A young Christian writer presents a practical guide for reconnecting with God and practicing the presence of God in our frantically busy world today.
Our world is full of distractions that do not promote the health of individual souls. What can people do when they feel they have no time or ways to find God? In her new book ATTEND, Laura Davis Werezak reminds readers to encounter God through 40 brief everyday activities that they have been taking for granted, from opening a window to jotting down a dream. Modern life and technology increasingly render these activities obsolete, and readers who struggle to connect with God through "typical" devotions will discover depth in their everyday lives through each beautifully written exercise. Like the wisdom Brother Lawrence provided in his 17th century spiritual classic The Practice of the Presence of God,
these daily reminders guide readers to appreciate God in our midst today.
LAURA DAVIS WEREZAK received her MCS in Christianity and the Arts from Regent College in 2011. She is married and the mother of two daughters. She is at work on a spiritual memoir.
"Laura Davis Werezak writes thoughtfully about the difficulties and joys of establishing a spiritual practice amidst the many distractions of contemporary life. She explores her own experience together with reflections on Scripture and the rich literature of Christian spirituality, to create a clear-headed, sweet-tempered invitation into simple daily practices that can open us to the everyday wonder of 'God with Us.' I already have a list of people with whom I want to share this lovely book."Maxine Hancock, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Spiritual Theology at Regent College, Vancouver BC Canada
"Laura Davis Werezak's examination of simple practices is an invitation to see the entire world differently. Like the current books on mindfulness, Attend offers to help us to slow our bodies and hearts and 'practice the presence of the present.' But Werezak wants more than enriched lives: the exercises she suggests point us towards worship. Attend is a wise, beautiful, winsome call to sacramental living."Kurt Armstrong, Anglican lay minister and author of Why Love Will Always be a Poor Investment: Marriage and Consumer Culture
"Attend meets the reader in a safe place, but doesn't let us stay there. Laura gradually brings us out of our conformity to our comfort, and lets us try new experiences that elevate our view of God and allow us to see ourselves in a better light."Kevin Young, national director for Cru High School and author of Thirty Days to Connect to God's Heart: A Prime
"Attend is a book for the distracted and soul-weary. With gentleness and creativity, it invites us to stretch our bodies, our hearts, our minds in ways that open us to the world around us--and to the God who has already stretched toward us in Christ."Dr. Cynthia Wallace, assistant professor of English at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan and author Of Women Borne: A Literary Ethics of Suffering
"This is one of the few times someone has put into words the character of a relationship with a personal God that I can understand and into which I feel I could enter. Thank you."Emily Ganzer, minister's wife and mother in Toronto, ON
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