Spiritual life is not just a gift; it is a skill we must work to develop.
Using Paul's letter to the Philippians as her guide, Bible teacher Jill Briscoe uncovers eight "spiritual arts" that Christians are called to practice regularly: contentment, intimacy, suffering, simplicity, ministry, tranquility, humility, and harmony.
Jill pulls no punches in challenging Christians to do their part. Spiritual Arts is a discovery study of practices we need to learn if we are to live life as God intended---full of great joy, deeper intimacy with God, and an exciting impact in the lives of others. With patience, wit, and probing questions, Jill challenges the faithful to a different ethic and a more active, focused way to follow Christ.
I like to think of the work of The Holy Spirit in the lives of men and women as art.Spiritual life is not just a gift; it is a skill we must work to develop. Using Pauls letter to the Philippians as her guide, Bible teacher Jill Briscoe uncovers eight spiritual arts that Christians are called to practice regularly; contentment, intimacy, suffering, simplicity, ministry, tranquility, humility, and harmony.Jill pulls no punches in challenging Christian readers to do their part, Spiritual Arts is a discovery study of practices we need to learn if we are to live life as God intendedfull of great joy, deeper intimacy with God, and an exciting impact in the lives of others. With patience, wit, and probing questions, Jill challenges the faithful to a different ethic and a more active, focused way to follow Christ.
Jill Briscoe was born in Liverpool, England, in 1935. Educated at Cambridge, she taught school for a number of years before marrying Stuart and raising their three children. In addition to sharing with her husband in ministry with Torchbearers at Capernwray in England, and in pastoring a church in the United States for thirty years, Jill has written more than forty books, travelled on every continent teaching and encouraging, served on the boards of Christianity Today and World Relief, and now acts as executive editor of a magazine for women called Just Between Us. Jill can be heard regularly on the worldwide media ministry Telling the Truth. She is proud to be called "Nana" by thirteen grandchildren.
In this extended reflection on Paul's letter to the Philippians, Briscoe,
executive editor of Just Between Us magazine, sketches out eight "spiritual
arts"-hallmarks of dedicated Christian living, including tenacity and
serenity. These arts are simultaneously aspects of faithful Christian living
that the Holy Spirit pours out upon believers and practices of the faith to
which people can intentionally commit themselves. (As Briscoe puts it, "There
is God's part in this program, and there is our part.... [W]e must
cooperate.") Briscoe calls readers to practice intentional peacemaking within
the body of Christ; to laugh at themselves and learn to be humble; and to
cultivate intimacy with God. One of her most insightful chapters focuses on
the spiritual art of maturity, in which she suggests that Christians should
always seek to grow in their faith. Mature Christians care deeply about "lost
people" and lead lives worth imitating. Briscoe concludes the book with a
fruitful discussion of the art of both giving and receiving-she especially
encourages readers to cultivate receptive, "teachable" hearts. Her clear,
accessible prose and the discussion questions and prayer prompts that close
every chapter enhance this small, quiet, wise book. Briscoe's uniting biblical
meditation with the popular language of spiritual disciplines is sure to
resonate with evangelicals. (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business