Spiritual disciplines are a time-tested means of connecting us to the God who wants to transform our souls. Prayer and listening are two of them. This study-guide may be used by individuals or groups to examine examples, methods, and results of connecting with God through prayer and practicing God's presence. One question in each of the six lessons calls for actual praying to be done. Other elements in each lesson include: Turning Toward God—discussion or reflection questions and exercises to draw you into the topic at hand, Hearing God Through the Word—Scripture questions that connect with life and help you reflect on what God is saying, and Transformation Exercises—activities or thoughts to experiment with in order to experience the spiritual exercise studies. You choose the one that fits you best. Each lesson is an attempt to help you move a few steps closer to living your life in union with God.
Most Christians have experienced the "laundry list" phase of spiritual life, in which praying means giving God an agenda of needs to handle. How do you move to having real conversation with God? How do you hear what God is saying back to you? How can you make your experience of God being with you part of everyday life? In this study guide, Jan Johnson covers the disciplines of prayer and of practicing God's presence. Going deeper in these areas will help you to draw closer to God in everything you do.
Jan Johnson is the author of over twenty books and more than a thousand magazine articles and Bible studies. A speaker, teacher and spiritual director, she writes primarily about spiritual formation, social justice and living with purposeful intentionality. Her books include , (editor), , and the Spiritual Disciplines Bible Study Series. She holds a DMin in Ignatian spirituality and spiritual direction from the Graduate Theological Foundation and lives with her husband in Simi Valley, California.
"Jan Johnson gives realistic direction on what we can do to make connecting with God the basis of day to day existence. Such a relationship cannot be handed to us, but we can be led into it by someone who knows the way. She does. She opens a path on which anyone can actually and continuously grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ--anyone, no matter their background or circumstances."