Finding Your Voice by Looking Within
Author: Patrice Vecchione
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Inside the mind of every writer a story exists, and it is the writer's job to find it. But according to poet and teacher Patrice Vecchione, it's only when writers tap into their own spirituality, in whatever form, that they'll be able to find their true voices and release their stories. In the tradition of Anne Lamott's best-selling Bird by Bird, and Julia Cameron's The Right to Write, Writing and the Spiritual Life interweaves the remarks of prominent writers such as Annie Dillard and Joy Marjo with easy-to-follow writing activities.
Writing Haiku and The Spiritual Journey
Author: Clark Strand
A Zen Buddhist monk explains the value of haiku, a three-line, seventeen-syllable poem, as a writing meditation and spiritual guide and provides exercises to help readers compose their own haiku.
Exploring the Heart and Jewish Tradition, Revised Edition
Author: Merle Feld
Publisher: SUNY Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Includes new and updated material, as well as a readers’ guide with questions for writing and discussion groups.
Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography
Author: Carolly Erickson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Explains how to uncover one's unique spiritual path with a series of exercises for taking a personal inventory
Spiritual Life Writing for this World
Author: Heather Walton
Publisher: SCM Press
Not Eden represents a challenging new appraisal of the methods, purpose and practice of spiritual life writing. Part 1 examines some of the traditions that have governed spiritual life writing in the past. A dominant assumption, displayed in many confessional texts, has been that spiritual autobiographies chart a journey away from the concerns of this world towards a deeper understanding of the divine. However, alternative forms of spiritual life writing have always existed alongside these authoritative traditions. In these, spirituality appears as deeply interwoven with the fabric of everyday life. It is embodied, contingent and involves deep connections with others. Part 2 consists of a work of spiritual life writing in which the claims made in part one are explored and tested. It constitutes a fully worked example of the way in which spiritual life writing can enable us to face the deepest challenges of this world.
Author: Charlotte Elizabeth Dresser
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ... III. TESTS AND EVIDENTIAL MATTER I AM aware that the Society for Psychical Research has devoted its energies to proving the one fact of future existence, the continuity of human life after that which we call death. The circle with which we have been in communication regard that fact as already proved, and devote their messages largely to spiritual teachings and to descriptions of spirit life. In this volume, therefore, instruction concerning future existence is of chief importance. The tests or evidential incidents which we have received have mostly been given as a stimulus to our own faith, and by way of credentials, that through them others might believe the more serious communications. A few of these incidents are given in this chapter, trusting that they may serve to inspire belief in the messages that follow. The closing chapter of the book also contains some evidential matter. In 1918 Margaret Cameron's book, 'The Seven Purposes, ' was published. Having seen it advertised, I sent for a copy. Of the contents of the book, we knew absolutely nothing; and because of this ignorance, it occurred to us to try and secure some test through its pages. We therefore asked our instructor to give us some word or sentence used in the book. After a little time this reply came: "The name of Napoleon occurs in the book." When the book arrived I looked eagerly through its pages for the wished-for proof, but found only a reference to Napoleonic wars. We asked if that was what was meant, but were told: "No; Napoleon is mentioned." The next day Sis went through it very carefully, finding at last near its close, the name Napoleon in an inconspicuous sentence of four words. This name, occurring as it does but once in the entire book, seems to us perfect...
Decluttering and the Spiritual Life
Author: Mary Elizabeth Sperry
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
If cleanliness is next to godliness, do our closets have anything to say about the state of our souls? Decluttering became trendy with the 2014 release of Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. And while there’s no shortage of secular books promoting the practice, Making Room for God is the first book on organization from a Catholic perspective. Self-proclaimed pack rat Mary Elizabeth Sperry will help you make decluttering a prayerful, peace-filled, and soul-expanding experience. Popular Catholic speaker and Bible expert Mary Elizabeth Sperry explores the relationship between our stuff and Catholic beliefs about grace, sin, repentance, prayer, and the common good. She boldly affirms the goodness of our stuff and of God’s abiding presence in the worldly goods all around us. She also reminds us of how sin can distort our relationships, including the ones we have with our possessions. Through spiritual disciplines—especially prayer, fasting, and almsgiving—we can protect this relationship so that we own our possessions but they don't own us. Making Room for God offers an enticing and entertaining approach to decluttering, discipleship, and the spiritual life that makes tidying up seem almost fun. Writing from an unabashedly Catholic perspective and with convincing practicality, Sperry looks at the role of material goods in the life of a follower of Jesus. Each chapter includes humorous and often self-deprecating details of the author’s own journey through decluttering to help us believe that we, too, can simplify. Alongside these adventures are Sperry's rich spiritual insights gleaned from extensive knowledge of the Church’s tradition and helpful exercises for freeing ourselves from clutter and the temptation to sin it so often harbors. Sperry draws liberally from the Bible, liturgy, Fathers of the Church, lives of the saints, and Church teaching—especially that of Pope Francis—as she explores the relationship between our stuff and our spiritual lives. Practical elements offer a step-by-step approach to decluttering living spaces, getting rid of unused and excess items, and limiting future accumulation.
