INVITATION TO SOLITUDE AND SILENCE RUTH HALEY BARTON PDF

Regarding the general content of the book, I really enjoyed it - she covers I was a tiny bit uncomfortable with some of the language the author used, many of which are regularly used in new-age publications by unbiblical "churches" Regarding the general content of the book, I really enjoyed it - she covers principles that I was taught as a new believer. Regular, quiet, intimate time and relationship with Jesus - time spent alone with Him, both speaking to Him in prayer and then listening for His direction and guidance, is what I was nursed on as a baby Christian! Points that I resonated with: a. I was created with a desire for God - for reunion and communion with Him.

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Regarding the general content of the book, I really enjoyed it - she covers I was a tiny bit uncomfortable with some of the language the author used, many of which are regularly used in new-age publications by unbiblical "churches" Regarding the general content of the book, I really enjoyed it - she covers principles that I was taught as a new believer.

Regular, quiet, intimate time and relationship with Jesus - time spent alone with Him, both speaking to Him in prayer and then listening for His direction and guidance, is what I was nursed on as a baby Christian! Points that I resonated with: a. I was created with a desire for God - for reunion and communion with Him. I can only find lasting fulfillment in quiet time with Jesus. I have to be wary of allowing myself to become dangerously tired. Our family observes the Sabbath for this reason.

Even with observing the Sabbath though - having a day once we get home from church of just family hang-out time, not work or shopping or chores - I still have to watch how much I commit myself to. I have to allow myself to say No based on putting my family and my ability to care for and be there for them first.

But the second greatest commandment is to love others as yourself. She had a lot to say about quieting the mind, which I really resonate with right now. I will say, when I finally lay my head down at night, my body may be exhausted but my brain is still running a million miles an hour.

I think what I need to do more is stop working right up until bedtime, and spend that last time before I lay down in quiet time with Jesus, wether just being with Him in silence, our journaling, or drawing I think it will help quiet my mind so I fall asleep faster. She talked in a manner about having a quiet spirit so that we can hear the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

I am finding this to be so true as we are in ministry. If my mind is constantly full of all that must be done, I feel too busy to stop and listen to those promptings. Life is busy! If I continue to invest regular quiet time alone with Jesus, He will calm my waters and speak what I need to hear and restore and refresh my soul.

It was full of such helpful thoughts and ideas, and I have adopted a few new concrete practices that I hope will blossom more trust in my heart, and then overflow in more tangible love!! Thankfully, this book did not encourage my often selfish craving to be alone and think, but challenged that tendency! She writes of how our desire for God often masked by a desire for other things and our capacity to connect with him as I think I will use this book and refer back to it for the rest of my life.

She writes of how our desire for God often masked by a desire for other things and our capacity to connect with him as a soul is the truest essence of who we are.

She notes that solitude and silence are not indulgent exercises for when we are too busy and tired, but a way of acting in dependence on Him - a decision and practice that we then carry with us into our lives with others I laughed when I read the chapter on rest for the mind because it nailed me! My mind distracts me from the very thing my soul is longing for, the experience of rest and communion with God.

I seem to always be occupying myself with things to great and marvelous for me.. Note to my future self: This is where I got the poem for beginning the day, the nighttime prayer of examen, the "wall of mental impasse", and the trust envelope.

This book does something that many attempt, but very few actually accomplish: change the life of the reader. I am convinced that the reason so many people have stopped growing in their faith is not because they are overcome with sin, but because they are overcome with distractions.

This book offers a better way forward--a way into silence and solitude with the presence of God. I highly recommend this to a culture intoxicated Some books inform the mind, while others entertain the imagination. I highly recommend this to a culture intoxicated with entertainment and unable to pay attention to one thing for more than 8 seconds.

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Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God's Transforming Presence

Yet all of these words are not enough to take us into the real presence of God where we can hear his voice. This book is an invitation to you to meet God deeply and fully outside the demands and noise of daily life. It is an invitation to solitude and silence. The beauty of a true invitation is that we really do have a choice about embarking on this adventure. God extends the invitation, but he honors our freedom and will not push himself where he is not wanted. Instead, he waits for us to respond from the depths of our desire. Will you say yes?

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To seek to fill a book with words about moving beyond words into solitude and silence is a daunting task; it is laughable really, if one sees the irony in it all. I have found myself. On the one hand, I have been drawn to the task because my journey into solitude and silence has been the single most meaningful aspect of my spiritual life to date. On the other hand, I am aware of the continuing challenge solitude and silence represent in my own life. Ruth Haley Barton describes how she has discovered the real presence of God--the God who is present through the practice of solitude and silence.

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