Invitations From God
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...
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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 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 popular Spiritual 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.
God's invitations to rest, follow, remember or repent may seem less compelling than readers' to-do list. But Calhoun believes invitations like these can heal, restore, and shape where readers go, what they do, and who they become.
Adele Ahlberg Calhoun (M.A., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) has worked in Christian ministry for over thirty years and is currently copastor, with her husband, Doug, of Redeemer Community in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She was formerly pastor of spiritual formation at Christ Church in Oak Brook, Illinois.
She is the author of Invitations from God: Accepting God's Offer to Rest, Weep, Forgive, Wait, Remember and More and Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us
A trained spiritual director, she has taught courses at Wheaton College and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. In the early 1970s she helped pioneer student work with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. She has also worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in New England and Canada and with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in the West Indies and South Africa.
- Introduction: The Invitation-shaped Life
- 1 Invitation To Participate In Your Own Healing
- 2 Invitation To Follow
- 3 Invitation To Practice The Presence Of People
- 4 Invitation To Rest
- 5 Invitation To Weep
- 6 Invitation To Admit I Might Be Wrong
- 7 Invitation To Forgive
- 8 Invitation To Wait
- 9 Invitation To Pray
- 10 Invitation To Remember
- 11 Invitation To The Most Excellent Way