Deeply Loved: 40 Ways in 40 Days to Experience the Heart of JesusKeri Wyatt KentAbingdon Press / 2012 / Trade Paperback$13.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews
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Susy FloryNorthern CaliforniaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A few moments of deep spiritualityNovember 27, 2012Susy FloryNorthern CaliforniaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've recently switched over from drinking tea to having mochas in the morning. Quick, delicious, satisfying, and energizing. That's how I think of this book, Deeply Loved. Somehow Keri Kent has a way of taking very deep, complicated subjects and breaking them into bite-sized pieces that make sense, are easy to read, savor, and digest, and yet compel me to action. Deeply Loved has 40 chapters, to be read one a day. Each chapter centers on an approach to experiencing the heart of Jesus, along with one action point called "Presence Practice" (with one little check box next to it). One of my favorite chapters so far was Chapter 5, "Waking," about waking up and making your first thought about Jesus. Keri writes this: "I realized a while ago that an extra sixty seconds or so to simply swim to the surface of consciousness was time well spent. The best way to start your day is to just take a moment to breathe, and to focus, and to give the day to the one who gave it to you: Jesus." Then she tells you how to actually do this. "As you are lying or sitting in your bed, just think about Jesus. If it helps, imagine him perched at the foot of your bed. Remind yourself that he's been by your bedside all night, just waiting for you to awaken and greet him. Say, 'Good morning, Lord.'" I love that. So easy to do, but I need something like Deeply Loved to remind me to do it. Getting closer to God is something most of us crave but there are so many confusing and competing ideas out there that it's paralyzing. This book cuts through the confusion and gives me one thing to think about, and do, each day to experience the Divine. Keri's books are knowledgeable, well-researched, but clear and practical without being simple. Reading one is almost like sitting down with a spiritual mentor or director for a few moments of deep spirituality.