Item description for Praying Our Experiences: An Invitation to Open Our Lives to God by Joseph F. Schmidt & Benedict J. Groeschel...
Overview In this updated and expanded edition of a spiritual classic, Christian Brother Joseph Schmidt gently shows how reflecting with God on the everyday experiences of life is the key to spiritual growth.
Publishers Description God wants us to share our lives and our hearts with him. In this updated and expanded edition of a spiritual classic, Christian Brother Joseph Schmidt gently leads us to recognize that honest reflection before God on the ordinary experiences of our lives is the very means of our spiritual growth. As we speak to God about our personal story, we can explore the significance of our unrest, our joys, our fears, and our hopes. Then the Holy Spirit will lead us to self-knowledge and the freedom to accept and appreciate ourselves and our lives as they are. This book goes beyond any specific way of praying to the very heart of prayer: intimacy with God.
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Studio: Word Among Us Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.01" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.27" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2008
Publisher WORD AMONG US PRESS #1425
ISBN 1593251165 ISBN13 9781593251161
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More About Joseph F. Schmidt & Benedict J. Groeschel
Schmidt has been a high school teacher and principal, assistant director of youth for Achdiocese of Philadelphia, retreat master, popular speaker, and workshop presenter, as well as spiritual director and author
Joseph F. Schmidt has published or released items in the following series...
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Touching Hearts Jul 9, 2008
A book about Christian Spirituality that goes through four editions in eighteen years and remains popular must be "touching hearts" at a deep level. "Praying Our Experiences" by Brother Joseph Schmidt, FSC is such a book. Insightful and clearly written, it avoids the temptation toward academic and theological language while at the same time being a profound presentation on prayer in the Christian tradition. Three things strike me immediately in reading the fourth edition: the expansion from ten chapters to fifteen chapters, more examples of what it means to pray one's experiences, and the author's devotion to St. Therese of Liseaux. The thesis of the book remains the same: "Praying our experiences is the practice of reflecting on and entering honestly into our everyday experiences in order to become aware of God's Word in them and offer ourselves through them to God." (p. 35) For this reader the chapter on "Incarnational Prayer" was most meaningful. "The reality of the Word's having become flesh and having lived among us assures us that God is at home in human experience and that our prayer is born from our human experiences." (p. 69) My single criticism of this fourth edition is the little attention paid to the spirituality of St. John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. If any saint was a practitioner of "praying our experiences" De La Salle was that saint.
Praying Our Experiences goes to the heart of prayer: connecting who I am here and now with God who creates us, loves us, and calls us to the fullness of life. At first sight so simple, Br. Joseph tells the awful truth so invitingly: each of us falls so short of our potential yet we are still loved and invited. And we need not fear to let go of our pretenses and our plans. God is within and beyond, loving us beyond our capacity, as we honestly and trustingly look into our experiences and discern next steps.
Br. Joseph offers keen insight, practical suggestions and the reassurance of mystics to open ourselves to the richness of our life experiences embraced in the loving mystery of God.