Saints of the past can't seem to say enough about their ecstatic experiences with Bible reading. Meanwhile it's all you can do to keep from dozing off. What was their secret? James Wilhoit and Evan Howard argue that our ancestors...
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Saints of the past can't seem to say enough about their ecstatic experiences with Bible reading. Meanwhile it's all you can do to keep from dozing off. What was their secret? James Wilhoit and Evan Howard argue that our ancestors responded to the special nature of the Bible with special habits of reading. In this step-by-step introduction to the practice of lectio divina, you will learn what it means to read your way to intimacy with God.
Saints of the past can't seem to say enough about their ecstatic experiences with the words of Scripture. The writer of Psalm 19, for example, can hardly contain himself as he exclaims that God's words and ways have revived his soul, made him wise, brought joy to his heart, given him clarity and correct perspective on his life, and warned him of danger. Why should our experiences of the Bible today fall short of this standard? What are we missing? Spiritual formation experts James Wilhoit and Evan Howard argue that our ancestors in the faith responded to the special nature of Scripture with special habits of reading. In this step-by-step introduction to the practice of lectio divina, you will learn what it means to read your way into a new and life-changing intimacy with God. Their simple, easy-to-follow explanation of this ancient practice provides a perfect foundation for you to begin meeting God in his Word as you:
Discover a new experience of God's Word--one that leads you to experience more of God himself.
James C. Wilhoit (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is the Scripture Press Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry at Wheaton College, where he has taught for more than twenty years. His previous publications include The Christian Educator's Handbook on Spiritual Formation; Christian Education; The Search for Meaning, Dictionary of Biblical Imagery (editor) and, with Leland Ryken, Effective Bible Teaching. Most recently he has written Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered
Evan B. Howard (PhD, Graduate Theological Union) founded and directs the Spirituality Shoppe, an evangelical centre for the study of Christian spirituality. In addition, he is a lecturer in philosophy and religion at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado, as well as the author of Affirming the Touch of God: A Psychological and Philosophical Exploration of Christian Discernment, The Brazos Introduction to Christian Spirituality, and Praying the Scriptures: A Field Guide for Your Spiritual Journey.
- 1. Thirsty For God
- We Long For Living Water
- The Invitation To Meditate
- The Sweetness And Bitterness Of Scripture
- We Hope For Trans-formation
- 2. The Divinely Spoken Scripture
- God's Word In Human Speech
- God's Love Letter
- The Divinely Spoken Scripture
- A Record Of Human Relationship With God
- Invitation To Human Relationship With God
- 3. We Who Live And Read
- We Are Not Alone
- What We Bring
- What The Spirit Brings
- What The Spirit Does
- 4. Reading
- What Is Reading Like?
- Reading And Interpreting
- Personal Interpretation And The Holy Spirit
- The Practice Of Reading
- A Final Story
- 5. Meditating
- What Is Scripture Meditation?
- Slow Down
- Take It In
- Take It With You
- 6. Praying
- Prayer Before Reading And Meditating
- Prayer During Reading And Meditating
- Prayer After Reading And Meditating
- Prayer As The House That Lectio Divina Inhabits
- 7. Contemplating
- The Word Contemplation
- God's Presence
- The Practice Of Contemplation
- 8. Acting In The Midst Of The Trials Of Life
- Scripture Leads Us Into Action
- Action Draws Us Into Scripture
- Reflection Questions And Suggestions
- For Further Reading