From Written Text to Living Word in the Liturgy
Author: Scott Hahn
The bestselling author of The Lamb’s Supper continues his thoughtful exploration of the complex relationship between the Bible and the Catholic liturgy in a revelatory work that will appeal to all readers. Scott Hahn has inspired millions of readers with his perceptive and unique view of Catholic theology and worship, becoming one of the most looked-to contemporary authorities in these areas. In Letter and Spirit, Hahn extends the message he began in The Lamb’s Supper, offering far-reaching and profound insights into what the Bible teaches us about living the spiritual life. For both Christians and Jews, the texts of the Bible are not simply records of historical events. They are intended, through public recitations in churches and synagogues, to bring listeners and readers into the sweeping story of redemption as it unfolds in the Bible. Focusing on the Catholic Mass, Hahn describes how God’s Word is meant to open our eyes to the life-giving power of the sacraments, and how the liturgy brings about the “actualization” of the saving truths of Scripture. Letter and Spirit is a stunningly original contribution to the field of biblical studies and will help Hahn’s many loyal and enthusiastic readers understand the relationship between the Bible and the Mass in a deeper way.
Author: Deborah Levine Herman
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Spiritual writers are drawn to the writing process by a powerful sense of mission, a desire to develop and share their special revelation with the world. But that call to write is often at odds with the realities of publishing and the commercial needs of publishers. Many writers feel they lack the knowledge and experience to cut through the red tape of the publishing industry. In Spiritual Writing, writer and literary agent Deborah Levine Herman and publisher Cynthia Black demystify the process and show writers how to create a book that both remains true to their vision and still conforms to the protocols of the publishing industry. Written with the intention of guiding and informing writers on their journey to publication, the book includes journaling exercises, tips on finding an agent and publisher, guidelines for writing query letters and proposals, a glossary of industry terms, and a comprehensive database that provides specifics on ''spirit-friendly'' publishers and agents. Friendly, humorous, and practical in tone, Spiritual Writing is much more than a ''how-to'' manual. It is also a captivating and motivating look at the spiritual life and the inspirational call to share one's peace joy, and wisdom with the world in writing.
Perspectives from Poets, Prophets, and Preachers
Author: Allan Hugh Cole
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
This revealing collection presents a selection of twenty poets, prophets, and preachers who share their understandings of what makes a "good spiritual life." They draw on their professional experiences and, as important, grace us with their personal thoughts. The result is essentially a textbook for spirituality courses, exposing readers to the spiritual lives of a wonderfully diverse group of people with a wide range of Christian experiences. Every reader is sure to find a perspective with which he or she can identify.
The Presence of Jesus through the Holy Spirit
Author: Andrew Murray
Publisher: CLC Publications
In a series of messages given at Moody Bible Institute in 1895, Andrew Murray explained how to live a life Spirit-filled. This book, coming from those messages, is wise and has timely counsel, offering practical, Biblical advice on allowing the Holy Spirit complete control over your life.
