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Product Details

  • Paperback: 151 pages
  • Publisher: Paraclete Pr (September 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557254893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557254894
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,444,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Those seeking a series of clever tips for cultivating spiritual growth overnight will not want to delve into this deceptively simple meditation on the Quaker custom of mindful seeing. A Friends minister and author of Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality, Bill describes his book as "a way of seeing our inner and outer lives with spiritual eyes and discovering the connectedness between inner and outer sight." Like a neighborly conversation across a kitchen table, this slender volume emphasizes the mundane details of daily life as they are enlightened by being attentive to the Spirit of God that Quakers believe dwells within each person. As much the writer's spiritual diary as it is an objective primer in spiritual exploration, the book includes chapters on learning to see God's light in creation, in others, within ourselves and in God. Brimming with homely parables of spiritual illumination found in museum exhibits, snowstorms or the expression on his beloved wife Nancy's face (she appears quite frequently), the book is punctuated with frequent "illuminating moments" or questions intended to evoke reflection. Bill's plethora of examples of spiritual sight sometimes overwhelm the point he wants to make, but readers interested in learning more about Quaker spiritual practices will find this a useful volume. (Sept.)
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About the Author

J. Brent Bill is an expert guide to Quaker spirituality. Author of Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality, his writing and photographs have appeared in Christianity Today, Group, and many other periodicals. A Friends minister, he and his wife Nancy live on Ploughshares Farm outside Mooresville Indiana. He is the Executive Vice President of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, Inc.

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Brent is a writer and Quaker minister who lives in rural Indiana. He's the author of numerous books (including "Awaken Your Senses: Exercises for Exploring the Wonder of God," "Sacred Compass: The Way of Spiritual Discernment", "Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality" and "Mind the Light: Learning to See with Spiritual Eyes") and magazine articles, a writing instructor and coach, and popular speaker and retreat leader. Visit his website at www.brentbill.com or his blog at holyordinary.blogspot.com. You can also follow him Twitter (@brentbill) and "friend" him on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/J.BrentBill)

His newest book is "Finding God in the Verbs: Crafting a Fresh Language of Prayer." Do you long for deeper communion with God? Spiritual director Jennie Isbell and Quaker minister Brent Bill know how easy it is to lapse into repetitious refrains of prayer: "Our hearts told us that we had lapsed into easy God speak. We weren't reaching deep into our spirits and drawing out living words of praise, confession, concern, intercession and longing. We were tired of speaking in clipped shorthand to God. We wanted to pray in such a way that we showed up with our whole selves." If you have experienced a similar longing, come join the authors on this prayer journey into the deep waters of the Spirit. This book offers companionship and guidance as you begin to notice, consider and deepen your prayer experiences, with refreshing exercises sprinkled through every chapter to offer you a fresh language for prayer. Find God here--in the nouns and the verbs of your conversation.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Greer on October 27, 2006
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Reminding us that "All God's creatures move toward the light--flowers, trees, people," Quaker minister and writer Brent Bill muses on the importance of light, both within and beyond us. In his uniquely gentle--and often humorous--style, Bill plumbs the rich outpourings of God's commandment, "let there be light." He is struck by the stunning light in a painting by Chardin, by the varieties of seasonal light, by the light that plays upon his wife's hair, by the light he encounters in those he loves. He also encourages us to plumb those outpourings through "illuminating moments" that invite us to reflect on creation, ourselves, each other, and God.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gdr on June 8, 2013
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There were several queries that offered insight for me as a beginning Quaker. Would recommend the book for anyone starting out in Quakerism.
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By Mary Glynn Williamson on September 17, 2014
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Treat yourself to this amazing little book. It will illuminate your path in the most wonderful way.
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By Keith Little on October 19, 2014
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