Renewal in the Wilderness: A Spiritual Guide to Connecting with God in the Natural World [NOOK Book]

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God Is Waiting for You in the Wilderness

How can I say I see divinity in the wilderness? How can I say I feel God?s presence in a chorus of loons, in the throaty chuffing of a family of otter, in the primal call-and-response howling of wolves, in the splendor of a bald eagle, in a gibbous moon?s shimmering wash of orange light on dark moving water, in the healing silence of wild places or in a day when my soul has known the amazing grace of utter peace for six straight hours? ...

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Renewal in the Wilderness: A Spiritual Guide to Connecting with God in the Natural World

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Overview

God Is Waiting for You in the Wilderness

How can I say I see divinity in the wilderness? How can I say I feel God’s presence in a chorus of loons, in the throaty chuffing of a family of otter, in the primal call-and-response howling of wolves, in the splendor of a bald eagle, in a gibbous moon’s shimmering wash of orange light on dark moving water, in the healing silence of wild places or in a day when my soul has known the amazing grace of utter peace for six straight hours? How can I say I see God in those things? But how can I say that I don’t?
—from Chapter 1

You don’t need to spend forty years—or even forty days—in the wilderness to encounter God. This practical guide reveals the power of experiencing God’s presence in many variations of the natural world—from a backpacking trip in a truly remote wilderness to an afternoon spent in a nearby park to a single moment savored in your own backyard.

While exploring wilderness wisdom from several faith traditions—Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and more—you will discover how the universal experience of being present in nature can lead to startling discoveries both about God and about yourself. Drawing from his own significant moments in the wilderness and stories from the many people who have accompanied him on wilderness treks, John Lionberger asks probing questions and offers inspiring suggestions that will spur you to look at all aspects of the world around you from a new point of view.

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Inspired during an Outward Bound winter dogsledding expedition in northern Minnesota, Lionberger left his business career, attended seminary and founded his Renewal in the Wilderness ministry. He takes generally middle-age people on spiritual outdoor adventures, and their voices are interspersed along with his friendly, intimate narratives recounting various awe-inspiring locales and harrowing episodes such as having a literally crippling panic attack on a ropes course. This book documents and advocates for the power of the raw, close communication with the divine that is frequently fostered far from the madding crowds. Lionberger has an encompassing reach, giving voice to atheists, agnostics and the simply soul-weary, as well as believers from many of the world's great faith traditions. For Lionberger, all roads lead into the wild, a destination for spiritual renewal supported in sacred literature and the Bible, which has a surprising and convincing presence here. Probing and provocative questions at the end of each chapter clear paths to self-discovery. Lionberger enjoins us to remember our primal sacred beginnings with clear grace and compelling reasons. His final words of invitation to go into the original cathedral beguile and charm: "Surprise yourself and thrill God." (June)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594734243
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,234,585
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

John Lionberger, MDiv, a former agnostic whose first real encounter with God was in the wilderness, is founder of Renewal in the Wilderness, an interfaith wilderness ministry (www.renewalinthewilderness.org). He is also head chaplain at Three Crowns Park, a retirement community in Evanston, Illinois.

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