The Spiritual Life and Thought of Ibn ʻArabi
Author: Stephen Hirtenstein
Publisher: Anqa Publishing
Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi (AD 1165-1240) is unquestionably one of the most profound figures in the history of world spirituality, a visionary of superlative wisdom and compassion. Known as the 'Greatest Master' (al-Shaykh al-Akbar), he led an extraordinary inner and outer life. He travelled huge distances, from his native Spain to Syria and Turkey, writing over 350 books on the mystical path. His whole life was dedicated to exposing, at the deepest level, the primordial Unity underlying all human and natural existence, and the true degree of human dignity. The book presents a unique portrait of Ibn 'Arabi "from the inside", using his own writing to tell the story of his life and teachings. The biographical chapters, supplemented with photographs and maps, give a vivid picture of his life and times during the height of medieval culture. These are interwoven with a series of chapters that portray the central elements of his thought, and highlight their relevance in today's world. This unusual approach gives a direct flavour of Ibn 'Arabi's genius, whose life and thought are inextricably linked. Above all, his deep insights into what it means to be truly human are applicable to people of all times and places. This highly readable and lucid book will appeal to anyone interested in the heart of Sufism or the mystical path and has a unique arrangement of biographical chapters alternating with chapters on major themes in his work.
A New Look at the Spiritual Inspiration of His Life, Thought, and Writing
Author: Daniel P. Horan
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Daniel Horan, O.F.M., popular author of Dating God and other books on Franciscan themes—and expert on the spirituality of Thomas Merton—masterfully presents the untold story of how the most popular saint in Christian history inspired the most popular spiritual writer of the twentieth century, and how together they can inspire a new generation of Christians. Millions of Christians and non-Christians look to Thomas Merton for spiritual wisdom and guidance, but to whom did Merton look? In The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton, Franciscan friar and author Daniel Horan shows how, both before and after he became a Trappist monk, Merton’s life was shaped by his love for St. Francis and for the Franciscan spiritual and intellectual tradition. Given recent renewed interest in St. Francis, this timely resource is both informative and practical, revealing a previously hidden side of Merton that will inspire a new generation of Christians to live richer, deeper, and more justice-minded lives of faith.
English Carmelite Self-Writing of the Early Modern Period
Author: Dr Nicky Hallett
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Category: Literary Criticism
Nicky Hallett has uncovered a major new source of material by and about English nuns living in exile in the Low Countries during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This volume presents the women's voices in unmediated form, direct in all their vibrancy, with an extensive introduction that provides historical and cultural contexts for an understanding of the Lives, their sources and their authors. Lives of Spirit draws upon several remarkable sets of papers compiled in enclosed convents between 1619 and 1794. These documents show that religious women developed an astute system of auto/biographical practice within a protean political situation, and that, even in exile and from within enclosure, they sought to shape a distinctive contribution to devotional change within a reforming church. This volume reveals how the women's Lives challenge, as well as affirm, notions of gendered spirituality, refiguring traditions of female life-writing that extend from Catherine of Siena (1347 - 80) through the work of the Carmelite reformer, Teresa of Avila (1515 - 82), into the later modern period. The newness of the material in this book allows a radical reappraisal of the self-representation of religious women and of paradigms of life-writing in, and beyond, the early modern period. This book is of significant interest to scholars interested in early modern women's writing, female spirituality, and auto/biography more widely as a genre.
How to Use Channeling for Soul Growth & Healing
Author: Sara Wiseman
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Sara Wiseman shares clear, step-by-step instructions for channeling and channeled writing, including what to expect when first starting out. You will learn to use a journal for spiritual growth and to manifest your goals through writing. Once you get in the flow of Divine energies, you can receive answers to life's questions and challenges, meet your spirit guides, and tune in to universal truths.
Their origin in the spiritual teaching of Evagrius the Hermit
Author: Angela Tilby
Until recently little has been known about Evagrius of Pontus. His work on the eight evil thoughts was widely influential in the development of the idea of the Seven Deadly Sins in the Western Spiritual tradition. But those who followed him, from Cassian to Augustine, were more concerned with attributing guilt, and thought in a forensic way. This was very unlike the thought of Evagrius who concerned himself with questions about how to deal with evil thoughts and temptations in a healing way. Each chapter deals with one of the Thoughts, giving the contemporary background, the biblical and theological background, the teaching of Evagrius and what came after, and its relevance for us today.
The Golden Age of Spiritual Writing
Author: David Scott
Publisher: Society for Promoting Christian
Offers an introduction to the life and thought of five 17th century spiritual writers, explores the links between them, and looks at the ways in which their influence is seen to the present day.