Item description for Developing Intimacy With God: An Eight-Week Prayer Guide Based on Ignatius' "Spiritual Exercises" by Alex B. Aronis...
It is customary for pastors to urge their congregations to spend time with God in prayer. They know that this is of paramount importance, the one thing needful. But instructions given by pastors usually have to do with prayer for others or prayer for oneself. Rarely does one hear instruction on how, specifically, one can nurture and deepen one's relationship with Jesus. This is the challenge that Alex Aronis has taken up in his book, Developing Intimacy with GodAnchored on the spiritual classic The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, Alex has made the necessary adjustments to this sixteenth century text to maximize its contribution for modern readers. Thus, the book serves as a personal spiritual guide. It can be used for individual or group use and coaches the prayer over an eight-week period through a series of interactive prayer exercises.Aronis writes, 'For disciples of Jesus, nothing in this world is of greater importance than experiencing intimate communion with Christ. It is our greatest privilege to know Jesus personally, and to let God love us as we commune with him on a daily basis. Developing Intimacy with God will teach you how to do that.'
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Studio: 1st Books Library
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.5" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.77" Weight: 1.11 lbs.
Release Date May 9, 2003
Publisher 1st Books Library
ISBN 1403369445 ISBN13 9781403369444
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Is your spirit hungry? Feb 4, 2004
I was in my final year of seminary when I was first introduced to Dr. Aronis' book. Up to that point I had learned a lot about God but nothing about how to develop a relationship with God. My spirit was hungry for Jesus and I didn't know what to do. This book led me to Christ in a new way and taught me how to bask in Jesus' love. I could have never predicted how completely the concepts in Dr. Aronis' book would transform my ministry. I use the tools and insights I've gained every time I preach, pray, or talk about Jesus. I am overwhelmed with gratitude to God for teaching Dr. Aronis these concepts so that he could teach me. This fruit of the Spirit is unspeakably sweet. Taste it for yourself!
A roadmap to friendship with God Feb 1, 2004
Although this book uses the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius, and is filled with helpful guidelines for an eight-week prayer guide, the impact is much greater than it would seem on the surface. I found it more than just acquiring knowledge about God but a way to intimacy with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. Although it is very comprehensive in its methodology, it allows for flexibilty in its use. We are all different. Therefore each of us will have a slightly different relationship with God. The book encourages each of us to find our unique spiritual path, using the exercises as guidelines. I highly recommend it.
Loving God Dec 21, 2003
While other pastors and Christian authors in their sermons and books focus more on doctrinal truths, Biblical stories and teachings or applied Christianity, Pastor Aronis is one spiritual leader who serves God by pursuing relentlessly the most essential and basic foundation of a Christian's spiritual well-being: loving God and who He is. The principles and applications I learned from this book transformed my faithful though routine habit of daily prayer and Bible reading into spiritually uplifting periods of heart to heart communication with God, allowing the Holy Spirit to tenderly guide me in meditating His word, knowing Him more intimately and expressing my growing love for Christ. I experience a unique process of spiritual discipline unravel before me through the Prayer Exercises, which helped me to ultimately attain the objectives of being WITH Christ by spending time with Him, becoming more LIKE Him by following and obeying Him, and to continuously living my life FOR Christ by serving Him and His purpose. This book is an invaluable gift from God.
A Personal Prayer Mentor Dec 2, 2003
This book is one of the most personally significant books I have ever read. Aronis offers a personal guide to using scripture based prayer to enter into a profound encounter with God. It is much more than a book about prayer; instead it is akin to a "how to" guide, acting almost as a prayer mentor. I appreciated the fact that the book teaches flexibility in prayer rather than indicating "the" way to pray. Aronis also tackles other areas of spiritual discipline while keeping the overall focus on prayer. The eight weeks I spent with the book enriched my experience with God in ways I had never imagined before. I have often returned to it and I now use the book in my college hermeneutics class for a section on devotional prayer. I highly recommend the book for anyone who seeks a deeper spiritual encounter with God.
Life Changing! Dec 2, 2003
Dr. Aronis has written the finest book on prayer we have ever experienced. A must for anyone seriously looking to deepen their prayer life. It opens a person's eyes and heart on how to have an intimate knowledge of Christ so that they might be with Him, become like Him and live for Him. We have had the privilege of leading many people into a deeper relationship with Jesus as a result of doing this in-depth prayer guide. In His Service, Jane and Jim Eilertsen, Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)