Ever feel like a marathon runner who's about to faint? Here's wisdom to help you go the distance! In this practical guide, you'll assess the current health of your soul, learn why spiritual wellness matters so much, and discover practical ways to restore life and vitality to your spirit as you deepen your connection with God. 96 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.
If we look at the spiritual life through the lens of a marathon, we will discover that many of us are nearing exhaustion. We may not be on the sidelines or stumbling noticeably, but we are dangerously low on reserves, running on fumes. We aren't sure that we've got what it takes to get to the end of the race. If you identify with the image of a fainting runner, then this book will come as refreshing water for your thirsty soul. You have been running hard, and you've run a long way. But the end is nowhere in sight, and it may be uphill from here. You are going to need some resources to get you there. Soul Care Resources are designed to be simple, but not simplistic, guides to maintaining or recovering the life and health of your soul, that essential personhood created by God as you. To do that, we'll do assessments to discern the current health of your soul. We'll reflect on the reasons why your soul's health matters so much. Finally, we'll explore practical ways to restore life and vitality to your soul through authentic connection with God as Father, Son and Spirit--one step at a time. There are four sections in this guide divided into five subparts. You can go through a part each day, covering the whole book in the course of four weeks. The material is flexible if you want to work in longer or shorter chunks of time. At the end of each section is group discussion material that you can use if you are meeting with a small group or a spiritual friend. Also available in the Soul Care Resources series is Spiritual Friendship. This guide will allow you to explore specific ways to care for your soul in companionship with others. Are you ready to recover your reserves?
Mindy Caliguire is founder and president of Soul Care®, a spiritual formation ministry. She serves as the director of transformation ministry for the Willow Creek Association. Mindy is a frequent speaker and retreat leader, working with groups such as the Spiritual Formation Alliance. Her books include (with Sharon Soneff) and (with Jeff Caliguire).
"For many years I have enjoyed a soul-nurturing friendship with Mindy Caliguire, so I know she lives out the truths she writes about. I am delighted that her passion and practical wisdom will find an increasing audience."
"Today the interior life of vast numbers is empty, parched, dry. And the reason? In our daily, desperate scramble of panting feverishness we have never so much as considered the health of our soul. This is why Mindy Caliguire's Soul Care Resources are so valuable and so timely for the contemporary scene. They are practical, well-grounded, wise books that help us cultivate a life of robust soul-health. I recommend Soul Care Resources highly."
"Please hear me out: Plan a retreat today, plan on taking this book, and plan on experiencing God's gracious care anew. Take your time, avoid the rush, just sit and read and listen and commune with God. You will find that opening yourself to God heals the soul. You will find the friendship of God."
"Mindy Caliguire knows and cares about the deep things of the soul. She's been there. And she can be a wise guide here for you."