Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God's Transforming Presence (Expanded Edition)

Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God's Transforming Presence (Expanded Edition)

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“Without solitude it is impossible to have a spiritual life.” 
~Henri Nouwen
Solitude is the Christian discipline in which we withdraw from our life in the company of others in order to give our full and undivided attention to God. Silence deepens our experience of solitude as we allow the noise of our own thoughts, strivings, and inner compulsions to settle down so we can hear a truer and more reliable Voice—God himself speaking in the depths of our being.
In this expanded edition of the award-winning book Invitation to Solitude and Silence, spiritual director Ruth Haley Barton guides individuals on a step by step journey into solitude and silence and NOW also provides guidance for groups who would like share their experiences together. This spiritual formation resource is Ideal for small groups, Sunday School classes, retreat groups, and spiritual friends. 

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

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Christianity Today's 2005 Book of the Year Winner

"The author's own journey serves as a backdrop for a welcoming invitation to experience the spiritual restoration of solitude and silence. Her compelling invitation combines both a clear explanation of the purpose of solitude and seasoned guidance on how to practice it." -James C. Wilhoit, Ph.D., Price-LeBar Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry, Wheaton College Graduate School

"Invitation to Solitude and Silence provides wonderful spiritual companionship on the quest for intimacy with God. Read it through to stir your appetite, then return to savor each chapter, engaging the practical steps into the silence where your soul can find rest in the Father's arms. Written in a style reminiscent of the spiritual guides of centuries past, yet current, vibrant, and alive with personal reflection and scriptural application. Ruth Barton has whispered a call to overcome the fear of solitude and follow the soul's deepest longing to experience God's presence. A passionate, transformational resource that will foster both personal spiritual growth and spiritual formation in a group setting." -William R. Cutrer, Gheens Professor of Christian Ministry, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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