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In the hustle and bustle of modern life the word "solitude" may provoke a sigh of relief or the slight anxiety of being lonely. But what Dr. Kidder and other wise guides have found is that a major dimension of our spiritual lives is richly encountered in solitude. Married, happily single, recently divorced---all of us can learn that solitude offers a unique opportunity for personal growth and encounters with God. Topics include:
Solitude as a Spiritual Discipline
The Need for Space
Breathing in Unison
The Holy Longing for Connection
Don't You Believe in Love?
The Roots of the Spiritual Practice of Solitude
Body and Soul
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 192 Vendor: Crossroad Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.38 (inches) ISBN: 0824524446 ISBN-13: 9780824524449 Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.
In the hustle and bustle of modern life the word "solitude" may provoke a sigh of relief or the anxiety of loneliness. Dr. Kidder has found that a significant dimension of our spiritual lives is most deeply encountered in solitude. Married, single, or recently divorced -- all of us can find opportunities for solitude that offer a unique opportunity for personal growth and encounters with God. Themes include: romantic allure as a substitute for spirituality; the loner syndrome; cultural conditioning; coupling, co-habitation, and community; fear of loneliness; overachieving; the search for intimacy; the search for sexual fulfillment; Biblical roots; Jesus, the solitary person; Mary and the Annunciation; Mary Magdalene in the Gospels, the Gospel of Thomas, and the DaVinci Code; Augustine, Luther, and Calvin; evangelicalism; prayer, song, drama; spiritual direction; meditation; tending to the body; vows and covenants of temporary/long-term abstinence; and coping with opposition.