Holy Play: The Joyful Adventure of Unleashing Your Divine Purpose

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In Holy Play popular author and teacher Kirk Byron Jones shows how to move forward together with God to imagine and live your true life purpose with creativity and joy. This extraordinary book gives you permission to stop waiting for God to tell you what to do and start doing what God has been inspiring you to do all along. Through provocative stories and helpful exercises, Jones shows you how to foster the openness and energy that allow you to engage with and construct a fulfilling life that uses all your ...

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Overview

In Holy Play popular author and teacher Kirk Byron Jones shows how to move forward together with God to imagine and live your true life purpose with creativity and joy. This extraordinary book gives you permission to stop waiting for God to tell you what to do and start doing what God has been inspiring you to do all along. Through provocative stories and helpful exercises, Jones shows you how to foster the openness and energy that allow you to engage with and construct a fulfilling life that uses all your God-given talent. Jones shows how to humbly and gladly accept the sacred incredible in you—in particular the creator in you.

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Determining one's calling in life can be an exuberant process of mining one's deepest desires that delights the God who wishes to inspire our choices, not dictate them. That is the central message of this engaging but evanescent meditation by Jones, an author (The Jazz of Preaching ) and founding minister of Beacon Light Baptist Church in New Orleans. Challenging the view (popularized by megachurch pastor Rick Warren in The Purpose-Driven Life) that vocational discernment is all about tapping into God's unique purpose for one's life, Jones claims instead that "we are called to join God in co-creating purpose and life itself." Readers are encouraged to discover how to playfully and creatively join with God in forging their path. Suffused with autobiographical morsels and references to Bible stories as well as a plethora of quotations, the book includes chapters on topics like "The Anatomy of Stuck-ness" and "Dreaming Your Way to Purpose." For readers eager to pursue their own vocational discernment, Jones provides chapter-ending questions and exercises. While the message of this volume could probably have been compressed into a sermon or an anthology chapter, it does pose a provocative counterweight to the popular idea that God has predetermined a unique, singular purpose for each human life.(Feb.) (Publishers Weekly, October 30, 2006)
Publishers Weekly
Determining one's calling in life can be an exuberant process of mining one's deepest desires that delights the God who wishes to inspire our choices, not dictate them. That is the central message of this engaging but evanescent meditation by Jones, an author (The Jazz of Preaching) and founding minister of Beacon Light Baptist Church in New Orleans. Challenging the view (popularized by megachurch pastor Rick Warren in The Purpose-Driven Life) that vocational discernment is all about tapping into God's unique purpose for one's life, Jones claims instead that "we are called to join God in co-creating purpose and life itself." Readers are encouraged to discover how to playfully and creatively join with God in forging their path. Suffused with autobiographical morsels and references to Bible stories as well as a plethora of quotations, the book includes chapters on topics like "The Anatomy of Stuck-ness" and "Dreaming Your Way to Purpose." For readers eager to pursue their own vocational discernment, Jones provides chapter-ending questions and exercises. While the message of this volume could probably have been compressed into a sermon or an anthology chapter, it does pose a provocative counterweight to the popular idea that God has predetermined a unique, singular purpose for each human life. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787984526
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/16/2007
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 382,007
  • Product dimensions: 5.79 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Kirk Byron Jones, D. Min., Ph.D. is a popular speaker, author, professor at Andover-Newton Theological School, and former pastor of churches in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

1. The Tyranny and Triumph of Choosing.

2. The Anatomy of Stuckness.

3. The Divine Adventure.

4. Our Great Beloved Partner.

5. The Wild Thrill of Wide-Open Possibility.

6. Not Just Creature but Creator.

7. Three Great Creative Powers.

8. Dreaming Your Way to Purpose.

9. Joyfully Playing Your Dreams.

Notes.

The Author.

Index.

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