Longing for God: Seven Paths to Christian Devotion

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Think of the moment you last experienced God.

Do you know him that closely in this moment?

Truly experiencing the love of God gives us a taste of his goodness and his love for us, but often those moments are fleeting. We get distracted by life. Our awareness and understanding fade while our longing to experience him that way again increases.

Through this abridged audio book (read by Jon Gauger) you can begin ...

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Overview

Think of the moment you last experienced God.

Do you know him that closely in this moment?

Truly experiencing the love of God gives us a taste of his goodness and his love for us, but often those moments are fleeting. We get distracted by life. Our awareness and understanding fade while our longing to experience him that way again increases.

Through this abridged audio book (read by Jon Gauger) you can begin to fill that longing by developing your capacity to receive and respond to God's love. Spiritual formation is the process through which our inner self is opened to the work of the Holy Spirit, who forms us into the image of the Son. Here Richard Foster and Gayle Beebe, both experienced leaders in spiritual formation, introduce you to people from the past who have known God deeply. Each person helps you to grasp one of the seven primary paths to intimacy with God that have been developed throughout Christian history.

This rich resource can guide you into the same deep intimacy with God, opening you to the Spirit's work of transformation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830835263
  • Publisher: IVP Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2009
  • Series: Renovare Resources Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gayle D. Beebe (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University) is president of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, and past president of Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan. He serves as one of the general editors for The Renovar— Spiritual Formation Bible.

He is also author of The Interpretive Role of the Religious Community in Friedrich Schleiermacher and Josiah Royce and coeditor of Keeping the Concept in the Social and Natural Sciences; Keeping the Concept in the Philosophical, Practical and Productive Arts; A Concept to Keep; and Religion and Its Relevance in Post-Modernism.

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Table of Contents

Preface Introduction: Recovering the Seven Paths of Christian Devotion
1. Path One: The Right Ordering of Our Love for God Origen of Alexandria: The Quest for Perpetual Communion with God Augustine of Hippo: Loving God with Our Body, Mind and Heart Bernard of Clairvaux: The Desire for God and the Ascent of Pure Love Blaise Pascal: The Right Ordering of Body, Mind and Heart
2. Path Two: The Spiritual Life as Journey Evagrius of Ponticus: From Deadly Thoughts to Godly Virtues George Herbert: Weaving Life into a Meaningful Whole John Bunyan: The Pilgrim's Path to God Thomas Merton: Finding Our Home with God
3. Path Three: The Recovery of Knowledge of God Lost in the Fall Thomas Aquinas: Learning to Love and Know God Fully Martin Luther: Growing in the Freedom of God's Love John Calvin: Knowing God and Knowing Ourselves
4. Path Four: Intimacy with Jesus Christ Francis of Assisi: The World as Our Cloister St. Bonaventure: The Fullness of Life in Christ Thomas à Kempis: Imitating Christ Ignatius of Loyola: Guided by the Mysteries of Christ
5. Path Five: The Right Ordering of Our Experiences of God Julian of Norwich: Enfolded in the Goodness of God George Fox: Learning to Follow the Light of Christ Within John Wesley: The Role of Our Religious Experiences in Knowing God Friedrich Schleiermacher: Making Sense of Our Experiences of God
6. Path Six: Action and Contemplation John Cassian: Balancing the Active and Contemplative Life Benedict of Nursia: Learning to Live by a Rule Gregory the Great: Living the Active Life Contemplatively
7. Path Seven: Divine Ascent Pseudo-Dionysius: Loving God through the Threefold Way The Cloud of Unknowing: The Sharp Darts of Longing Love Teresa of Avila: Entering Christ's Mansion John of the Cross: Illuminating the Dark Night Conclusion Acknowledgments Appendix 1: Pre-Christian Influences on Our Life with God Appendix 2: Christian Women and Spirituality Appendix 3: The Contribution of the Eastern Orthodox Church Notes Index
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