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God in the Yard: Spiritual practice for the rest of us Paperback – May 15, 2010
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This brilliant work is one part inspirational, one part practical. I've not read a more groundbreaking book about spiritual discipline since Richard Foster, and I'll never think about communion again in quite the same way. --Marcus Goodyear, Senior Editor, TheHighCalling and Christianity Today's FaithInTheWorkplace
Mix Richard Foster and Annie Dillard in a blender, and you'll pour out God In the Yard, a cool smoothie of hope on the topic of spiritual practice. --Ginger Kolbaba, Editor, Christianity Today's 'Kyria'
This wonderful book causes us to pause, that we might discover and recover ourselves, God, others, and aspects of this amazing world in which we live. L.L. Barkat's wise words move us more deeply into matters of consequence. --David Naugle, professor of philosophy, Dallas Baptist University, and author of Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness
This is a book of meeting. A thoughtful, intentional exploration of what it means to live out spiritual disciplines in a modern context, by a writer with a poet's eye, arresting language and keen mind. --Ann Voskamp, of Holy Experience
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As she explains, for a year Barkat undertook a purposeful journey in "discovery and playing toward God." She didn't travel to a remote spiritual location or retreat house; instead, she spent time in her back yard. She didn't start with huge expectations; instead, she aimed at "gentle" results. She used a variety of tools - meditation, contemplation, writing and blogging.
In addition to her own journey and what she learned and found, the result was this book. It is like a little gem whose value is more like a pearl of great price.
Each of the 12 weeks centers on a topic and specific practice, with assignments and exercises. The topics range from invitation and celebration to silence and hospitality. She discusses what she learned, and invites the reader to learn as well. While it is a disciplined approach, it's not an onerous discipline but more of a gentle one.
What I particularly liked was how I slowed down and actually thought, for this book is as much if not more about thinking as doing. The exercises took me to places I didn't expect to go, reminding me of things I had long forgotten or simply needed to be reminded of. I thought, I wrote journal entries including several poems, and used blogging as a means to keep me on track.
And it worked. The whole book works, in fact, as a spiritual exercise, an exercise for the soul.
Oh, for the soul of a poet!
I've been on a quest for quite some time about spiritual disciplines. I want so much to hear God in a fresh way and I've been drawn to many books about spiritual disciplines in the last 10 years. Most books speak in generalities. This one gives you something to do, to actually help you in your quest to spend time with God and learn to hear His voice in your life.
I love this little book, because it's simple. I don't have the money nor the time to go off on a spiritual retreat or a silence retreat, although I'd love to. So, "God in the Yard" is a wonderful invitation to come aside in your own yard/corner/closet and spend a bit of time with God. I love to write, so this plays right into my hand, these exercises she suggests. But I think what really grabbed me was the pure simplicity of the questions in chapter one. Wanting to get to the end of the book was put aside as I read because I found I really WANTED to answer the questions. It's a first...
I'm looking forward to strolling through this book with God. Thank you L.L. for a sweet invitation to spend time with my Lord!
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beautifully written - would recommend if you are looking for the God in your world around you.Published 12 months ago by Donna Steeves
Not at all a book that held my interest, I quit reading it after 20 pages or so. Would not reccomend to a friend.Published on January 12, 2012 by jasL