Invitation to Solitude and Silence - Experiencing God`s Transforming Presence

Invitation to Solitude and Silence - Experiencing God`s Transforming Presence

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Winner of a Christianity Today Book Award

Much of our faith and practice is about words-preaching, teaching, talking with others. 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?
This expanded edition includes a guide for groups to use both in discussing the book content and in learning to practice silence together.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 166 pages
  • 149 x 216 x 25mm | 352g
  • Inter-Varsity Press,US
  • Illinois, United States
  • English
  • Expanded ed.
  • 0830835458
  • 9780830835454
  • 20,915

Table of contents

Foreword by Dallas Willard


First Kings 19:1-19

1 Beyond Words

2 Beginnings

3 Resistance

4 Dangerously Tired

5 Rest for the Body

6 Rest for the Mind

7 Rest for the Soul

8 Emptiness

9 Facing Ourselves

10 Pure Presence

11 Receiving Guidance

12 For the Sake of Others

Appendix: A Day in Solitude

Sharing Silence: A Guide for Groups


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If you would really like to know the 'rest appropriate for the people of God' (Heb 4:9), then make the decision to leave all outcomes to God and enter the practice of solitude and silence with Ruth Barton as your guide. As you do so, call upon Jesus to be with you, and trust him for that. In a relatively short period of time you will come to know the 'rest unto your souls' promised by him who is meek and lowly of heart.--From the foreword by Dallas Willard, author of Renovation of the Heart
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About Ruth Haley Barton

Ruth Haley Barton is a spiritual director, teacher, author and retreat leader trained at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation (Washington, D.C.). She is founder of the Transforming Center, a ministry of spiritual formation to pastors and Christian leaders, along with the congregations and organizations they serve.
Educated at Wheaton College and Northern Seminary, Barton has served at several churches, including Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Her books include Sacred Rhythms, Longing for More and Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership (all InterVarsity Press). Dallas Willard (1935-2013) was a professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for over forty years. A highly influential author and teacher, Willard was as celebrated for his enduring writings on spiritual formation as he was for his scholarship. His books include The Divine Conspiracy (Christianity Today?s Book of the Year in 1998), The Spirit of the Disciplines, Hearing God, Renovation of the Heart and others. His books have received numerous Christianity Today Annual Book Awards and other recognitions.
Willard served on the boards of the C. S. Lewis Foundation and Biola University, and was a member of numerous evaluation committees for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. He received bachelor?s degrees from both Tennessee Temple College and Baylor University and a graduate degree at Baylor University, as well as a PhD from the University of Wisconsin in Philosophy and the History of Science.
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