By L. Roger Owens
"I problem you to get via a bankruptcy of this publication with out a wish for God being struck on your soul. Roger Owens wears his brilliance flippantly and loves phrases tenderly and lavishly in those pages. he's ferociously talented, and quick turning into one of many abbas to whom the examining church usually turns for a note from the Lord." -Jason Byassee, Senior Pastor of Boone United Methodist Church and a Fellow in Theology & management at Duke Divinity university With a method and heat of presentation that might remind readers of Henri Nouwen's hottest paintings, Abba supply Me a notice interweaves the author's own tales of fight – and transformation – with reflections at the background and goal of non secular course. the result's a smart advent to an historic artwork and perform of "soul care" – directed at Christians of all backgrounds. "This is a advisor for these longing for a major but cheerful trip from isolation to communion. it truly is approximately companionship on the...
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How do we learn to live in this mansion now? How do we spend our days attentive to this love that surrounds us? That’s why I sit on that sofa every month in the last office just past the bathroom with the retired Baptist pastor twice my age sitting across from me, the coffee table with a candle on it between us. I do it because it helps me to see and find my way through this house of love in which I live. There are plenty of books about spiritual direction. I’ve read some of them and recommend them.
Someone might see a spiritual director for a short time to get aid in discernment around a particular issue—vocation, for instance. You might see a spiritual director once a month for four months. Or a Quaker might call a clearness committee, inviting a group of three or four trusted friends to ask you honest, open questions for two or three hours to help you discern around a particular issue. ” I knew something more long-term was what I was longing for. I knew my apprenticeship in the Spirit would take more than a few months.
Dad was fifty-five when I was born, so his hair was thinning and gray as far back as I can remember. When my brother and I were kids, one of our favorite games was to stand behind Dad as he sat in his green recliner watching the Chicago Cubs lose on a Saturday afternoon and play with his hair. We’d comb it the wrong way, make it stand up straight, then watch it slowly begin to fall. Dad rented a small sales office in a beauty parlor, so we spent more hours than we can count watching women get shampoos and perms and sit under the domed dryers with curlers in their hair.
Abba, Give Me a Word. The Path of Spiritual Direction by L. Roger Owens