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Awe-Full Moments: Spirituality in the Commonplace

Awe-Full Moments: Spirituality in the Commonplace

by Richard J. Bauman

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Overview

Awful moments can become Awe-full moments; moments of wonder, moments of grace. Sometimes petty annoyances are transformed into awe-full instances of spiritual growth. At other times events we thought would kill us emotionally and spiritually, if not physically, become milestones of awe-full spiritual transformation.
Faith draining personal tragedies can become the foundation for even stronger faith. Seemingly inconsequential events can be turned into points of spiritual progress. Things we held secret deep inside, ashamed to share with others, when surrendered to the light of truth can become turning points, changing those events from awful to awe-full.
Awe-full instances come, too, when we realize a grand truth for the first time. Those flashes of insight, those moments of enlightenment that God offers to each of us, that change our perspective, and give us a portrait of truth we might never have seen except through God's generosity in the present moment. Being present to the present can be awe-full.
Awe-full Moments: Spirituality in the Commonplace, is the sharing of some moments of awfulness that ultimately became awe-full moments. It’s also awe-full moments that were full of awe simply because they were awe-inspiring, take-your-breath-away moments. No pain, just joy so awesome it can only be described as awe-full.
Awe-full moments happen to each of us, but we often miss the awe-fullness because we are mired in the awfulness of an incident. Yet we grow spiritually not despite the awful moments, events and conditions we all have to face, but because of them. Awful can become awe-full—not necessarily easily or immediately—but through openness and willingness to let God work in our lives—and by being aware of Him doing so.


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Product Details

BN ID: 2940012034588
Publisher: RichDon
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 87 KB

About the Author

Richard Bauman is a prolific writer. He has been writing magazine articles about history, travel, health issues, spirituality and self help topics for more than 35 years. His articles have appeared in such magazines as American Way, Rotarian, Elks Sacred Journal, Catholic Yearbook, Lutheran Digest, Family Motor Coaching, Highways, Catholic Digest, Decision, Signs of the Times, Mature Years, Mature Living, Women’s World, Automobile, and many more. He is also the author of the book Awe-Full Moments: Spirituality in the Commonplace. For more than 15 years he was the author of the popular day-to-day calendar, Legal Lunacies.

Richard has contributed articles or chapters to several other books including: Chicken Soup for the Christian Family Soul; Cup of Comfort; God Allows U-Turns; Where We Live; The Writer’s Research Handbook, Whispers from Heaven and Prepare Our Hearts, and most recently, Voices in Today’s Magazines.

After more than 25-years absent from formal studies, Richard returned to college to earn his bachelor’s degree (much of it through distance learning) in 2002, from Excelsior College in Albany New York.

Richard and his wife, Donna, have been married for nearly 50-years. They have two adult children, Chris and Stephanie, and four grandsons: Noah, Luke, Patrick and Mason. Richard and Donna reside in Southern California. Visit his website: www.richardjbauman.com.

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