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"This resource, which fits in poclet or purse, is filled with useful insights and practical ideas for deepening our relationship with God day by day."
- Carol Blank, WritingWorks
In Simple Faith, Silf encourages us to rethink many of the teachings on faith that may be holding us back from the...
In Simple Faith, Silf encourages us to rethink many of the teachings on faith that may be holding us back from the joy and freedom that can be found only in a meaningful experience of God. Through her thought-provoking, even surprising, answers to common questions about faith—Is it true that God is love? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why did Jesus have to die?&mash;she advocates radically simple yet profound beliefs that are based in a new, liberating understanding of faith itself.
Ultimately, Simple Faith, moves us beyond the complexities of conventional religion and clears the path for us to grow in a life-changing relationship with God.
Posted May 12, 2012
Simple Faith, by Margaret Silf, is subtitled Moving beyond Religion as You Know It to Grow in Your Relationship with God. The author and retreat director points out that organized religions usually view the meaning of life in terms of a specific understanding of God. In Simple Faith she focuses on ways in which individuals may develop a personal sense of purpose based on life experience. Throughout the 15 short chapters Silf provides direct statements characterizing persons of faith. She writes, for example, that persons of faith believe in a power greater than themselves, choose to center their lives around “the deeper center of gravity we call God and the greater good of all creation”; and believe they can make a difference and work to make that happen. In addition to the chapters on the meaning of life and call to make a difference, Silf writes about Jesus, the Gospels, and prayer. She suggests ways others might approach the topics and ends each chapter with a What Do You Think question and relevant quotation. In the chapter on making a difference she writes that persons of faith make moment-to-moment, ordinary choices “that tip the scales toward the greater good.” Small things to consider include avoiding thoughtless comments, offering help instead of walking past someone in need, and speaking up to challenge injustice. In closing she suggests that readers take time to notice and evaluate the choices they make throughout the day. This resource, which fits in pocket or purse, is filled with useful insights and practical ideas for deepening our relationship with God day by day.
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