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Awaken Your Senses

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Perhaps you've been missing out. God has given us five senses and a brain with two sides. Yet we often approach God in one way only: through words that are analyzed and processed logically in our left brain. The right...


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Perhaps you've been missing out. God has given us five senses and a brain with two sides. Yet we often approach God in one way only: through words that are analyzed and processed logically in our left brain. The right brain, however, is the creative, intuitive center--the place that connects most to our seeing, smelling, touching, tasting and hearing, and that roots experiences in our hearts in transforming ways. In Awaken Your Senses, longtime ministers Beth Booram and Brent Bill invite you to engage your right brain in your faith through sensory spiritual practices that position your heart for divine encounter. Readings and a variety of exercises that utilize your whole body lead you to experience God in new ways by tasting chocolate, words, matzoh, Scripture, forgiveness seeing the moon, wisdom, art, glory, your best self touching others, stones, prayers, rubble, Jesus hearing silence, music, pain, footsteps, the Spirit, the news smelling gardenias, life, salty air, home, healing oil, coffee Teaching you to pay attention in love to your surroundings, Booram and Bill will help you open your eyes and ears and nose to a sensuous faith--one in which God can be experienced each day as we live and move and have our being. So whether you're weary, stuck, struggling, growing or on information-overload, the exercises and reflections offered here can bring refreshment--a cold drink of water, a gentle breeze--to your soul. Come experience God with all of who you are, and discover more of who he is.
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Beth Booram

Beth Booram spent sixteen years on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ and has served in a number of pastoral roles in the local church, both mainline and nondenominational, including a 6,500-member congregation. She leads contemplative retreats and speaks frequently on topics of spirituality and leadership. Learn more at www.wideopenspacesofgod.org.

  • Perhaps You've Been Missing Out. God Has Given Us Five Senses And A Brain With Two Sides. Yet We Often Approach God In One Way Only: Through Words That Are Analyzed And Processed Logically In Our Left Brain. The Right Brain, However, Is The Creative, Intuitive Center--the Place That Connects Most To Our Seeing, Smelling, Touching, Tasting And Hearing, And That Roots Experiences In Our Hearts In Transforming Ways. In <em>awaken Your Senses,</em> Longtime Ministers Beth Booram And Brent Bill Invite You To Engage Your Right Brain In Your Faith Through Sensory Spiritual Practices That Position Your Heart For Divine Encounter. Readings And A Variety Of Exercises That Utilize Your Whole Body Lead You To Experience God In New Ways By <ul> <li><em>tasting</em> Chocolate, Words, Matzoh, Scripture, Forgiveness</li> <li><em>seeing</em> The Moon, Wisdom, Art, Glory, Your Best Self</li> <li><em>touching</em> Others, Stones, Prayers, Rubble, Jesus</li> <li><em>hearing</em> Silence, Music, Pain, Footsteps, The Spirit, The News</li> <li><em>smelling</em> Gardenias, Life, Salty Air, Home, Healing Oil, Coffee</li> </ul> Teaching You To Pay Attention In Love To Your Surroundings, Booram And Bill Will Help You Open Your Eyes And Ears And Nose To A Sensuous Faith--one In Which God Can Be Experienced Each Day As We Live And Move And Have Our Being. So Whether You're Weary, Stuck, Struggling, Growing Or On Information-overload, The Exercises And Reflections Offered Here Can Bring Refreshment--a Cold Drink Of Water, A Gentle Breeze--to Your Soul. Come Experience God With All Of Who You Are, And Discover More Of Who He Is.
  • <strong>part One: Taste </strong>
  • Art Reflection On Tasting
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Tasting Forgiveness
  • 3. Keeping Kosher
  • 4. Cravings
  • 5. Spiritual Smorgasbord
  • 6. Tasting Words
  • <strong>part Two: See</strong>
  • Art Reflection On Seeing
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Creaturely Insight
  • 3. Reframe And Refocus
  • 4. Reflecting Glory
  • 5. Going Off Grid
  • 6. I See The Moon
  • <strong>part Three: Touch</strong>
  • Art Reflection On Touching
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Textures
  • 3. A Pile Of Stones
  • 4. Touching Absence
  • 5. Feeling Your Prayers
  • 6. Touching Jesus
  • <strong>part Four: Hear</strong>
  • Art Reflection On Hearing
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Soundtrack
  • 3. Footsteps
  • 4. All The News
  • 5. Recurring Themes
  • 6. Dinner Conversation
  • <strong>part Five: Smell</strong>
  • Art Reflection On Smelling
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Smells Like . . . Worship
  • 3. Hospitals
  • 4. Sea Salt And Midwest Mulberries
  • 5. Organic Sweat
  • 6. Wake Up And Smell The Communion
  • Conclusion: Rhythms That Ground Us
  • Sensory Exercises:
  • Additional Activities For Practicing A Sensuous Faith
  • Resources For Awakening Your Senses
  • Notes
  • Permissions
  • Acknowledgements
  • Connecting With Authors

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