Down-To-Earth Spirituality

Down-To-Earth Spirituality

by R. Paul Stevens, Charles Ringm


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True spirituality is down-to-earth, everyday life. Stevens says we encounter God in the ordinary, common stuff of life, not just in devotional times or church on Sundays. The author examines the Genesis account of Jacob and uncovers how ordinary moments are made extraordinary, transformed by the presence of God in the midst of the mundane.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830823833
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 01/13/2003
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

R. Paul Stevens is professor emeritus of marketplace theology and leadership at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia, and a marketplace ministry mentor. He has worked as a carpenter and businessman, and served as the pastor of an inner-city church in Montreal. He has written many books and Bible studies, including Doing God's Business, Work Matters, Marriage Spirituality, The Other Six Days and Spiritual Gifts. He is coauthor (with Pete Hammond and Todd Svanoe) of The Marketplace Annotated Bibliography.

Ringma (Ph.D., University of Queensland) is professor of missions and evangelism at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Charles Ringma
Introduction: The Earthy Spirituality of Jacob
1. Birth: the Story of Rebekah - Genesis 25:19-28
2. Eating: the Story of Esau - Genesis 25:27-35; 27:1-40
3. Family: the Story of Isaac - Genesis 26—27
4. Sleeping: the Story of the Angels - Genesis 28:10-22
5. Courting: the Story of Rachel - Genesis 29:1-14
6. Marriage: the Story of Leah - Genesis 29:14-30
7. Work: the Story of Laban - Genesis 29:14-20; 31:10-13
8. Conversion: the Story of the God-Man - Genesis 32:26-28
9. Sex: the Story of Dinah - Genesis 34
10. Home: the Story of Bethel - Genesis 35
11. Calling: the Story of Joseph - Genesis 37—50
12. Dressing: the Story of Tamar - Genesis 38
13. Finishing: the Story of Judah - Genesis 42—50
14. Death: the Story of Ephraim - Genesis 48:1-22; 49:29-33
Appendix A: The Family Tree
Appendix B: The Story in Brief - Genesis 25—50

What People are Saying About This

Brian Morgan

"Paul Stevens's passion for the wounded patriarch Jacob has found its full expression in this, his latest work, Down-to-Earth Spirituality. Stevens's unique approach of blending theological themes with the narrative story gives the book a heightened relevance for the modern reader. After decades of study and reflection, Paul gives us the fruit not just of Jacob's journey but, as a patriarch in his own right, of reflections from a lifetime of wisdom. Thus he is able to speak with authority regarding all the "earthly" contexts where God shapes the human soul. Who cannot identify with Jacob's longing to see God's face in dysfunctional families, oppressive work environments and in marriages where love has grown cold? I found Paul's book so valuable that it became my primary tool to train lay missionaries who will be teaching Jacob's story in Romania."
Brian Morgan, pastor, Peninsula Bible Church, Cupertino, California

J. I. Packer

"A thought-provoking, heart-searching excavation in the rich narrative mine of the second half of Genesis. The family focus and the corrective and directive wisdom are brought out most strikingly."
J. I. Packer, Board of Governors Professor of Theology, Regent College

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