She clearly spells out an excellent rhythm of classical spiritual practices that can keep us open and available to God's transforming actions in and among us. She grounds these practices in our own deepest desires, connecting those desires with God's desire for our well-being. She shares some of her own personal experiences as a sometimes struggling Christian in an honest and inspiring way. She gives very helpful guidelines for using the book within a group of people who are seeking to create better conditions in their lives to receive God's transforming presence.

I think this book will be of enormous value to individuals and groups who are seeking to more fully ground all dimensions of their often fragmented and hectic daily lives in the liberating ground of God's transforming presence, with the help of a rhythm of vital spiritual practices that can keep us available to that loving presence."
"Our natural tendency is to push, work longer and strive. In a kind, compelling and beautiful voice Ruth Haley Barton invites us to listen to an inner pulse that can be heard only when we are quiet. The path is one that Ruth has walked with honesty and integrity. The fruit of her labor is a sweet call to know our lives need not be harried or harbor fruitless exhaustion."
"Ruth Barton confirms what you've suspected—there is more to life than what most of us are living. This volume serves as a great primer for helping us get in touch with and follow our longings—all the way to God!"
"Too many people are suffering with CFS (Christian Fatigue Syndrome). Ruth Haley Barton is herself a CFS survivor, and she shares here—in a warm and personal yet lucid and thoughtful writing style—how she has been restored to life's sacred rhythms. My experience mirrors hers, and I will enthusiastically recommend this book widely—both as preventative medicine and as needed therapy."

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A valuable guide
    September 19, 2011
    PastorD
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    Our women's covenant group used the Sacred Rhythms DVD and participant's guide as our introduction to Spiritual disciplines. We are using the book to further guide and teach us as we practice and implement these disciplines. We have been blessed by the teachings and God's gifting of Ruth Haley Barton.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    a deeper walk
    November 4, 2010
    Pam Rush
    I read this book on my own and went through it quite slowly because of the depth of it. It really spoke to my longing for a deeper walk with the Lord, a desire to hear his voice and to experience His peace in everyday life. I can't say enough about this book. I loved it!! I plan to read through it again to really incorporate these spiritual practices into my life. I would also like to do it as a study with my close girlfriends. I would not recommend it for a large group, as it lends itself to an intimate setting. If you have a longing for more of Christ in your life, and to know what it is to walk in the spirit, this book will help you. It's not about striving, or 'doing' devotions, it's about getting quiet with God and resting in his presence.
  3. Huron, OH
    Age: 45-54
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    great book to deepen your oneness with God
    November 4, 2010
    Sand
    Huron, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    A great book that breaks down in steps how to deepen your relationship with Christ, how to open yourself up to him and create a new Rhythm between you and Him that works for YOU, perfect for anyone in any walk of life, any stage of their spiritual development.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 22, 2008
    Becky Bjork
    From the first page, I felt the author understood the "busyness" of my work, family and church schedule. She provides disciplines that I could easily incorporate into my day. These calmed me during a time of difficult decisions and helped me to strengthen my relationship with God.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 17, 2007
    Megen Dowlen
    Get ready to draw closer to Christ! If you are "stuck in a rut" and want to have a stronger communication with the Lord and hear His voice, this book will truly revitalize your relationship with God. This book has drawn me closer to God and opened my heart to listen to Him in new ways. I read this in a small group study, but you can easily read it on your own.
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