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|Format: DRM Free ePub|
Vendor: IVP Books
|Publication Date: 2013|
That's what God wants, Leighton Ford discovered. It's the path to becoming like Christ.
Distractions and fear and busyness were keeping Ford from seeing God's work in and around him. He was missing God. So he began a journey of longing and looking for God. And it started with paying attention.
In these pages, he invites you to journey with him. Using the rich tradition of praying the hours, Ford will walk with you, helping you pay attention to God's work in you and around you throughout each day and in different seasons of your life.
If you're busy, distracted, rushing through each day, you might be feeling disconnected from God, unable to see how he's working. You might be missing him. But the way toward him starts with a pause and a prayer--with intention and attention--and becomes a way of life, awake and alive to the peaceful, powerful presence of God.
Ford examines how distractions of our post-modern world rob us of the time we spend with God. Through this easy-flowing book, he leads one into the practice of attentiveness, pointing out that the best and deepest things of life come through attentive waiting. Appropriate for both new Christians and those of long-time faith.
This book will take more than one reading to absorb its richness. Personal illustrations, an abundance of thought-provoking quotes, and memorable object lessons make this a book that may become a contemporary classic.
"A spirit of ecumenism informs Ford's gracefully written guide to thoughtful prayer and attentiveness to God's voice."
"Awakening is a central metaphor for the spiritual life. In a compelling voice that comes from years of spiritual journeying, Leighton Ford shows us how to wake up and pay attention to the presence of God--through the hours of our days and the seasons of our lives."
"My heart sings when I realize that Leighton Ford's intelligent experience continues to look with longing for more. His attention keeps getting arrested by words, ideas, images, details of the natural and supernatural landscapes. . . . This book is a primer in how to respond actively to Jesus' challenge: 'Behold! Look! Listen! Take notice! There is still so much for you to discover.'"
"I thank God for The Attentive Life. It provides an antidote to the primary spiritual problem of our day: distraction. The Attentive Life is the mature reflections of one who has spent a lifetime walking in the way of Jesus."
"This is a book of such quiet beauty and deep simplicity it is difficult to describe. I was both pierced and healed by longing in the reading of it. The word soul is thrown around far too easily these days, but this book will touch the soul if you let it."
. . . A wonderfully compelling invitation to a life of prayer . . . Ford know how to share the "hours" with witful intelligence, charm and winsome conviction. This delightfully well-written book [will] provide any group with a host of insights, provocations, and layered viewpoints for discussion.
This book is special. It stretches the soul and makes "everything a prayer."
Filled with examples of those who "paid attention," Ford's evangelical bona fides are unquestionable and well worth reading.
Using the richt tradition of praying the hours, Ford will walk with you, helping you pay attention to God's work in you and around you throughout each day and in different seasons of your life.
The Attentive Life chronicles [Ford's] new desire to "be attentive" and more deeply nurture a viable set of practices that facilitate such spiritual intimacy with God. The Attentive Life is a perfect example of the kinds of things the Formatio line is about. We highly recommend it.
"Those who appreciate contemplative, gentle, insightful focus into the spiritual life will enjoy this partly autobiographical work."
"Ford expresses in an almost poetic manner the peace that comes with the continual observation of and attentiveness to the presence of God."
"[A] distinctly Protestant addition to the tradition of monastic spirituality."
GrpLdrAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Wonderful TapestryApril 27, 2014GrpLdrAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Leighton Ford masterfully weaves his experiences in learning about and observing the hours of prayer into a map anyone can follow for journeying deeper in discovering what is in one's own heart and in preparing one's heart to receive God. He calls us to pay attention to God and to pay attention to ourselves. He draws parallels between the hours and practices of prayers and the days and seasons of our lives. He contrasts those threads with the threads of activity and rest in our lives. He invites the reader to do more than admire the intricacy of the map, but to step into the map and begin the journey for oneself. The book is a guide to which the reader can refer as needed along the way.
canadian zooeyCanada5 Stars Out Of 5excellent antidote to crazy cultureJune 6, 2012canadian zooeyCanadaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As a lifelong lover of words, this is one of the most beautiful, brilliant books I've read. It's also among the best antidotes out there to the neurotic, hyperactivity of most of modern, ahem, 'culture'. Reading it is to rest in and learn from the stillness, depth, clarity, gentle humour and high perspective of its author, Dr. Leighton Ford.
"Often we keep ourselves busy and distracted because we fear that if we slow down and are still, we may look inside and find nothing there," sums up his cultural critique.
In a section entitled 'One Who Paid Attention: C.S. Lewis Looking Along a Beam', Ford writes of Lewis's realization of "two ways of looking at life: looking at the dancing and moving events, the happenings and surroundings of each day, and looking 'sideways' so to speak, 'along the beam' to see not only what is happening but why, and what it is that gives meaning to the happenings of our lives." We need to both look 'at' and 'along' the beams each and every day, Ford encourages us.
He blames French philosopher RenÃ© Descartes for bedevilling us with dualism: the idea of a division between mind and matter.
"Many of us now assume," he writes, "that knowledge is either 'scientific' and based on facts or 'mystical' and based on fancy, and never the twain shall meet."
Again he brings in my most favourite author on the planet, C.S. Lewis, to provide the counterargument: "God must have loved material things: after all, He made them!"
Ford writes that he hopes "this book will help us to pay close attention both to the beams that surround us and the Source that upholds us, in such a way that time and eternity, this world and the next, are always intersecting." In other well-chosen words, "that not just the experiments of the scientist or the intuitions of the mystic will save us and transform this world."
JulesHuntsville, ON, CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Help for the 'second journey'November 17, 2011JulesHuntsville, ON, CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I enjoyed Leighton's description of his own 'second journey' using the observation of 'hours' as a daily marker and also a life passage marker of being attentive to and interacting with the presence of our very intimate, personal God. It gave me lots of opportunities to be reflective of my own life as I venture on my 'second journey'. It's great to walk the journey with other people of faith like Leighton.
Anne Wenger5 Stars Out Of 5July 14, 2009Anne WengerIf you have found that your life is so full of activity that your attention is habitually divided and you can be easily distracted, this book will give you practical helps to learn to pay attention. That will influence your personal relationships, beginning with the most foundational one with God Himself. It was recommended to me, and I will definitely recommend it to others. It may not interest anyone who is not ready to focus on that which is of greatest value in life.
Cathie Sutfin5 Stars Out Of 5August 29, 2008Cathie SutfinLeighton Ford must have been writing this book for me personally. I have been sharing his quotes and observations with other Christians, especially with my prayer and study groups. I first found "The Attentive Life" at my local library and quickly found I needed my own copy to contain my homework. Praying the hours is just what I needed to focus my attention on God's work in my life right now. I'm trying to find a way to incorporate this book as part of a study for my Women of Spirit group. I was unfamiliar with Leighton Ford but will probably seek out some of his other writings.
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