This simple, little book by author and artist Roger Hutchison uses art and color to help folks of any age who have suffered loss process their pain. Giving words to those who have no words in a time of grief is a great gift, helping them remember and celebrate the life of a loved one is greater still. Thoughtfully written and beautifully illustrated, the book is dedicated first to God, the creator of all color.
The introduction of this thoughtfully developed 15-month devotional guide from Renovaré says, “As followers of Jesus, we want to pour out our lives for others. This is a good and beautiful thing. However, if we are not continually replenished by ‘living water,’ we will end up drained, dry, and exhausted.” We’ve all been there, struggling with our tendency to be a human doing instead of a human being, keeping company with Jesus Christ. Bernard of Clairvaux captured it well when he wrote, “If then you are wise, you will show yourself rather as a reservoir than as a canal. A canal spreads abroad water as it receives it, and a reservoir waits until it is filled before overflowing, and thus without loss to itself communicates its superabundant water. In the Church at the present day we have many canals and few reservoirs.”
The Reservoir, presenting 5 brief weekly readings, a suggested Scripture text for meditation and wonderfully probing questions will help you drink the living water Jesus promised so you can become a person who lives out of the overflow.
This entire book gives the reader encouragement and permission to enter into a regular time of retreat and rest. The author, Ruth Haley Barton, notes the sources of our exhaustion and then goes on to give examples of what retreat might look like, as every person is different, and the ways we rest and restore ourselves are different, too.
“Mansions of the Heart begins with the author’s personal story of frustration and confusion and the discovery that there is more to the Christian life than building a successful church. While strengthening his relationship with God, R. Thomas Ashbrook — an engineer-turned-pastor — went on a wondrous and often challenging adventure of discovery. By revealing his story of transformation, Dr. Ashbrook offers seekers a way to move forward on their own spiritual paths.”
A must-read primer for anyone drawn to the formissional life, Mansions of the Heart draws the reader ever deeper into a love relationship with Jesus while leaving behind the performance-based, success-driven culture of modern religious life. If you want to discover the path to a life with God — not under God or in the name of God or for God — read this book! The insets throughout tracing the spiritual maturation process in the lives of mythical Michael and Abigail make it even more practical.
Writing about this book by Jan Johnson, author Brennan Manning called it “a well-written and finely constructed introduction to the prayer of simple regard.” Author James Bryan Smith wrote, “The best recommendation anyone can give to any how-to book is this: It makes you long to do it yourself. That was certainly the case for me when I finished When the Soul Listens. It made me yearn for a deeper, wider and more consistent practice of contemplative prayer in my own life.” I (Mark Warner) couldn’t agree more. I listened to this wonderfully practical book while traveling on sabbatical and was moved by how accessible it is. The practice of Contemplative or Abiding Prayer is a central practice of Christian Spiritual Formation and Jan Johnson does a wonderful job of inviting the reader into a different kind of life with God.
Described as a modern-day book of psalms, this collection of prayers by Ted Loder is written in poetic form, and will provide words for the most honest, intimate places of your heart. The book is divided into thematic chapters, like Comfort & Reassurance, Restoration & Renewal, and even Prayers for Seasons & Holidays. When you want to pray – but don’t know where to begin – this will be your ‘go to’ book. Each word of every prayer is written with deliberate intention, inviting you into a time of contemplation and relationship with the Holy Spirit.
From thoughtful author and teacher, Jan Johnson, this wonderful devotional guide to Psalm 23 can be used as the framework for a personal prayer retreat or in small groups. Built around seven meditations, the book explores the kind of life that’s available to anyone who will allow the Lord to be their Shepherd.