For many people, the word mysticism conjures up occult, secretive rituals held after midnight in some dark cave. But true mysticism isn’t at all sinister or secretive, says author John Mabry, an Anglican-rite Congregational minister. In fact, mysticism is at the heart of an authentic Christian life. It is nothing more and nothing less than the pursuit-and enjoyment-of union with God, which is the goal of all Christian spirituality. Christian mysticism is the discipline of growing the soul into God—shedding illusory identities, deepening prayer, seeing God in all things, and acting as Christ in the world. Mabry’s great passion is to bring theology to everyday life by explaining complex ideas in everyday language that anyone can understand and find useful. In Growing into God, he “demystifies” mysticism, providing a friendly and accessible entry point to some of the teachings, practices, and experiences of the Christian mystical tradition. Mabry explores the classic mystical journey, which begins with the Awakening of a unitive consciousness that experiences everything as Divine and interconnected. The journey continues with Purgation, in which we empty ourselves of illusion; Illumination, in which we begin to see God in all things and all things in God; and, finally, Union, in which we marry our lives with God’s life. Our hands become God’s hands, our lips become God’s lips, our touch becomes God’s touch, in order to bring help, comfort, and healing to the world. ,p>Along the way, and with an entertaining teacher’s clarity, Mabry recounts the stories of many Christian mystics, including inspiring quotations. He also enriches each chapter with questions and answers to simplify points as well as experiential practices to help readers embark upon the mystical journey themselves
Growing into God is a personal and poignant new collection of poetry. Tapping into the deep spiritual life inside all of us, and drawing upon her growing understanding of God in our insecure and fast-moving world, Gateley travels the spiritual path from disillusionment to faith, despair to joy. Gateley's poetry is passionate, authentic, and immediate. Speaking to the spiritual malaise of our times, she calls and challenges us to new possibilities by recognizing and responding to our deepest hungers. This beautiful new collection of poetry will renew and affirm you on your spiritual quest.
According to Walker, through faith and service comes the outward manifestation of a deeper inner communion, after surrendering oneself through brokenness and submission to His will. In becoming His heir, the lines separating your life from His and that of all other creatures of His creation fade away.
Help nurture the faith of the children in your life with Growing in Gods Love: A Story Bible. This engaging resource features 150 popular Bible stories that are organized by 13 themes, including Strong Women and Men; Listening for God; Parables; Healings and Miracles; and more. Each story is built on the latest in biblical scholarship and learning theory and helps children begin to understand the Bible and apply its teachings to the world around them. Growing in Gods Love features diverse artwork from more than twenty artists to appeal to a variety of ages and learning styles. Three reflection questionsHear, See, Actare included at the end of each story to help children further ponder the message of the story. Growing in Gods Love: A Story Bible is ideal for children ages 4-8, and it is perfect for Sunday school classrooms, childrens sermons, vacation Bible school, and gift-giving at baptism or other milestones.
Growing Big in God is an easy-to-read guide for new believers who want to grow spiritually. Everything you need to know about growing big in the faith is laid out in clear and easy-to-understand language and examples. The entire process-from salvation to becoming a trustworthy and productive disciple of Jesus-is thoroughly explained, step-by-step. What's more, along the way, many puzzling questions are answered. You can learn what God does as well as what you are supposed to do. You can discover the things that you are to add to your faith and produce a lifestyle that positively impacts the world around you. Learn how to deal with and overcome trials and temptation, as well as what it means to really become new as God takes control of your heart and changes you from the inside out. This book seeks not only to lead the new believer to a greater understanding of God and His purposes and ways, but also to help more the mature believer become a powerful light in this dark world. Every believer, new or old, can benefit from this book. You can experience spiritual growth and a deeper relationship with God as you come to understand God's plan and purpose and how to live out the fullness of the Christian life.
Meet St. Thérèse as never before in this latest book from Br. Joseph Schmidt! He provides practical teachings on how to live a life of grace and gratitude derived directly from the qualities and lessons that Thérèse learned to rely upon. Each chapter contains material directly from the writings and life experience of Thérèse, as well as mentoring messages that connect her wisdom with daily life today. It’s like having St. Thérèse as your spiritual director. And what could be better than that?