Like a Child: Restoring the Awe, Wonder, Joy and Resiliency of the Human Spirit

Like a Child: Restoring the Awe, Wonder, Joy and Resiliency of the Human Spirit

by Timothy J. Mooney

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594735707
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/30/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 814 KB

About the Author

Rev. Timothy J. Mooney, a Presbyterian minister, visual artist and spiritual director, is passionate about inspiring people to find creative ways to further their personal growth and connect with their authentic self. A pastor for over twenty-five years, he currently leads Community of ONE, a worshiping community in the heart of urban Denver, and offers retreats on spirituality and spiritual formation throughout the United States. He serves as a church consultant and supervises spiritual directors in training, and works to expand the role of art in the church. Much of Rev. Mooney's artwork has been created for and in various liturgical settings. His work can be seen at

Rev. Timothy J. Mooney is available to speak to your group or at your event. For more information, please contact us at (802) 457-4000 or

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Cowabunga! 1
Resting in Wholehearted Trust
A Heart Checkup 9
An Exercise in Trust 10

2 Humble Me 11
Finding Your True Self in Authentic Humility
I Am … 20
Who Are You? 21
A Long, Loving Look at the Real 22

3 A Burning Bush in Every Backyard 23
Restoring Your Capacity for Awe and Wonder
Simply Notice 29
Specifically Notice 29
Things in Themselves 30
Walking Meditation 30

4 The Eyes of Innocence 31
Seeing as God Sees
A Pair of Glasses 39
A Conversation with Your True Self 40

5 The Truth of a Tantrum 41
Discerning the Gifts in Desire and Emotion
Throw a Fit 51
What Do You Want Me to Do for You? 51

6 Change the Way You Think 53
Reclaiming Beginner's Mind
(Old Dogs Thrive on New Tricks!)
A Fist and an Open Hand 63
Meditation 64
Draw What You Feel 64

7 Let It Be and Let It Go 67
Practicing Forgiveness as a Choice and a Gift
What Am I Holding on To? 79
The Log in Our Own Eye 79

8 Fully Embodied, Fully Inspirited 81
Recognizing and Reading Your Body as a Source of Wisdom
Praying with Postures 88
Body Scan 89

9 Laughter and a Sense of Humor 91
Grace's Daily Dietary Requirement
Think of Something Funny 98
Laughing at Yourself 99

10 Recess! 101
Playing Your Way to Life and Purpose
Go Out and Play! 106
Turn Everything into a Game 107
Contents vii

11 Inside Out, Outside In 109
Living an Undivided Life
Return to Childhood 115
Act Like You’re a Kid Again 115
Möbius Strip Meditation 116

12 It Takes a Long Time to Become Young 117
Transforming a Life, Cultivating a Soul
Not Moses, Me 122
A Party of One 123

Notes 125
Suggestions for Further Reading 131

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