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The Listening Day: Meditations On The Way, Volume One Paperback – April 18, 2017
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Every morning of their dusty journey, the Jews found bread on the ground: manna. That was the mysterious bread that fed them, sustained them, kept them on the way. Pastor's book will be just that manna for your soul. The mysteries within cannot be fully understood, or even articulated, but they will feed you. I commend this book heartily. Get up. Your morning has come. Eat the mystery that this book describes.(Dr. A.J. Swoboda, author of The Dusty Ones: Why Wandering Deepens Your Faith and pastor of Theophilus Church in Portland, Oregon)
With the debut of The Listening Day, I can say with great confidence and enthusiasm that Paul J. Pastor is one of the best spiritual writers of this generation. In fact, this breathtakingly beautiful offering has turned Pastor into one of my favorite writers of all time. It is clear that each meditation is the fruit of unhurried time spent in the presence of God. As you read, you will be nourished with the nourishment Pastor received from God. It has truly been a means of grace to me a great gift. I will recommend it to everyone I know.(Marlena Graves, author of A Beautiful Disaster: Finding Hope in the Midst of Brokenness)
The lofty work of considering the divine can often be disembodied and disconnected from eathbound beauty and the human condition. Paul reattaches the divine and the human in a poetic and thoughtful reading experience. (Dan Haseltine, founder of Blood:Water and lead singer of Jars of Clay)
My heart's desire is to trust; to live inside the grace of one day. In your hands is a brilliantly crafted companion for your journey into living that grace. I love The Listening Day because it is helping me do just that.(Wm Paul Young, author of The Shack, Cross Roads, Eve: A Novel, and Lies We Believe about God)
The Listening Day is a devotional of creative exercise for the way we interact with both our own hearts and with God. At turns surprising, poignant, joyful, and devastating, Pastor invites us into new ways of seeing on each page. It caused me to notice both the rocky and the soft soil in the garden of my heart, and by the end, I had already discovered new places where the truly good news was able to bloom.(D.L.Mayfield, author of Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith)
Here is a book to be read slowly and savored. These meditations will help you become more present to God and more aware of his work in your life and the world. Read and be nourished.(Dr. Kris Kandiah, author of Paradoxology: Why Christianity Was Never Meant to Be Simple and founding director of Home for Good)
About the Author
Paul J. Pastor is a writer living in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge. His writing on Christian spirituality has won numerous awards and critical recognition for its beauty, insight, and biblical depth. With an MA in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary, Pastor brings his passionate style and unique insights to life as a frequent speaker at churches and universities. Pastor and his wife Emily serve as deacons of spiritual formation at Theophilus Church in Portland, Oregon. They have three children.
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This little book is taking my breath away. I am tired of the boring language used to speak about God. I'm tired of many Christian books all sounding the same, never seeming to do justice to the vast wildness of the God I read in scripture. This devotional is like nothing I've read, but it is like the Voice that I know. I think that is its magic.
Each entry is one beautifully formatted page that is carefully focused on a conversation between the Lord and the author. Each entry is written so that you are immediately placed into the conversation yourself, and the language keeps you there. When reading another person's prayers, I usually move in and out of identifying as a part of the conversation, but that isn't the case here.
Here's part of an entry titled, "The Bonfire of Worry," that cites Philippians 4:6-7 and 1 Peter 5:7:
"Listen! Do you hear the anger of the world, swirling like wind in the thorn tree? Do you hear the hiss of its cruelty? Do you feel the sting and spit of it, seeking to terrify, to distract, to kill?
Yes, and I am angry at my fear.
It has no power.
Let me tell you a story of your future:
There is a brush pile I have made, in a field beside a river. On it I have heaped the cares of all my children. The worry is all broken out-- its stalks snapped, its poison dry. It is only brushwood now, thorns and weedy thistles. One word from me will spark a blaze.
Yes. And you shall dance there with me, leaping the fire and laughing. All my children will spit in the ash of dead worries. We will paint our faces with them and laugh in our holy wildness. We will watch the embers glow until, deep in the pile, we see the glint of gold and silver -- treasure long hidden by the brush. We will pull it out and drape ourselves with beauty, white-hot and pure. We will laugh at the white flames, until the stars look down and say, 'Tonight, a sister has been born to us.' And so bright our joy will be, flashing like rubies, that their words will be true.
But for now, peace."
The author's voice is in italics in the book (italics aren't allowed in reviews, "I am angry at my fear" and "burn") and each entry is finished with a short prayer that guides my own prayers. Often when I read a book I think of the people that I would like to share it with, which is naturally limited to a few because of their interests or place in life. This one I would recommend to many because the reach of the voice of God here is so broad and so accurate. All the common Christian buzzwords are delightfully absent. It's so beautiful to hold, and like another reviewer said, the matte cover just looks amazing. Abandon your $5 coffee and buy this instead. Highly recommend!
This book is exactly what I needed. Pastor's words hit home day after day, reorienting my thinking and helping me to slow my soul to listen again. The meditations are framed with Scripture and prayer, but infused with profound and beautifully written insights, the fruit of many hours of stillness in God's presence. Reading each entry is a challenging and delightful journey!
So thankful for this little powerhouse of a book.