Invitation to Retreat: The Gift and Necessity of Time Away With God
: Academy of Parish Clergy - 2018 Top Ten List "Come away and rest awhile." Jesus invites us to be with him, offering our full and undivided attention to him. When we choose retreat, we make a generous...
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Academy of Parish Clergy - 2018 Top Ten List
"Come away and rest awhile." Jesus invites us to be with him, offering our full and undivided attention to him. When we choose retreat, we make a generous investment in our friendship with Christ. We are not always generous with ourselves where God is concerned. Many of us have tried to incorporate regular times of solitude and silence into the rhythm of our ordinary lives, which may mean that we give God twenty minutes here and half an hour there. And there's no question we are better for it! But we need more. Indeed, we long for more. In these pages Transforming Center founder and seasoned spiritual director Ruth Haley Barton gently leads us into retreat as a key practice that opens us to God. Based on her own practice and her experience leading hundreds of retreats for others, she will guide you in a very personal exploration of seven specific invitations contained within the general invitation to retreat. You will discover how to say yes to God's winsome invitation to greater freedom and surrender. There has never been a time when the invitation to retreat is so radical and so relevant, so needed and so welcome. It is not a luxury, but a necessity of the spiritual life.
Ruth Haley Barton is co-founder and president of The Transforming Center (www.thetransformingcenter.org), a ministry dedicated to caring for the souls of pastors and Christian leaders. A teacher, spiritual director, and retreat leader, she has served on the pastoral staff of several churches including Willow Creek Community Church and is the author of numerous books and resources on the spiritual life including Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, Sacred Rhythms, Longing for More, Equal To The Task and Invitation to Solitude and Silence.
- :introduction: Invitation To Retreat
- 1. Strategic Withdrawal
- 2. Just Flop Down
- 3. The Sources Of Our Exhaustion
- 4. Finding Your Rhythm On Retreat
- 5. Sweet Hours Of Prayer
- 6. Letting Go Of Your Grip
- 7. Relinquishing False-self Patterns
- 8. Space For Discernment
- 9. Invitation To Recalibrate
- 10. Finding Spiritual Freedom
- 11. Remember The Signs
- 12. In Returning And Rest You Shall Be Saved
- Appendix 1: Fixed-hour Prayer
- Appendix 2: Planning Your Retreat