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The Attentive Life: Discerning God's Presence in All Things [Hardcover]

By Leighton Ford (Author)
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A spiritual guide based on the tradition of praying the hours invites readers to develop greater awareness of God's role in all moments of the day, in a reference that draws on literary resources to demonstrate key themes.

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Your attention, please. That's what God wants, Leighton Ford discovered. It's the path to becoming like Christ. Distractions, fear and busyness were keeping Ford from seeing God's work in and around him. He was missing God. So he began a journey of longing and looking for God. And it started with paying attention. In these pages, he invites you to journey with him. Using the rich monastic tradition of praying the hours, Ford will walk with you, helping you pay attention to God's work in you and around you throughout each day and in different seasons of your life. If you're busy, distracted, rushing through each day, you might be feeling disconnected from God, unable to see how he's working. You might be missing him. But the way toward him starts with a pause and a prayer with intention and attention and becomes a way of life, awake and alive to the peaceful, powerful presence of God."

From Publishers Weekly
Ford would seem an unlikely candidate to write a gentle, moving introduction to traditional monastic spirituality. As Billy Grahams brother-in-law and frequent stand-in, Fords evangelical bona fides are unquestionable. Yet he describes the details of life at Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery in South Carolina, with the eye of the avid amateur painter he also is. Reading this book youll find yourself scribbling down prayers from obscure medieval figures like a certain St. Fursey. Ford is also appealing as he describes odd gestures hes willing to make in search of the God whos present in the everyday: hugging a tree, hugging himself in an airport with passersby all around, revealing his own struggles with his image and how to pursue God rather than his own self-aggrandizement. He does make a distinctly Protestant addition to the tradition of monastic spirituality, insisting that the most rigorous of spiritual practices are for all believers. The few missteps are slight: Fords references to his heavy travel schedule and frequent vacations do threaten to make this feel like a spirituality for the upper-middle class only, and his readings of scripture tend to the emotive and literal. (May)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Attentive Life: Discerning God's Presence in All Things by Leighton Ford has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • CBA Retailers - 05/01/2008 page 51
  • Library Journal - 03/01/2008 page 71
  • Publishers Weekly - 03/10/2008 page 78
  • Christian Retailing - 04/21/2008 page 23

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Item Specifications...

Studio: IVP Books
Pages   225
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 2008
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830835164  
ISBN13  9780830835164  

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More About Leighton Ford

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Leighton Ford is a Presbyterian minister, evangelist, and author who has spoken in forty countries and is known as a leader in world evangelization. His focus in recent years has been on the next generation of Christian leadership, and serves as a mentor for emerging global leaders. He and his wife, Jeanie live in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Leighton Ford has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Lifeguide Bible Studies

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Slow Down, Connect with God, Move Forward  Jan 22, 2009
Leighton Ford writes with rare honesty and clarity as he approaches the task of spiritual formation. Less "how to" and more "why" --- this book shows all of us how to cease from our multi-tasking, overcommitted work and world, centering ourselves in God's holy presence.

Less is more. Less noise, less hurry, less programs. More contemplative time, more quiet time, more time in the Word. Ford writes especially for those in later seasons of life, yet his advice is practical and helpful for the "fast-laners" who are still climbing ladders at 30 or 40.

Carefully crafted; a great read for a quiet evening or a vacation spent being, rather than doing. All meat, no fluff, filled with wisdom.

Dr. David Frisbie
The Center for Marriage & Family Studies
Author of The Soul-Mate Marriage: The Spiritual Journey of Becoming One
Refreshing  Jan 18, 2009
It is so refreshing to read a book that embraces both the Evangelical tradition as well as the spiritual tradition of praying the hours. In this book, Leighton Ford invites Christians from all traditions to embrace a spiritually rich prayer life which will draw us closer to God. Using his own faith journey, Leighton shares how he has been blessed to combine the best of his Evangelical theology with the practice of prayer that some may have never explored. Leighton has been enriched and so will be the reader.
The Attentive Life  Jan 11, 2009
I appreciated the reminder to be attentive to the movement of God's Spirit in our lives as well as being attentive to my loved ones and the people with whom I come into contact each day. I also appreciated the author sharing his faith journey at different part of the book. I had heard of Leighton Ford, but never read any of his writings. I recommend this book wholeheartedly.
Wonderful, warm, spiritual, memorable book.  Oct 18, 2008
I was given this book by a lady very much older than me who is still discovering life every day (I am 61). The man who led me to the Lord is a friend of Leighton Ford and I have met Leighton Ford some years ago. This book became better and better as the chapters progressed. I also read it slower and slower as I neared the end. Since I am an evangelical Pastor and Bible Teacher I was suspicious at first of Leighton's attendance at a monastery. But I need not have worried. If you are young read the chapters past your time of life with anticipation. But since I am closer to the end than the beginning I was emotionally and spiritually moved by the chapters closer to the close of the book. I can only say that this book has drawn me closer to Christ and made me more determined to slow down but keep moving - to pay attention but keep learning and to long for heaven but keep living on earth. I wish I could go for a walk with Leighton to the top of Grand Father mountain. I can only thank God for a life still being well lived and a book that has lifted my soul toward eternity.
a true guide for a life of attentiveness  Sep 22, 2008
Insightful, practical, and inspiring message that encourages one to truly "pay attention" in both our spiritual and our secular lives. It is well written and understandable. I will reread this book and strive to use it in my daily walk.

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