The Spiritual Arts
There are martial arts, culinary arts, fine arts-and spiritual arts. "Spiritual art is the Holy Spirit's work in your life in character, gift, and blessing," writes Jill Briscoe. Spiritual intimacy, spiritual harmony, humility, serenity ... like any art, these can...
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There are martial arts, culinary arts, fine arts-and spiritual arts. "Spiritual art is the Holy Spirit's work in your life in character, gift, and blessing," writes Jill Briscoe. Spiritual intimacy, spiritual harmony, humility, serenity ... like any art, these can be learned and developed through consistent practice. And also as with any art, there is a transcendent element to them that makes them personal, powerful, able to transform your life and other lives through you. In The Spiritual Arts, Briscoe shows how you can develop skill in such key arts as contentment, intimacy, simplicity, ministry, practicality, and more. Some will come more naturally to you than others, but all of them are important and all of them can be developed with prayer and patience. Weaving together in dynamic counterpoint, they will help you experience and express God's presence in your life more fully and deeply. Includes group discussion questions and personal applications.
'I like to think of the work of The Holy Spirit in the lives of men and women as art.' Spiritual life is not just a gift; it is a skill we must work to develop. Using Paul's letter to the Philippians as her guide, Bible teacher Jill Briscoe uncovers eight 'spiritual arts' that Christians are called to practice regularly; contentment, intimacy, suffering, simplicity, ministry, tranquility, humility, and harmony. Jill pulls no punches in challenging Christian readers to do their part, Spiritual Arts is a discovery study of practices we need to learn if we are to live life as God intended---full of great joy, deeper intimacy with God, and an exciting impact in the lives of others. With patience, wit, and probing questions, Jill challenges the faithful to a different ethic and a more active, focused way to follow Christ.
Jill Briscoe and her husband Stuart have worked together for over 40 years, and have three grown children and 13 grandchildren. A native of Liverpool, Jill is a prolific writer and author of The Deep Place where Nobody Goes, God's Front Door, Prayer that Works and Faith that Works and many other books. Jill serves on the board of directors of World Relief and of Christianity Today, and is a popular speaker at key Christian events around the world. Jill and Stuart live in Milawukee, Wisconsin. - Publisher.