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Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation (Transforming Resources) Hardcover – February 10, 2006

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Sacred Rhythms Invitation to Solitude & Silence Pursuing God's Will Together Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Invitation to Retreat
Published February 10, 2006 October 1, 2010 May 18, 2012 April 3, 2018 September 18, 2018
Awards Winner of a 2006 Logos Book Award Winner of a Christianity Today Book Award 2013 Logos Book of the Year in Spirituality/Devotional Academy of Parish Clergy - 2018 Top Ten List
Description Picking up on the monastic tradition of creating a rule of life that allows space for the practice of spiritual disciplines, Barton takes you deeper into understanding key spiritual disciplines and practical ideas for weaving them into everyday life. The beauty of a true invitation is that we really do have a choice about embarking on the adventure. Here is an invitation to meet God deeply and fully through solitude and silence. Includes a guide for groups to use for both discussion and practice. Church boards and other Christian leadership teams have long relied on secular models for leadership practice. Barton helps teams transition to a much more fitting model—the spiritual community that practices discernment together. Weaving together contemporary illustrations with perceptive insight from the life of Moses, Barton explores topics such as facing the loneliness of leadership, leading from your authentic self, reenvisioning the promised land and more. Barton gently & eloquently leads us into an exploration of retreat as a key practice that opens us to God, guiding us through seven invitations to retreat. You will discover how to say yes to God's winsome invitation to greater freedom and surrender.

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Christian spiritual disciplines are all the rage, and joining the legions of "how-to" books reintroducing contemporary Christians to ancient practices is this offering by Barton, a spiritual director and retreat leader (Invitation to Solitude and Silence). With elegant writing and a personal touch, she covers the basics handily—the role of desire and longing in relationship with God, praying with scripture, and the need for solitude, self-examination, discernment and Sabbath. She concludes with an exercise that helps one develop a "rule of life," or commitment to "structure and space for our growing." What makes Barton's handbook different from the rest is her personality; she describes the practices with the gentle touch of an understanding and knowing mystic, telling her own stories along the way. Barton recounts the time she and her bicycle were run over by a minivan (miraculously, she was not seriously hurt) and as she recuperated, she pondered whether this accident was a time to reconsider her need for Sabbath: "I did not want to acknowledge the possibility that it was that hard for God to get my attention." This book is a wonderful starting point for Christians eager to more deeply explore the life of the Spirit. (Mar. 30)
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"Blessed is the person who has some voice in her or his life saying what Ruth Haley Barton says. Sacred Rhythms is a book I have treasured." (Trey Turner, The Baptist Standard, June 9, 2008)

"[Barton] describes the practices with the gentle touch of an understanding and knowing mystic." (Publishers Weekly, January 29, 2006)

"Ruth Haley Barton offers much wise, sane, concrete help for people who are ready for the 'more' of God amidst their busy lives, and want a better way to arrange their lives to receive God's transforming presence. She clearly spells out an excellent rhythm of classical spiritual practices that can keep us open and available to God's transforming actions in and among us. She grounds these practices in our own deepest desires, connecting those desires with God's desire for our well-being. She shares some of her own personal experiences as a sometimes struggling Christian in an honest and inspiring way. She gives very helpful guidelines for using the book within a group of people who are seeking to create better conditions in their lives to receive God's transforming presence.
I think this book will be of enormous value to individuals and groups who are seeking to more fully ground all dimensions of their often fragmented and hectic daily lives in the liberating ground of God's transforming presence, with the help of a rhythm of vital spiritual practices that can keep us available to that loving presence." (Tilden Edwards, author of Sabbath Time and Living in the Presence)

"Our natural tendency is to push, work longer and strive. In a kind, compelling and beautiful voice Ruth Haley Barton invites us to listen to an inner pulse that can be heard only when we are quiet. The path is one that Ruth has walked with honesty and integrity. The fruit of her labor is a sweet call to know our lives need not be harried or harbor fruitless exhaustion." (Dan B. Allender, Ph.D., professor and former president, Mars Hill Graduate School, and author of The Wounded Heart)

"Ruth Barton confirms what you've suspected―there is more to life than what most of us are living. This volume serves as a great primer for helping us get in touch with and follow our longings―all the way to God!" (Reggie McNeal, author of The Present Future and A Work of Heart)

"Too many people are suffering with CFS (Christian Fatigue Syndrome). Ruth Haley Barton is herself a CFS survivor, and she shares here―in a warm and personal yet lucid and thoughtful writing style―how she has been restored to life's sacred rhythms. My experience mirrors hers, and I will enthusiastically recommend this book widely―both as preventative medicine and as needed therapy." (Brian McLaren, speaker and author of A New Kind of Christian)

Product details

  • Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
  • Hardcover : 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0830833331
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0830833337
  • Publisher : IVP Books; Annotated Edition (February 10, 2006)
  • Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.87 x 8.56 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 350 ratings
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