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?
- Sexual Fulfillment
- The Roots of the Spiritual Practice of Solitude
- Body and Soul
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.
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