Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God's Transforming Presence

Winner of a Christianity Today 2005 Book Award To seek to fill a book with words about moving beyond words into solitude and silence is a daunting task it is laughable really, if one sees the irony in it all I have found myself drawn to the task and yet somehow strangely resistant On the one hand, I have been drawn to the task because my journey into solitude andWinner of a Christianity Today 2005 Book Award To seek to fill a book with words about moving beyond words into solitude and silence is a daunting task it is laughable really, if one sees the irony in it all I have found myself drawn to the task and yet somehow strangely resistant On the one hand, I have been drawn to the task because my journey into solitude and silence has been the single most meaningful aspect of my spiritual life to date On the other hand, I am aware of the continuing challenge solitude and silence represent in my own life Even though it has been well over ten years since I first said yes to God s invitations to enter intentionally into these disciplines, I still find it challenging to protect space for these times apart which so deeply satisfy the empty places of my soul.Ruth Haley Barton describes how she has discovered the real presence of God the God who is present through the practice of solitude and silence Her book invites you to meet God deeply and fully outside the demands and noise of daily life It is a call to the adventure of spiritual transformation an adventure that will lead you to freedom and authenticity, allowing you to become the person God created you to be.In Invitation to Solitude and Silence Barton offers spiritual guidance for your journey, helping you to hear God s call clearly and showing you concrete ways to say yes Chapter by chapter she combines teaching and reflection on different aspects of the journey with activities and disciplines that will help you to practice solitude and silence Barton offers the prophet Elijah as a biblical guide for your journey And she offers her own perspective to help you understand the ups and downs you might experience along the way.The beauty of a true invitation is that you really do have a choice You can say yes or no God is waiting for you to respond to him from the depths of your desire for relationship, belonging and transformation Will you say yes
Invitation to Solitude and Silence Experiencing God s Transforming Presence Winner of a Christianity Today Book Award To seek to fill a book with words about moving beyond words into solitude and silence is a daunting task it is laughable really if one sees the irony in

  • Title: Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God's Transforming Presence
  • Author: Ruth Haley Barton
  • ISBN: 9780830823864
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Invitation to Solitude and Silence Experiencing God s Invitation to Solitude and Silence provides wonderful spiritual companionship on the quest for intimacy with God Read it through to stir your appetite, then return to savor each chapter, engaging the practical steps into the silence where your soul can find rest in the Father s arms. Invitation to Solitude and Silence Experiencing God s Invitation to Solitude and Silence Experiencing God s Transforming Presence by Ruth Haley Barton, Dallas Will Winner of a Christianity Today Book Award Much of our faith and practice is about words preaching, teaching, talking with others. Invitation to Solitude and Silence InterVarsity Press It is an invitation to solitude and silence The beauty of a true invitation is that we really do have a choice about embarking on this adventure God extends the invitation, but he honors our freedom and will not push himself where he is not wanted. Invitation to Solitude and Silence Experiencing God s God s invitation to solitude and silence is an invitation to enter into a deeper, intimate relationship with our Lord Each chapter of the book offers teachings, reflections and ideas of how to put solitude and silence into practice. Invitation to Solitude and Silence Experiencing God s It is an invitation to solitude and silence The beauty of a true invitation is that we really do have a choice about embarking on this adventure God extends the invitation, but he honors our freedom and will not push himself where he is not wanted. New Podcast Season Season From Invitation to Solitude Ruth s book, Invitation to Solitude and Silence, was written years ago a lot has changed and not necessarily for the better Distraction is an even bigger problem in our modern day Distraction is an even bigger problem in our modern day. Invitation to Solitude and Silence In Invitation to Solitude and Silence Barton offers spiritual guidance for your journey, helping you to hear God s call clearly and showing you concrete ways to say yes Chapter by chapter she combines teaching and reflection on different aspects of the journey with activities and disciplines that will help you to practice solitude and Invitation to Solitude and Silence by Ruth Haley Barton In Invitation to Solitude and Silence, Barton offers spiritual guidance for your journey, helping you to hear God s call clearly and showing you concrete ways to say yes Chapter by chapter, she combines teaching and reflection on different aspects of the journey with activities and disciplines that will help you to practice solitude and Linda Stoll Invitation to Solitude Silence Book Open Welcome to Gathering of the Invitation to Solitude Silence Experiencing God s Transforming Presence Book Open House For six weeks, we ll be exploring Ruth Haley Barton s little guidebook, hopefully with a yearning to grasp hold of and put into practice the spiritual invitations that God is lovingly extending to each one of us who follows Him. Book review Invitation to Silence and Solitude Invitation to Silence and Solitude Experiencing God s Transforming Presence Publisher InterVarsity Press Reviewer Discerning Reader Team Available on Recommended No The subtitle to Invitation to Solitude and Silence by Ruth Haley Barton is Experiencing God s Transforming Presence Had I been the editor, I might have suggested something a little appropriate.

