The Advent of God's Word: Listening for the Power of the Divine Whisper--A Daily Retreat and Devotional

The Advent of God's Word: Listening for the Power of the Divine Whisper--A Daily Retreat and Devotional

by Brenda K. Buckwell

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The Advent of God's Word: Listening for the Power of the Divine Whisper--A Daily Retreat and Devotional by Brenda K. Buckwell

Quiet your heart and listen for the loving whispers of God during the Advent season. "The weeks leading up to Christmas are often hectic times preparing for the holy celebration of Jesus' birth. This book provides an opportunity for you to pause, take a refreshing breath of the Holy Spirit, and look beyond the surface of the lights and glitter to notice the inward shaping of Jesus' virtues of hope, love, joy and peace for faithful living. It sets a course for daily retreat and devotional living into the new era for hope and unity in the heart of Christ." ―from the Introduction Are you missing out on the true meaning and mystery of Advent amid the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? Rev. Dr. Brenda K. Buckwell, Obl. OSB, invites you into a daily retreat experience, offering inspiring reflections, fresh perspectives on the season’s traditional scripture readings, and creative ways to let God’s word sink deep into your heart and soul. With prayer practices that engage the senses and guidance in creating a visual reflection in response to each day’s reading, she helps you move beyond articulation of what you know of God to discover the possibilities awaiting you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594736155
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 810 KB

About the Author

Rev. Dr. Brenda K. Buckwell, Obl. OSB, seeks to integrate Christian spiritual formation into everyday life so that others can experience an expanded sense of God. She is adjunct faculty at Ashland Theological Seminary, a spiritual director for lay and clergy persons, a national retreat leader and cofounder and director of learning and formation for Hearts on Fire: The Fellowship of United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders, as well as an oblate in the Methodist-Benedictine St. Brigid of Kildare Monastery. She has taught at United Theological Seminary and the Rueben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation through Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

Week One
The Terrain for Whispers: Discerning the Landscape of the Heart

The First Sunday of Advent
A Creative Arts Prayer Practice—Icon Gazing
Your Mandala

Monday
The Shimmering Word
Tuesday
Topography and Terrain
Wednesday
Prepare the Way of the Lord
Thursday
Ready to Receive?
Friday
Stay Awake!
Saturday Sabbath

Week Two
Whispering Songs of Expectation: Choice—Listening for the Transformational Whisper

The Second Sunday of Advent
A Creative Arts Prayer Practice—Visio Divina
Your Mandala
Monday
From Generation … Through Generation
Tuesday
Darkness Descends …
Wednesday
Fashioning a Heart of Love
Thursday
The Power of a Whisper
Friday
Standing at the Crossroads of "Me or Thee?"
Saturday Sabbath

Week Three
Companions for the Journey: Deep Joy—Listening to the Soul 's Song

The Third Sunday of Advent
A Creative Arts Prayer Practice—Audio Divina
Your Mandala
Monday
To Dream … the Impossible Dream
Tuesday
Sojourners and Companions
Wednesday
Inward Groaning
Thursday
From Humble Beginnings
Friday
My Magnificat
Saturday Sabbath

Week Four
Celebrate! The Power of a Whispered Life: New Life Springs Forth

The Fourth Sunday of Advent
A Creative Arts Prayer Practice—Meditative Movement
Your Mandala

Monday
Created in the Image
Tuesday
Treasures to Ponder
Christmas Eve
An Invitation to the Manger
Christmas Day
Away in the Manger ... at Home in the Heart
The First Day after Christmas
Ignited in Love
The First Saturday after Christmas
Saturday Sabbath

Epilogue: The Adventure into the New Year—The Foundation for Daily Devotion
Leader’s Guide
Notes
Suggestions for Further Reading
Credits

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