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Connecting with God

A Spiritual Formation Guide

by Julia L. Roller, Lynda L. Graybeal

How can we expe­ri­ence God?

God has com­mu­ni­cat­ed with his peo­ple through­out the ages in many ways. Adam and Eve encoun­tered him direct­ly in the Gar­den of Eden, Tere­sa of Avi­la expe­ri­enced him through visions, and Fran­cis of Assisi heard his voice through nature. Con­nect­ing with God gives prac­ti­cal advice for com­muning on a deeply per­son­al lev­el with God. It uncov­ers new places to look for God, while pro­vid­ing reflec­tion ques­tions and activ­i­ties to rein­vig­o­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tion with God in such tra­di­tion­al areas as prayer and Bible study.

Divid­ed into twelve chap­ters con­ve­nient­ly orga­nized for indi­vid­ual or group study, each sec­tion explores a dif­fer­ent area in which we can deep­en our indi­vid­ual com­mu­nion with God, includ­ing: Liv­ing with God • Talk­ing with God • Meet­ing God in Scrip­ture • Lis­ten­ing to God Through the Cre­ation • Hear­ing God Through Oth­er Peo­ple • Per­ceiv­ing God in Cir­cum­stances • Seek­ing God in Silence • See­ing God in Dreams and Visions • Sens­ing God’s Pres­ence • Encoun­ter­ing God’s Mes­sen­gers • Wrestling with God • Walk­ing with God.

The Ren­o­varé Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion Guides, cre­at­ed by Richard J. Fos­ter and the team that devel­oped The Ren­o­varé Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion Bible and the long­stand­ing A Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion Work­book, pro­vide tan­gi­ble lessons that help us become spir­i­tu­al­ly formed, con­formed, and trans­formed into the image of Jesus Christ. Geared for either indi­vid­ual study or use in small groups with chap­ter struc­ture sim­i­lar to A Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion Work­book, each Ren­o­varé Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion Guide explores one facet of our life with God, pro­vid­ing read­ings from Scrip­ture as well as clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary works of spir­i­tu­al­i­ty. The com­bi­na­tion of read­ings, reflec­tion ques­tions, exer­cis­es, and activ­i­ties makes these books invalu­able inter­ac­tive guides that prompt true spir­i­tu­al growth. And they are a tremen­dous resource for con­nect­ing Scrip­ture study with larg­er spir­i­tu­al for­ma­tion ideas and themes.

2006

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