The Cultivated Life
:"This is a book written specifically for those of us who are assigned the task of developing an imagination for living the Christian faith with insight and skill in and for a society that is disconnected from the biblical revelation...
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:"This is a book written specifically for those of us who are assigned the task of developing an imagination for living the Christian faith with insight and skill in and for a society that is disconnected from the biblical revelation and the Jesus incarnation," writes Eugene Peterson in the foreword of The Cultivated Life. "But it is equally useful for all of us who are committed to following Jesus with our families and coworkers and neighbors."Sociology professor and spiritual director Susan Phillips walks us through the "circus" of our cultural landscape to invite us into a cultivated life of spirituality. If we want to accept the invitation to return to the garden, then we must face down the temptation to live life as spectators of the circus that plays on around us. We want to be rooted and grounded in Christ, but are pushed toward constant work, alternating between performance and spectacle. Cultivation requires a kind of attentiveness that is countercultural to our age of distraction. These pages unfold the spiritual practices that can lead us into a new and delightful way of living. Are you ready to leave the circus?
Carleton University, Ottawa
- :foreword By Eugene Petersonintroduction: Leaving The Circus 1. The Way Of Cultivation2. Finding And Receiving Refreshment3. Listening As A Way Of Receiving Cultivation4. Stopping5. Sabbath Keeping6. Cultivating Attention7. Praying With Scripture8. Cultivating Attachment9. Spiritual Direction10. Rooted And Grounded By Friendship11. Practicing Friendship12. Bearing Fruit And Enriching The Soilconclusion: Living Toward Completion
- Acknowledgments Appendix: Guidelines For Practicesindex Of Names And Subjectsabout The Author