Coming Home to Your True Self: Leaving the Emptiness of False Attractions

Coming Home to Your True Self: Leaving the Emptiness of False Attractions


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Coming Home to Your True Self: Leaving the Emptiness of False Attractions by Albert Haase OFM, M. Robert Mu

"God is at home. It is we who have gone out for a walk."
—Meister Eckhart

In Coming Home to Your True Self, Albert Haase invites you to return home—and shows you the way to get there. "Home," he writes, "is the sacrament of the present moment. It is only living right now, right here, that we discover our lives and this world awash in the grace of God."

Using the story of the prodigal son to illustrate the far country of our false self and the way back home to our true self in Christ, Haase introduces us to the spiritual disciplines that can help us find the path home to the Father.

Rich with insights from Haase's experience as a spiritual director, this is a book for the weary, the lost, the regretful and guilty—essentially, a book for us all.

No matter how long you've walked, God is still home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830835171
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 04/18/2008
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 656,128
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Albert Haase, O.F.M. (Ph.D., Fordham University; M.Div., Catholic Theological Union), is a preacher, retreat leader and spiritual director based in the Chicago area. He serves as the director of the International Institute for Clergy Formation (Seton Hall
University). He has also taught as an adjunct professor of spirituality at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois, and offers training in spiritual direction for the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois. He is the cohost of Spirit and Life, a weekly radio show on the Relevant Radio network, and a former missionary to mainland China.

M. Robert Mulholland Jr. (1936-2015) was emeritus professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary and the author of several books, including Shaped by the Word, The Deeper Journey, Revelation and the landmark spiritual formation book Invitation to a Journey. He also served as pastor of Shirley Community Church in Shirley Mills, Maine.

During his extensive academic career, Mulholland served as adjunct professor at the Academy for Spiritual Formation and taught at several seminaries and universities around the world, including Wesley Theological Seminary, Harvard University, McMurry University, Moscow Evangelical Christian Seminary (Moscow, Russia), West Africa Theological Seminary (Lagos, Nigeria) and Baltic Mission Center Theological Seminary (Tallinn, Estonia). An elder in the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church, Mulholland was a frequent speaker at Bible and spiritual renewal conferences. He and his wife, Lynn, have two children.

Table of Contents

Foreword by M. Robert Mulholland Jr.
1. The True Self: Home Sweet Home
2. The False Self: Leaving Home
3. Coming Back Home: Breaking Free of the Pigpen
4. Graced Guilt: How Our Sin Can Bring Us Home
5. Present to the Presence: How Prayer Makes Us Prayerful
6. Penance: Preserving Relationships
7. Discernment: Becoming a Dream Keeper
8. The Spiritual Director: A Companion on the Journey Home
9. Continuing Home: The Ongoing Work of the Spirit
Appendix A: Designing a Rule of Life
Appendix B: Finding a Spiritual Director
Appendix C: Charts and Lists

What People are Saying About This

Gerald L. Sittser

"It occurred to me while reading this lovely book that Albert Haase is a wise and seasoned Christian man. It comes through in page after page. This book is informed, insightful and practical, everything you want a book on spirituality to be. Haase knows the subject so well that he writes from the inside, making it simple and clear. Coming Home to Your True Self made me want to do what the title says--find my true self in God. But more than that, it helped me make progress to that end."
Gerald L. Sittser, author of A Grace Disguised and Water from a Deep Well

Emilie Griffin

"Albert Haase has captured the simple essence of the spiritual life in this readable treatment that flows easily from Jesus' parable of the prodigal son. Illustrating his points with lively personal stories, Fr. Haase illuminates such classical spiritual terms as detachment, discernment and penance, making them live for the modern reader. He draws deeply on the teaching of Jesus and shows us how to 'come home' to our true selves. A fine guidebook for those who long for a deeper relationship with the Lord."
Emilie Griffin, author of Doors into Prayer: An Invitation

Ruth Haley Barton

"Haase is a wise and winsome guide for the spiritual life and his book is a helpful companion for the journey of coming home to the true self."
Ruth Haley Barton, author of Sacred Rhythms

Br. Patrick Hart

"Franciscan Albert Haase has done it again. Coming Home to Your True Self will receive a . . . warm reception from his readers, since it is steeped in the mystical tradition of the West from the Christian Scriptures to the desert dwellers of Egypt, and then through the Franciscans and the Dominicans, especially Meister Eckhart, which is becoming so popular with those seeking God in journeys of faith and love. It is highly recommended to all who seek the one thing necessary."
Br. Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O., Abbey of Gethsemani

Richard Rohr

"This is practical and profound spiritual guidance! If we do not clarify some of these foundational issues, there will be no real flourishing in our search for God. Albert Haase makes very substantial ideas readable, personal and even adventuresome. What a good Franciscan!"
Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation and author of Everything Belongs

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