Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation
Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation  -     By: Ruth Haley Barton
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Do you long for a deep, fundamental change in your life with God? Do you desire a greater intimacy with Him? Do you wonder how you might truly live your life as God created you to live it?

Spiritual disciplines are activities that open us to God's transforming love and the changes that only God can bring about in our lives. Picking up on the monastic tradition of creating a "rule of life" that allows for regular space for the practice of the spiritual disciplines, Sacred Rhythms takes you more deeply into understanding seven key disciplines along with practical ideas for weaving them into everyday life. Each chapter includes exercises to help you begin the practices---individually and in a group context. The final chapter puts it all together in a way that will help you arrange your life for spiritual transformation.

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Title: Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation
By: Ruth Haley Barton
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 13 ounces
ISBN: 0830833331
ISBN-13: 9780830833337
Stock No: WW833331

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  • Winner of a 2006 Logos Book Award
Do you long for a deep, fundamental change in your life with God? Do you desire a greater intimacy with God? Do you wonder how you might truly live your life as God created you to live it? Spiritual disciplines are activities that open us to God's transforming love and the changes that only God can bring about in our lives. Picking up on the monastic tradition of creating a "rule of life" that allows for regular space for the practice of the spiritual disciplines, this book takes you more deeply into understanding seven key disciplines along with practical ideas for weaving them into everyday life. Each chapter includes exercises to help you begin the practices--individually and in a group context. The final chapter puts it all together in a way that will help you arrange your life for spiritual transformation. The choice to establish your own sacred rhythm is the most important choice you can make with your life.

Author Bio

is a spiritual director, retreat leader and teacher trained through the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and the Pathways Center for Spiritual Leadership. She is cofounder of the Transforming Center and author of spiritual formation books and resources, including (IVP), (Willow Creek Resources) and (Waterbrook/Shaw). Educated at Wheaton College and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Barton has served on the pastoral staff at several different churches, including Willow Creek Community Church. Ruth, her husband, Chris, and their family live in the Chicago area.

Publisher's Weekly

Christian spiritual disciplines are all the rage, and joining the legions of "how-to" books reintroducing contemporary Christians to ancient practices is this offering by Barton, a spiritual director and retreat leader (Invitation to Solitude and Silence). With elegant writing and a personal touch, she covers the basics handily-the role of desire and longing in relationship with God, praying with scripture, and the need for solitude, self-examination, discernment and Sabbath. She concludes with an exercise that helps one develop a "rule of life," or commitment to "structure and space for our growing." What makes Barton's handbook different from the rest is her personality; she describes the practices with the gentle touch of an understanding and knowing mystic, telling her own stories along the way. Barton recounts the time she and her bicycle were run over by a minivan (miraculously, she was not seriously hurt) and as she recuperated, she pondered whether this accident was a time to reconsider her need for Sabbath: "I did not want to acknowledge the possibility that it was that hard for God to get my attention." This book is a wonderful starting point for Christians eager to more deeply explore the life of the Spirit. (Mar. 30) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

"Blessed is the person who has some voice in her or his life saying what Ruth Haley Barton says. Sacred Rhythms is a book I have treasured."
"[Barton] describes the practices with the gentle touch of an understanding and knowing mystic."

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