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Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices Perfect Paperback – June 1, 2003
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Some older prayer traditions feel understandable and comfortable to use after reading Wolpert's book. Some creative prayer understandings make sense, e.g., the idea of group journaling and praying with nature. I especially like the way Wolpert identifies creativity as prayer. Of course God speaks through creative expression! There's also good news about the body--as in body prayer! Wolpert speaks graceful words to our often negative understandings of the body (or at least how we seem not to measure up to magazine cover standards).
This book is rooted in Christ, in the teachings of the Bible, in Christian tradition. It helps us open spiritually to God.
‘Creating a Life with God’ looks down through the Christian centuries at among others Anthony, Benedict, Francis, the lay women Beguines, the author of the Cloud of Unknowing, Julian of Norwich and Ignatius of Loyola. These were illuminated by solitude, Lectio Divina scriptural prayer, the Jesus Prayer, seeing God in nature, journaling and use of the body in prayer. The book looks at individual and corporate exercise of each discipline impact and provides step-by-step instruction for the use of each in an Appendix. ‘The trajectory of our prayer practices is slowly and inevitably drawing us out into the world around us; from the silent, solitary reflection upon scripture to the dark cloud of unknowing to the gentle resonance of the name of Jesus, we are led into an examination of the traces of God in our lives. This is the nature of a life with God: our experiences of the Holy naturally lead beyond ourselves, as God seeks to use us to show the power of divine love to others.’
I particularly valued Daniel Wolpert’s presentation of the Examen of Ignatius and the insight about how reviewing our lives employs the vehicle of time to show us our deep seated needs and strengths.Read more ›
*Creating a Life with God* organizes prayer into four topical categories: the foundations of solitude and Scripture, mental prayer, body prayer, and outwardly focused prayer. His group practices tend to direct people to do a practice individually and then share the results (debrief), rather than praying the method as a community. Wolpert takes a light approach toward Scripture, referencing theological ideas to supporting Scriptures infrequently. In lectio divina, he first directs readers to look for words or phrases from a Scripture passage that interest them personally, passing up Daniel J. Harrington's first "rung" of thinking about Scripture in Biblical context. He addresses various historical figures and their stories rather loosely throughout the book, calling them "traveling companions."
When Wolpert considers addressing God directly, he does not deal with the difficulties that masculine pronouns for God might pose (or cite the biblical descriptions of God's female characteristics). He simply declines to use pronouns. Neither does he overtly reference the reader's need to deal with sin and be freed from oppression. (For example: he omits the designation "a sinner" from his Jesus Prayer.) The concept of a relationship with God arises toward the end of Wolpert's book.
If you're starting from a mainline position, *Creating a Life with God* is a great place to begin.Read more ›
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I bought this book to add to my "bad theology" section of my library and because I wanted to understand what a friend was getting in to. Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. Foster
Very well written. It is designed to awaken one's mind to receive blessings from God by praying in the Spirit.Published 14 months ago by amanda
So far, this book has been very helpful. I'm reading for a class and it's been really good.Published 15 months ago by Jack Gillespie
The book provides new and exciting ways to look at our relationship with our Heavenly Father and Jesus.Published 16 months ago by sherry
This book is very readable, practical and full of helpful ideas without being preachy. It speaks of difficulties through history with finding a life with God but the focus is on... Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Labbrat
this book was recommended by district supr. david byrum, east district of the umc. indiana conf. i read it first, then went back to what i had highlighted and began to see not... Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by Henry Wood Jr
Explains different types of prayer and meditation from a Christian perspective. Encourages you to get in a quiet zone and cast about for God's voice.Published on July 20, 2012 by The Kat