Saints of the past can't seem to say enough about their ecstatic experiences with the words of Scripture. The writer of Psalm 19, for example, can hardly contain himself as he exclaims that God's words and ways have revived his soul, made him wise, brought joy to his heart, given him clarity and correct perspective on his life, and warned him of danger. Why should our experiences of the Bible today fall short of this standard? What are we missing?
Spiritual formation experts James Wilhoit and Evan Howard argue that our ancestors in the faith responded to the special nature of Scripture with special habits of reading. In this step-by-step introduction to the practice of lectio divina, you will learn what it means to read your way into a new and life-changing intimacy with God.
Their simple, easy-to-follow explanation of this ancient practice provides a perfect foundation for you to begin meeting God in his Word as you:
- and contemplate.
Discover a new experience of God's Word--one that leads you to experience more of God himself.
- Written by two spiritual formation experts
- Includes brief, accessible chapters
- Appropriate for classroom use
1. Thirsty for God
We Long for Living Water
The Invitation to Meditate
The Sweetness and Bitterness of Scripture
We Hope for Trans-formation
2. The Divinely Spoken Scripture
God's Word in Human Speech
God's Love Letter
The Divinely Spoken Scripture
A Record of Human Relationship with God
Invitation to Human Relationship with God
3. We Who Live and Read
We Are Not Alone
What We Bring
What the Spirit Brings
What the Spirit Does
What Is Reading Like?
Reading and Interpreting
Personal Interpretation and the Holy Spirit
The Practice of Reading
A Final Story
What Is Scripture Meditation?
Take It In
Take It with You
Prayer Before Reading and Meditating
Prayer During Reading and Meditating
Prayer After Reading and Meditating
Prayer as the House That Lectio Divina Inhabits
The Word Contemplation
The Practice of Contemplation
8. Acting in the Midst of the Trials of Life
Scripture Leads Us into Action
Action Draws Us into Scripture
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