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    1. I was a tiny bit uncomfortable with some of the language the author used, many of which are regularly used in new-age publications by unbiblical "churches" a friend mentioned, there's a lot of text in the book and some ideas, that sound a little eastern-mystical, and I definitely don't agree with all the quotes that are listed, but those were just quotes from other (mostly Catholic) authors, and not the book itself.Regarding the general content of the book, I really enjoyed it - she covers princ [...]

    2. I think I will use this book and refer back to it for the rest of my life. It was full of such helpful thoughts and ideas, and I have adopted a few new concrete practices that I hope will blossom more trust in my heart, and then overflow in more tangible love!! Thankfully, this book did not encourage my often selfish craving to be alone and think, but challenged that tendency! She writes of how our desire for God (often masked by a desire for other things) and our capacity to connect with him as [...]

    3. This is not a book to be read, but to be experienced, month by month, ideally in a year divided by the twelve chapters. Ruth Haley Barton takes the story of Elijah on the mountain with God and dissects it into the daily Christian life. Move slowly through it, absorb it and contemplate, rest and be refreshed.And take your time.

    4. Reading this book made me long for more of God in my life. Definitely a great book to read (and reread), contemplate, experience and apply in my life from now on.

    5. I actually wasn't able to finish it, which gives a clue to what I thought of it. I wouldn't say I disliked the book, but it wasn't especially enjoyable to read, and it was chock full of "not new information" for me. I felt like I could have written the book, in a much more readable fashion and collecting the royalties would be wonderful. :-)

    6. I would love to be able to take "retreat days" -- I remember doing so when I lived and taught in SB and I was single. Life has a way of imposing responsibilities. Maybe this summer. So true: "What deadens us most to God's presence within, I think, is the inner dialogue that we are engaged in within ourselves, the endless chatter of human thought. I suspect pect that there is nothing more crucial to true spiritual comfort than being able from time to time to stop that chatter, including the chatt [...]

    7. Invitation is a very honest and candid approach to placing God at the center of one's life, isolating the important and essential and blocking out the noise and distractions. Though a little preachy at times, it is not without a practical and personal reason. Many tools and processes are those that the author used herself during "noisy", busy, and trying times in order to reconnect with God, tapping into the writings and life of Elijah. Finally, many good strategies are given for short retreats [...]

    8. Read this book slowly, and then read it again. Use it as a guide to spend time alone with God. This book tests the theory of Pascal that man's biggest problem is his inability to sit alone in a room. Barton will challenge us to do just that, confident that if we can stand to be alone with ourselves in God's presence we will face our false selves, our harried selves, our fake spirituality and, after discarding them, find our place as children of God, deeply loved. This book is thoroughly Christia [...]

    9. So many good nuggets of wisdom in this book! I'm glad I'm reading it. "Inner silence depends on a continual seeking, a continual crying in the night, a repeated bending over the abyssFor He is found when He is sought, and when He is no longer sought, He escapes us." -Thomas Merton

    10. While we may know deep down that we are in need of silence, it can also be very hard and disconcerting to actually sit in the silence. Barton gives simple practices to embrace silence in our lives and the presence of God that can be found there.

    11. While I understand what the author is getting at and there are good benefits to waiting on the Lord and quieting yourself before Him, this books leans too much to New Age for me.

    12. want a new experience in your time with the Lord? This is a great book to invigorate your passion and desire for a new intimacy with God in a time of busi-ness & distraction.

    13. Living in the twenty-first century, we struggle with solitude and silence. for they seem to be times of non-productivity. Both secular and religious subcultures tend to devalue times of being, as opposed to times of doing. God's invitation to solitude and silence is an invitation to enter into a deeper, more intimate relationship with our Lord. Each chapter of the book offers teachings, reflections and ideas of how to put solitude and silence into practice. Too often our lives are like a jar of [...]

    14. Really good (and quick) read. Cuts to the heart of the matter regarding our busy and stressful lives, where we're always "on" and surrounded by noise 24/7. In order to be at our best, live in peace, and truly feel connected to God, we must learn how to master the practice of solitude and silence. This must be something that we strive to engage in regularly (i.e. DAILY) and sometimes even enter into prolonged periods of being unplugged from the world and simply just "be." The author's point is th [...]

