GodSpace: Embracing the Inconvenient Adventure of Intimacy with God - eBook
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Publication Date: 2017
Think you don't have time or space for spiritual stuff? That intimacy with God is impossible?
Here's how-in the life you already live-you can make time and space for God.
GODSPACE offers seven practices that help busy Christians pay attention to God. They help us align our sometimes messy daily lives with our spirituality. And they strengthen our most important relationships, giving our lives meaning, significance, and purpose.
It's not holding a set of beliefs, reading the Bible, going to church, or even praying that determines how we connect with God. It's our pace of life. When we live hurried and distracted lives, we miss the chance to experience the intimacy we desire with God.
Experience God more deeply and live more joyfully by exploring these seven spiritual practices:
- Critical thinking
With abundant wit, humorous anecdotes, and authentic sharing of her own joys and struggles, KERI WYATT KENT guides us toward a deeper and more meaningful faith in the midst of our overcrowded, cluttered lives. A lay pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, where she has been a member for thirty years, Kent is the author of eleven books. She speaks at events and retreats around the country. Learn more at www.keriwyattkent.com.
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bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Living faith in daily lifeSeptember 7, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I've gone to retreats, expecting to be spiritually transformed. I've participated in classes and small groups, expecting to end up more like Christ. After having been a spiritual formation teacher and writer for years, Kent has come to realize that it is not those events that change us the most. Rather, it is what we do in daily life that forms us the most. Kent explores how she has come to have moments of encountering the holy, what she calls life lived in the GodSpace.
The first practice she writes about is Sabbath. I like how Kent explains that this practice is trusting God for provision. I like that Sabbath is so much more than rest. It is community. It is doing what brings us joy. It is time for life giving activities.
Next is hospitality, trusting God to provide resources to share. Hospitality is not entertaining but rather inviting people into God's space.
With insight and encouragement, Kent also writes about worship (opening ourselves to awe), simplicity (space in our soul), generosity (a healthy detachment so we are giving more then we are getting), gratitude (choosing to thank God), and critical thinking (facing doubts and questions).
That last practice is my favorite. Christians certainly need critical thinking in a world of spin and lying. I have seen too many Christians easily fall for the latest revelation or prophecy without testing it. And we are not to be afraid of doubt. "Doubt facilitates faith," she writes. (161) Thinking through issues might be hard but the reward is a steadfast faith.
I really like that Kent gives personal and honest examples of these practices from her own life.
I recommend this book to Christians who desire spiritual transformation. You will find here good teaching on what Kent calls embodied spirituality, living our faith in our daily actions.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Living BoldlyAge: Under 18Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Don't Miss This!September 5, 2017Living BoldlyAge: Under 18Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
Godspace is a deep, life-changing book that points the reader to greater intimacy with God by responding to His grace. Slowing down to encounter God in every part of life, viewing every moment as sacred, and looking for God in everyday moments and places.
Godspace is embracing spiritual practices that engage us fully. These practices include Sabbath, hospitality, worship, simplicity, generosity, gratitude, and critical thinking. As we experience them and use them, we are living out our faith.
We live out our faith actively. Though at times it doesn't look polished or seems inconvenient, we are brought to an awareness, an intimacy with God that will take us on the greatest adventure, more amazing than we could ever imagine.
In giving space in our lives to God, consciously and mindfully, we will find our relationship with God to be deepened; our relationship with others to be stronger; and the relationship we have with ourselves to be lived in grace.
I very highly recommend Godspace. I know I will be reading this book again and again. It's a book that will greatly transform the reader's relationship with God.
*Disclaimer: I am so blessed to have been able to read and review Godspace. I received an Advanced Reader's Copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. The opinion stated is my own. I have not been compensated in any way.*
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