Simple Faith: Moving Beyond Religion to Grow in Your Relationship with God  -     By: Margaret Silf
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Simple Faith: Moving Beyond Religion to Grow in Your Relationship with God

Loyola Press / 2011 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 80
Vendor: Loyola Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 X 0.18 (inches)
ISBN: 0829436235
ISBN-13: 9780829436235
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For many people, faith is based on creeds, doctrine, and head knowledge. It's about mastering the "facts" and having the "right" answers. But best-selling author Margaret Silf believes that faith is not about mastery but about mystery, and that living in that mystery allows us to properly shift our focus from religion to relationship—a relationship with the Divine.

In Simple Faith, Silf encourages us to rethink many of the teachings on faith that may be holding us back from the joy and freedom that can be found only in a meaningful experience of God. Through her thought-provoking, even surprising, answers to common questions about faith—Is it true that God is love? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why did Jesus have to die?&mash;she advocates radically simple yet profound beliefs that are based in a new, liberating understanding of faith itself.

Ultimately, Simple Faith, moves us beyond the complexities of conventional religion and clears the path for us to grow in a life-changing relationship with God.

Author Bio

Margaret Silf is a popular retreat director and the author of many books, including The Other Side of Chaos, Inner Compass, and Close to the Heart.

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 "This resource, which fits in poclet or purse, is filled with useful insights and practical ideas for deepening our relationship with God day by day."
- Carol Blank, WritingWorks

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  1. PA
    Age: 35-44
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Full of uplifting & challenging encouragements
    August 12, 2012
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    PA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    In "Simple Faith: Moving beyond religion as you know it to grow in your relationship with God," author Margaret Silf invites each reader into self-examination, to reclaim and deepen faith. This slim volume contains 15 short chapters with reflection questions. The questions are ideal for a private journal, for self-study purposes, and also would work well in a worship-sharing or small group setting. Silf writes from a Christian perspective and includes reflections on Jesus and Gospel stories; however, several of the chapters would be relevant for any reader, regardless of faith tradition.

    The call to embrace the mystery of God resonated with me. I, too, believe that "the idea of God will always lie beyond the grasp of limited, time-bound human minds." One experiential definition of faith is trusting in this Mystery, in that which we cannot see, even when wounds, confusion, and disappointments are part of life's journey.

    Most of all, I appreciated that Silf lifted up the impact that our daily choices can have on deepening our sense of connection to our Creator and to one another. She encourages us to spend our time for the greater good, and to place God at the center. She writes, "Your choices can tip the scales of humanity a little bit more toward goodness and truth, if that is your desire."

    In addition to writing, Silf is a retreat director, and she has a gift for language that prompts one to turn to the Inner Guide. Indeed, this book would make a fine companion for an at-home, self-guided retreat. In "Simple Faith," it is clear that asking questions can deepen one's faith and clarify one's commitment to pursuing goodness.

    This review previously appeared on my wordpress blog, lighttoreadby.
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