    15. One disturbing trend I have found in my long study of Spiritual Formation and discipleship is how quickly these ideas can be reduced to a listing of spiritual disciplines or a discussion on spirituality that seems very foreign and inaccessible.Then someone like Ruth Haley Barton comes along and Spiritual Formation moves away from what normally gets presented. In its place is a life with Jesus that seems absolutely necessary for a truly Christian life. The practice of solitude and silence may be [...]

    16. Ruth Haley Barton shares her experience with silence and solitude in such a way that it is an invitation to join her in this process. She nails our tendency to want quick fixes in life and that we need this practice to recognize the slow-work of God. She gives helpful practices at the end of each chapter that can help beginners, which I plan on referencing in the future. Best quote, "There is an even greater truth: before you were even aware of your desire for God, God desired you. He created yo [...]

    17. I felt invited to adopt " Silence" as my word for 2013.Funnily, enough as I looked around for some wise counsel on the subject, I was led to this beautiful work that has been sitting on my bookshelves for a few months. I can't recall why I bought it originally, however, now sense some divine purpose in it.This is a delightful book to read. It is filled with some tremendous Biblical insight regarding Elijah's journey into the wilderness in 1 Kings 19. This revelation underpins the gentle flow of [...]

    18. I am reading through this book a second time- really good reflection. In today's busy and overstimulated culture, spending intentional time in quiet can be intimidating- but it also can be freeing. Ruth is a gentle teacher; she uses the life of Elijah to structure the book. Ruth is also very honest about her own life, her struggle with busyness, frustration being a Christian but not living up to her own desired standards and the difficulty of entering into silence and solitude. Of course, we can [...]

    19. STILL haven't finished because I lent it to my sisterAs I'm reading through this book, the theme that continually resurfaces in my mind is the importance of noticing. The author uses the analogy of a jar of river water, all shaken up with its sediment swirling around. I am that jar most of the time; I forget to be still and NOTICE. To wait until everything settles into place and the water is clear so that I can notice what God is doing, how I'm feeling, what life is truly about. I'm also learnin [...]

    20. Invitations to Solitude and Silence by Ruth Haley Barton invites us to follow the spiritual pilgrimage of the Prophet Elijah. It provides practical and helpful insights in learning to be still in God’s presence. I used it as my morning devotional reading and found that it created in me a greater thirst for being still in the presence of God. Each chapter ends with a practice with which to engage in order to ground the teaching in activity and not just academia.For those of you who struggle to [...]

    21. First, in this fast paced society so bent on production, this book runs counter.I have learned to slow down, take time to intentionally put times of silence/solitude in my day to day, week to week, month to month. THIS IS GRACE FILLED and invites you to come to be with Yourself and with Godch needed connections to be made and many people do not make them. The book leaves you craving deeper intimacy with Jesus. I bought Sacred Rhythmns b/c this one was so good and the write is so very open and ho [...]

    22. I stumbled across this book at Christian Fellowship meeting book table when I was in a period of trying to grow in my devotional life. Ruth Haley Barton is a masterful storyteller and encourager as she challenges you to stop and listen for the presence and voice of God. Every chapter has elements of teaching and practicals so she walks you step by step as you venture into disciplines of silence and solitude. For anyone who wants to grow in spiritual discipline and is intrigued by ideas of stoppi [...]

    23. Reading Invitation to Silence and Solitude at this point in my life felt like an uncanny coincidence. It was the perfect advice and thoughts to read at this juncture of my life. Barton spends time in 1 Kings 19, ironically (?) also a passage I've been working with personally in the last two months.Silence and solitude are foundational practices for Christians wanting to grow in their inner life with God, and with learning to rest in Him.Her practices at the end of each chapter are great, and bon [...]

    24. This book is illuminating, insightful, and intensely practical. In just a few months' time of incorporating solitude and silence into my life, guided by working through this book, I've seen a positive change in terms of guilt and spirituality that I have needed for years. For that alone, this book deserves 5 stars from me. The writing is clear, interesting, and wise. It goes on my short list of favorite books about spiritual formation.

    25. A little esoteric. Perhaps even fluffy. Thankfully not mystical. "solitude and silence are not, in the end, about success and failure. They are about showing up and letting God do the rest. They are not an end in themselves; they are merely a means through which we regularly make ourselves available to God for the intimacy of relationship and for the work of transformation that only God can accomplish."

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