- Paperback: 220 pages
- Publisher: IVP Books; 59966th edition (April 28, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0830835512
- ISBN-13: 978-0830835515
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Seeking Spiritual Intimacy: Journeying Deeper with Medieval Women of Faith Paperback – April 28, 2011
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"This is a book that calls us to deeper devotion. It puts us in touch with God's work in the past and allows it to speak to our present. And the lives of the Beguines, as well as Myers's retelling of their stories and applications to our lives, blaze a sure trail for us between an apathetic spirituality that is always waiting for God to act and a life of Christian activity that forgets to rely on God." (Laura J. Hunt, Criswell Theological Review)
"The book sets a very high standard of personal work for the reader, but one that could only bring amazine results." (Libraries Alive!, Fall 2011)
"More than a historical look at a now-obscure movement, this is an eye-opening, heart-pricking invitation to live deeply and conscientiously now." (Jane Rubietta, speaker and critically acclaimed author of Come Closer and Come Along (www.JaneRubietta.com))
"If you hunger for adventure, desire to draw closer to the heart of God, or long for a deeper connection with God and the people in your life, pick up Glenn Myers's Seeking Spiritual Intimacy. Written with the understanding of a scholar and the spiritual insight of someone that keeps company with God, this powerfully simple book offers practical guidance to spiritual pilgrims young and old." (Michael Glerup, Eastern University, and coeditor of Ezekiel, Daniel in the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture series)
"The desire for union with God is the perennial longing of the human heart. In Seeking Spiritual Intimacy, Glenn Myers takes us on a fascinating pilgrimage to the Middle Ages and shows us how the Beguines sought to express and satisfy this desire as they grappled with spiritual formation issues that are just as real for us as they were for these thirteenth-century women: faith, living in God's presence and love, community, prayer, death to self, and the struggles with trials. Myers's eminently practical and insightful book brings front and center a spiritual wisdom that rings with contemporary relevance." (Albert Haase, O.F.M., author of This Sacred Moment, Living the Lord's Prayer and Coming Home to Your True Self)
About the Author
Glenn Myers received his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Ph.D. in church history from Boston University and has completed graduate studies in spiritual theology from Regent College. For the past ten years Dr. Myers has served on faculty at Crown College, where he provides spiritual direction to many young men in addition to teaching spiritual formation, church history and Bible classes. Myers is a pastor and professor whose desire is to see believers deepen their encounter with the Lord and experience substantive transformation in their lives. As well as leading retreats on Lectio Divina, solitude and silence, Glenn offers a variety of courses in the history of Christian spirituality, prayer and spiritual growth. Before coming to Minnesota, Glenn and his wife Sharon served four years on the mission field in Eastern Europe. In addition to walking and hiking, they enjoy traveling and studying together, often visiting sites in Europe where spiritual leaders of past centuries once walked. Glenn also enjoys wilderness camping in the Boundary Waters in the summer.
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It shows that lay spirituality can be greater than traditional vocations, when it is divinely inspired. However, because you cannot control the Spirit, it causes the Church great angst, as they are trying to hold the ship on a stormy sea and they see this as a rival, not a help.
It is a lifestyle fit for this generation of single men/women, who can purchase a large home and setup a lay community based on silent prayer, good reading and better sharing.
Myers book is a mixture of biography of 4 women who were beguines, as well as an insight into the spiritual practices and elements of these women and the movement as a whole. The book is a delight to read as well as challenging. These women would put many pastors to shame with their passion, commitment and love of Christ. It also shows that right there in the Medieval times the Lord had his lights shining across Europe. This was a real blessing and encouragement to read.
Myers does not try to write a mere history but attempts to engage the writings of the Beguines so as to reflect their impact on their society and the faith of Christians during the Medieval Period. The book introduces us to their general histories, the struggles with family and the acceptance of the Church to the writings and lifestyle of these women. In these pages we meet four of the leading women of this lay renewal movement.
The reader is invited at the end of each chapter to reflect on what they have read through a variety of practices. Though it has an extensive bibliography and could be considered worthy of textbook status, it is a book which connects us to themes common in our modern times such as the issue of suffering, creating community and even the issue of men's spirituality.
As theologians, historians, writers, clergy and lay people alike, try to engage a fuller understanding of Christian spiritual formation, all would do well to consider the influence and example of the Beguines. I found Myers writing engaging and the chapters applicable to my own spiritual journey and my ministry as a pastor and spiritual director. If you are indeed seeking spiritual intimacy or simply an understanding of the Beguine movement and history, I recommend adding Myers' work to your reading list.