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Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life Paperback – May 1, 1995
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About the Author
Dennis, Sheila, and Matt Linn have given retreats and seminars on processes for healing in over fifty countries and in many universities and hospitals, including a course to doctors accredited by the American Medical Association, Dennis and Matt are co-authors of twenty-one books, the last sixteen co-authored with Sheila. These books have sold over a million copies in English and have been translated into more than twenty different languages.
Top Customer Reviews
The book discusses not only the personal examen, but offers suggestions and stories about groups that have used the prayer, families that have grown closer to each other and to God using the prayer, and suggestions for varied ways of using the prayer. The book is easy to read with colorful illustrations which give it an inviting feel which will help the reader identify what is important, hold on to it, and if the spirit if the examen is kept, will see God's presence in daily life.
So my boyfriend lent me this book, which was given to him by a Jesuit priest, and it has been excellent for my baby-steps endeavor.
The process is thoroughly explained and there's even a 'trouble-shooting' section at the end that tells the reader what to do if upsetting or difficult problems arise during your examen reflections. I've been doing the examen process for a week now, each night, and it is a calming and educative way to end my day by listening to myself.
I would really recommend buying this book to give as gifts for people like myself who are curious....
It looks like a children's book. It is not. The authors tell the story of children orphaned by the bombing raids of WWII. The ones who were fortunate enough to land in refugee camps had lost so much, and had experienced starvation. They were so fearful that they couldn't sleep. Someone had the idea of sending each child to bed with a piece of bread to hold. Bread, real food to hold. And they could finally sleep because they knew that they would wake up and have something to eat in the morning.
And this is what this book can become. Food for the soul held in our hands as we review the day before we sleep. Food that can sustain us. Food that we can literally hold in our hands before we sleep, and have by our bedsides when we wake, so that we can be always certain that we will be fed, body and soul, by the sustaining grace of this practice of prayer.
This book will certainly be of value for adult seekers. It will also be a way to introduce teens to a powerful spiritual practice, and, approached sensitively, can even be a way to introduce younger children to the practice of looking for unkind acts and loving acts during the course of their days, learning gratitude and forgiveness.
Truly bread for the journey, doled out in small bites that we can hold in our hands when we sleep so that we can awaken with the assurance that we always have food to sustain. Bit of bread held close in sleep that is the bread that brings nourishment to the beginning of the new day.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I feel this book would be great for all families. We so often forget how blessed we are, just by little things in our every day life.This book creates a way to look each day.Published 3 days ago by Carla Bond
This lovely insightful book opened my eyes to the importance of seeing the life-giving events of the day, and seeing what is important for my heart to include more often in my... Read morePublished 1 month ago by D'sRoseGirl4
I haven't really read this book yet so I can't comment on it but it's by good authors.Published 1 month ago by zweifelmz
The content is terrific. Used it in an adults' church small group study. The drawings - especially the cover art - make it look like a children's book.Published 8 months ago by LMStar
This little book is changing my life! I am developing so much gratitude through this simple and quick habit of looking for God in the events of the day in review. Highly recommend. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Erin Shankel
It was refreshing to have a real life context for this ancient practice. The practice has provided meaning and a desire to introduce it in our youth ministry.Published 11 months ago by Golden Neal