Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire: The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements

Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire: The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements

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by Christine Valters Paintner
     
 

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Organized around "The Canticle of the Creatures" by St. Francis of Assisi, Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire is the first book to consider the ways in which praying with the natural elements can enliven Christian spiritual life. Teacher, artist, and Benedictine oblate Christine Valters Paintner offers concrete suggestions and guided contemplative exercises; for instance,

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Organized around "The Canticle of the Creatures" by St. Francis of Assisi, Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire is the first book to consider the ways in which praying with the natural elements can enliven Christian spiritual life. Teacher, artist, and Benedictine oblate Christine Valters Paintner offers concrete suggestions and guided contemplative exercises; for instance, she suggests that readers take time to "watch the sunrise or sunset and breathe in the beauty of the fiery sky. Contemplate what those beginnings and endings have to say in your own life." Readers benefit from Paintner's extensive training in theology and Benedictine spirituality, as well as her unique work in bringing the expressive arts to spiritual direction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933495507
Publisher:
Ave Maria Press
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
394 KB

Meet the Author

Christine Valters Paintner is the online Abbess for Abbey of the Arts , a virtual monastery offering classes and resources on contemplative practice and creative expression. She holds a PhD in Christian spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and earned her professional status as a registered expressive arts consultant and educator from the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. She is the author of Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire, a columnist for Patheos, a retreat leader, and a supervisor for spiritual directors. Christine lives out her commitment as a Benedictine Oblate in the heart of Seattle with her husband and dog.

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Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Big clearing with a big round tree. Inside the tree is the Leaders den....but a branch is where I will speak. ~Deathstar
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