"Awaken Your Senses
by J. Brent Bill and Beth A. Booram is a beautiful invitation to explore and embody the sacred sensual world. This delightful work invites us into a greater integration of head and heart, mind and spirit, through the use of mindful and creative exercises. It is a wonderful companion and guide for becoming more centered, present and aware in the midst of a busy life. What a joy to drink deep of Awaken Your Senses
!" (Carrie Newcomer, Rounder recording artist, The Geography of Light)"Awaken Your Senses
invites us to notice God's movement in and around us. These pages grant us a permission to remember, and yet be more present through the conduit of our senses. This is the sort of resource that can help us keep a more rhymed company with God." (Randy D. Reese, author of Spiritual Mentoring)
"Amazingly, we become dull to something as extraordinary as life, and bored by someone as awesome as God. This book woke me up without beating me up, and gave me tangible, practical ways to savor the sacrament of life, to have genuine gratitude for my body and its senses, and to sink into the glory of God until I felt nothing but joy. Read this and be blessed." (James Bryan Smith, author of The Good and Beautiful God)
"With Awaken Your Senses,
Brent Bill and Beth Booram have given us a superb resource for seeking the God of life through sensuous experience, a way of knowing that has been sadly neglected--and too often held suspect--by the church. How did a faith based on the claim that 'the Word became flesh' become so divorced from bodily, incarnate knowledge? Here is a beautiful book that will help us reclaim our bodies, our senses and our relationship with God." (Parker J. Palmer, author of Let Your Life Speak)
"This book is a feast for the senses. It is an invitation to see, hear, smell, taste and touch deeper spiritual realities through physical senses that are awake and alert to God in all of life. It gently but powerfully leads us into a life that is truly sacramental and enriched through the use of Scripture, personal stories and beautiful images." (Juliet Benner, spiritual director and author of Contemplative Vision)
About the Author
Brent Bill is a writer, retreat leader and Quaker minister. He's the author and coauthor of many books, including Sacred Compass: The Way of Spiritual Discernment, Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality, Mind the Light: Learning to See with Spiritual Eyes, Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and Message,
and Imagination and Spirit: A Contemporary Quaker Reader.
In addition, he is the author of more than one hundred short stories, nonfiction articles and the popular blog Holy Ordinary.
Bill is a graduate of Wilmington College and the Earlham School of Religion. He has been a local church pastor, denominational executive, seminary faculty member and go-cart track operator. Bill lives with his wife on Ploughshares Farm, fifty acres of Indiana farmland that is being reclaimed for native hardwood forests and warm season prairie grasses.
Beth Booram is the co-founder and director of Sustainable Faith Indy, an urban retreat center in Indianapolis, where she leads The School of Spiritual Direction and offers individual and group spiritual direction. Beth designs and facilitates contemplative retreats and speaks around the country on spiritual formation and Christian leadership. Beth has authored several books including Awaken Your Senses, Picturing the Face of Jesus,
and The Wide Open Spaces of God.
She spent sixteen years on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ and has served in several pastoral roles within the local church, including at a 6,500 member church, where she led a weekly women's ministry of more than 500 women. Beth and her husband Dave have four children and reside in Fishers, Indiana.