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The Listening Day is a collection of 90 devotional readings to help you enter God's passionate invitation to know him today. To God, all times are the present-and the Father invites us to know him now. We must learn to quiet ourselves and listen for his voice every day.
Each entry begins with scripture to meditate upon throughout your day. Paul J. Pastor then invites you to listen in on an intimate conversation with God-what he hears the Lord saying through those scriptures and, in one or two lines, his own reply. The reflections are crafted to show us anew our God, who encourages, rebukes, laughs, invites, and instructs. Each day's reading ends with a short prayer and a simple suggestion for deeper response to help you know and experience God's rich presence in your life. The Listening Day will sharpen your mind and deepen your soul as you travel your own path on Christ's Way.
Number of Pages: 112
Vendor: Zeal Books
Publication Date: 2017
Series: Meditations on the Way
Grounded deeply in the words and images of the Bible, The Listening Day is a collection of 90 devotional readings to help readers know God today. Author Paul J. Pastor invites readers to listen in on honest conversations with God, who encourages, laughs, loves, rebukes, invites, and instructs.
Readers will connect with the Holy One, their strong companion for the journey of hope ahead. Each day's reading ends with a short prayer inviting readers to experience God's rich presence.
The Listening Day will focus the mind, comfort the heart, and deepen the soul as readers travel their own path on Christ's Way.
Paul J. Pastor is a writer living in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge. His writing on Christian spirituality has won numerous awards and critical recognition for its beauty, insight, and biblical depth. With an MA in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary, Pastor brings his passionate style and unique insights to life as a frequent speaker at churches and universities. Pastor and his wife Emily serve as deacons of spiritual formation at Theophilus Church in Portland, Oregon. They have three children.
Every morning of their dusty journey, the Jews found bread on the ground: manna. That was the mysterious bread that fed them, sustained them, kept them on the way. Pastor's book will be just that manna for your soul. The mysteries within cannot be fully understood, or even articulated, but they will feed you. I commend this book heartily. Get up. Your morning has come. Eat the mystery that this book describes.
With the debut of The Listening Day, I can say with great confidence and enthusiasm that Paul J. Pastor is one of the best spiritual writers of this generation. In fact, this breathtakingly beautiful offering has turned Pastor into one of my favorite writers of all time. It is clear that each meditation is the fruit of unhurried time spent in the presence of God. As you read, you will be nourished with the nourishment Pastor received from God. It has truly been a means of grace to me a great gift. I will recommend it to everyone I know.The lofty work of considering the divine can often be disembodied and disconnected from eathbound beauty and the human condition. Paul reattaches the divine and the human in a poetic and thoughtful reading experience.
My heart's desire is to trust; to live inside the grace of one day. In your hands is a brilliantly crafted companion for your journey into living that grace. I love The Listening Day because it is helping me do just that.
The Listening Day is a devotional of creative exercise for the way we interact with both our own hearts and with God. At turns surprising, poignant, joyful, and devastating, Pastor invites us into new ways of seeing on each page. It caused me to notice both the rocky and the soft soil in the garden of my heart, and by the end, I had already discovered new places where the truly good news was able to bloom.
Here is a book to be read slowly and savored. These meditations will help you become more present to God and more aware of his work in your life and the world. Read and be nourished.
Author: Paul J. Pastor
Located in: Oregon, USA
Submitted: April 07, 2017
Tell us a little about yourself. I an a native Oregonian, a country kid who grew up in the beautiful WIllamette Valley. Besides writing and serving in church, I spend most of my time with words and nature, writing, hiking, gardening, and (in the rare breaks in the Northwest rain), splashing in the creek by our house with my three children.
What was your motivation behind this project? The Listening Day grew from a personal need--to hear the Father's voice every day. God speaks through his Word, Spirit, and Body (the Church), and this devotional works to bring those three voices together as one. I have been so humbled by God's faithfulness to speak.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? My prayer is that readers of The Listening Day will find their hearts awakening to a new openness to God's voice, and a sense of his deep, profound love for them. I hope that this book encourages all of us to "practice the presence" of our Father in new, humble, heartfelt ways.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? My own spiritual life has been immeasurably deepened by the time spent in the Bible and quiet as I wrote this book. Also, I have a new sense for God's own creativity and humor. He is not boring!
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I'm inspired by nature and the imagery of the Bible. I'm a voracious reader, and love many kinds of books, art and music. If we ever meet, let's talk literature! Favorite authors include Frederick Buechner, Herman Melville, Madeleine L'Engle, Patti Smith, Robert Lax, and G.K. Chesterton.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I truly care about each of my readers. I hope that this little book does big things in your heart, for the sake of the Father.