Invitations from God: Accepting God's Offer to Rest, Weep, Forgive, Wait, Remember and More

Invitations from God Accepting God s Offer to Rest Weep Forgive Wait Remember and More Some invitations we desperately want Will you marry me Would you consider a promotion Other invitations we never want to receive but must respond to all the same What treatment do you want for your tu

  • Title: Invitations from God: Accepting God's Offer to Rest, Weep, Forgive, Wait, Remember and More
  • Author: Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
  • ISBN: 9780830835539
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Paperback
  • Some invitations we desperately want Will you marry me Would you consider a promotion Other invitations we never want to receive but must respond to all the same What treatment do you want for your tumor Invitations pound away at the coastlines of the soul with a transforming force God is also sending invitations Sometimes they seem less compelling than anythiSome invitations we desperately want Will you marry me Would you consider a promotion Other invitations we never want to receive but must respond to all the same What treatment do you want for your tumor Invitations pound away at the coastlines of the soul with a transforming force God is also sending invitations Sometimes they seem less compelling than anything on my to do list Why would I want to say yes to the invitation to rest when I m already so far behind Why follow when I could lead Why accept invitations to weep or to admit I am wrong or to wait Saying yes might slow me down, sabotage my agenda and even undo who I think I am Adele Calhoun, author of the popularSpiritual Disciplines Handbook, offers a book about invitations like these divine invitations we miss or ignore because we ve said yes to going with the cultural flow While these invitations from God can sometimes be difficult to accept, they can heal and restore even as they shape where we go, what we do and who we become What we say yes to, what we say no to forms the terrain of our future Included in this book are reflection questions and exercises as well as overview charts with recommended disciplines to guide you through each theme As you attend to the often hidden, quiet voice of the Great Inviter, you will find yourself as God created you to be.

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    1. A wonderful read that addresses many challenges familiar to believers, without the shallow association of pop culture and endless anecdotes most modern Christian writers feel the need to include. Can be read on its own or incorporated into devotions or Bible Study.

    2. Grace-filled. Beautifully written. Favorite sentence on healing, "To reflect the life of Jesus means that I gather up my desire, stop loitering around the pool of excuses and offer up my diseased life to his healing cure." Read it!

    3. This is one of the best contemporary book on spiritual formation that I've read. Calhoun does a beautiful job of weaving together biblical truths about God and ourselves, insights into our emotional and psychological realities, and practical 'how to's that will aid anyone in pursuing a deeper spirituality. There are some books like this that I would recommend specifically for "beginners" in pursuing the spiritual life. Other books are more advance. I could see this book being helpful for anyone, [...]

    4. wow! this was a fantastic read. I even re-read a couple of the chapters and will definitely revisit this one again and again!

    5. Life Brings InvitationsJesus knew his spiritual journey depended upon responsiveness to God’s invitations. Although his job was the most crucial in human history, Jesus did not get compulsive, preoccupied or unable to practice the presence of God or people. In the midst of interruptions and overwhelming need, Jesus learned how to discern between invitations. – Pg. 18Resisting the urge to grab my yellow highlighter, I opted instead to bookmark pages with pieces of paper. There were so many qu [...]

    6. Thank you Kathleen for this book! Kathleen is friends with Adele and bought this to share with friends. As a 3.5 to 3.75 the first thing that I reall, really like is the cover. It looks so three dimensional that I kept touching it just sure that it couldn't be smooth. This looks at some of the invitations we receive in life -- both those we want and don't necessarily want. She looks at the invitation to: participate in your own healing, to follow, to practice the presence of people, to rest, to [...]

    7. Amazing. Calhoun's exploration of the various invitations God offers to believers is comprehensive, personal, targeted, and well thought out. The format can drive an individual through self examination and map patterns to change. There is enough "I've been there, I know" to prevent the sense of judgment or excessive criticism. Her scripture support, lists, examples, and particularly her conversational tone can cause one to want to participate with God. A must read for believers who are willing t [...]

    8. I'd read this book a year ago and decided that it would be the professional development book this academic year for the Member Care Specialists I work with. This has been a great book to read in community (glad that I have done it alone AND with a group of folks!). This has been one of the most helpful paradigm shifts in recent years -- the idea of invitation. And whatever I'm facing, whether good, bad, or ugly, can be seen as an invitation from God that can be used in the forming of my spirit/p [...]

    9. Calhoun's premise is that throughout our lives, perhaps every day of our lives, God is giving us invitations. Invitations to grow. To change. To become more like him. Some of them are obvious and impossible to miss while others are more subtle and require us to be still in order to even notice them. You will find some true gems in the book: Because rest is fundamental to God, it is fundamental to the well-being of all creation. A quick read.

    10. Read as participant of a reading group selection. It is structured and flows into our bi-weekly schedule well. A simple read. The part I liked best are tables found in the beginning of each chapter. I used the content for introspection and reflection. My copy is well marked up with highlighters and comments. The content works well for group discussion.

    11. A nice book about spiritual growth and Christian practices. It's well-written and thoughtful, but it covers ground covered by many other great books, so it gets a 3-star "liked it" rating. This could be a helpful book for a follower of Jesus looking for new ways to grow in their Christian walk.

    12. Good Book. Using it as my Quiet time material to explore God's work in my life in the past as I contemplate future ministry. It's insights and scripture are helping me remember God's goodness and are blessing me.

    13. I loved this book and will be returning to the questions again and again. My Favorite from TC8-2 thus far.

    14. Some crucial ideas for living out the faith - especially read the last chapter, "The Most Excellent Way"! We should live by this.

    15. This is actually a must-read, particularly for people who may be going through the 'now what' phase after choosing to become Christ-followers.

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