Wasting Time With God
"In Wasting Time with God, Klaus Issler compellingly connects knowing and loving God with our ability as members of the body of Christ to know and love one another. Christian women in particular who intuitively resonate with the community aspects...
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"In Wasting Time with God, Klaus Issler compellingly connects knowing and loving God with our ability as members of the body of Christ to know and love one another. Christian women in particular who intuitively resonate with the community aspects of faith will be enriched by the author's biblically sound insights into the correlation between rich relationships with one another and an increasingly intimate relationship with our God. This work of the heart is an honest quest to move beyond a primarily 'cerebral' faith to an increasingly intimate relational one with the divine--a quest made significant by its refreshing integration of intellectual excellence, sound theological scholarship and spiritual humility. Issler has also created a welcome voice of balance on the person and work of the third person of the Trinity. For those who have tended to ignore the person and work of the Holy Spirit, Wasting Time with God is an articulate reminder that he is there to know and experience more fully."
When it comes to developing a deep, trusting relationship with God, efficiency and productivity are not the answer. It's far better to "waste" time with him, to just enjoy being with him. After all, that's how any friendship grows.But making room for God in the midst of our fast-paced lives is not an easy task. Just as time with our best friends can get squeezed out by the rush of activities, so can time with God. Even "wasting time" with God means making a commitment and setting priorities--whether it's something we enjoy or not.Beginning with the supposition that God desires friendship with us, Klaus Issler encourages us to consider seven character traits and to develop their companion disciplines: friendship, humility, faith, commitment, communication, apprenticeship and partnership. Here is a full-orbed model of Christian spirituality that will be of lasting value.
Klaus Issler (PhD., Michigan State University) is professor of Christian education and theology at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, California. He is an adjunct faculty member for the Institute of Spiritual Formation. He teaches primarily in the Ph.D. in Educational Studies program, and is the book review editor for the Christian Education Journal.
Dr. Issler authored Wasting Time with God: A Christian Spirituality of Friendship with God, The Lost Virtue of Happiness, Getting Good at Life: Experiencing Kingdom Living Now, and co-authored Teaching for Reconciliation: Foundations and Practice of Christian Educational Ministry and How We Learn: A Christian Teacher's Guide to Educational Psychology.
He has contributed to Baker Dictionary of Christian Education and Christian Education in the New Millennium. Dr. Issler has been an associate pastor, an instructor for Walk Thru the Bible, and a board member with BEE International, most recntly he has authored In Search of a Confident Faith with J.P. Moreland.
- Foreword By James M. Houston
- 1. The Quest. Knowing God More Deeply
- <strong>part 1: Making Room For God</strong>
- 2. Friendship: Approaching The God Who Is Love
- 3. Humility: Honoring The God Who Is Holy
- 4. Faith: Seeing The God Who Is Invisible
- <strong> Part 2: Deepening Our Friendship With God</strong>
- 5. Commitment: Seeking The God Who Hides
- 6. Communication: Hearing The God Who Speaks
- 7. Apprenticeship: Yielding To The God Who Disciplines
- 8. Partnership: Asking The God Who Answers