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The Spiritual Life

"The Spirit of the Disciplines Understanding How God Changes Lives" by Dallas Willard
I did not know when I purchased this book that it was recommended by Richard Foster in his book "Celebration of Discipline" which I am currently reading. I love it when I read a book that recommends another book and I just happen to already have it! The book by Dallas Willard is the first book that I have read of his, it is not a book to be read quickly, often I re-read sentences, or paragraphs, in order to more fully understand them, and in order to soak in what the author was trying to express. Dallas Willard makes powerful statements, for example; "A spiritual life consists in that range of activities in which people cooperatively interact with God and with the spiritual order deriving from God's personality and action. And what is the result? A new overall quality of human existence with corresponding new powers. A person is a spiritual person to the degree that his or…

A Book for Self Examination

"Imitation of Christ" by Thomas a'Kempis Thomas a'Kempis was born in 1380 near Kempen which is near Cologne, Germany. He and his brother John were sent to a school called Brethren of the Common Life. During this time John Wycliffe and John Huss had challenged the papal authority because of the pa pal's abuse of power, doctrinal abuse, and poor spiritual living. Both of these men were burned, Huss at the stake, and after Wycliffe death his body was burned. But reform was coming. The Brethren centered on a pure and moral life. The "Imitation of Christ" is a collection of spiritual writings on a varied collection of themes, they are meant for self examination. In the 2ND chapter a'Kempis writes that, "Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge with out fear of God?" In the 5Th chapter, " We must not rely too much upon ourselves, for grace and understanding are often lacking in us." In the 6Th chapter, "Th…

I Don't Need A Thing

"God, my shepherd! I don't need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I'm not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd's crook makes me feel secure. You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing. Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I'm back at home in the house of God for the rest of my life." 23rd Psalm, The Message


One of the most difficult things to me about having a blog is coming up with a good title for my new posts; should the title be direct and to the point, or should it be catching in order to entice the readers eye, or maybe it should be a really dramatic title that has absolutely nothing at all to do with the post, like cat fight? This week I have finished 2 books, both books I read during my devotional time, I read 1 chapter out of each of them, everyday, during my daily devotional time till the books were completed. "Learning To Pray Through The Psalms" by James W. Sire and "Jesus 90 Days With The One And Only, Personal Reflections Series" by Beth Moore. "Learning To Pray Through The Psalms" was a book on teaching us to slow down and really absorb and study the Psalms. To often I have breezed through in reading the Psalms, not pausing to soak in what the Psalmist's message was, nor what was God trying to say to me. The author James W. Sire recommends…