Item description for Enjoy the Silence: A 30- Day Experiment in Listening to God (Invert #27) by Maggie Robbins & Duffy Robbins...
Overview Help scripture come alive for students. This collection of 50 guided exercises plugs your students into the discipline of Lectio Divina without making it feel like homework. Each lesson takes students through the process of reading Scripture, meditation on Scripture, listening to God through Scripture, and responding to Scripture.
Publishers Description * Deepen your experience with Scripture * Discover the power of God s Word * Is the Bible speaking to you? * Learning to listen to Scripture * Listen to what God s Word is saying to you People talk about the power of the Bible, but sometimes Scripture just looks like normal words. However, inside these thin, innocent-looking pages is the divine revelation of a God who wants you to hear him. Enjoy the Silenceis about the spiritual discipline of Lectio Divina. This ancient practice can help you develop an awareness of God s presence and power found in the Bible. The book s simple exercises take you through the process of reading Scripture, meditating on Scripture, listening to God through Scripture, and responding to Scripture. If you feel like you ve been reading the Bible in the shallow end, it s time to start scaling the cliffs and get ready to plunge headlong into the deep experience of God s Word."
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Studio: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2005
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Number 27
ISBN 0310259916 ISBN13 9780310259916 UPC 025986259914
Availability 0 units.
More About Maggie Robbins & Duffy Robbins
Maggie Robinson likes adventure. Exploring new terrain. Especially when it involves spiritual stuff! She's a spiritual director, a discipler of young women, an avid reader and traveler, and loves to have a hot cup of tea at any time. She lives with her husband, Duffy, outside of Philadelphia, Pennsyvania.
Maggie Robbins currently resides in the state of New York. Maggie Robbins was born in 1952.
Reviews - What do customers think about Enjoy The Silence (Invert)?
Results from the "Experiment" Oct 19, 2006
I found this book to be very helpful in my walk with God. It made me slow down to read familiar passages which led to new and real insights. The authors do a great job of explaining and guiding the reader into "lectio divina." This book has helped me feel one with God while revealing my own heart more than any other devotional book. A great introductory devotional style read for anyone seeking to emotionally draw close to and connect with the heart of God.
Solitude and Silence Allow God's Voice to be Heard Jun 30, 2006
The ancient meditative practice called "lectio divina" (Latin for "divine reading") is very simple and very helpful in studying scripture. The practice requires that you read a passage of scripture slowly, preferrably out loud, and then consider the words thoughtfully. After some journaling and prayer, read the same passage again, this time considering what it felt like to be there, in the event. Use all your senses and your imagination and journal on the passage. Finally, a third reading where you listen for the words or phrase that really speak to you and journal prayerfully about that consise message. This message is most likely God speaking to you personally through scripture. Studying scripture doesn't get any better than this!
Before I read this book, my prayer times had become pretty one-sided, with me listing out for God all the requests and concerns I had on my heart like a "honey-do" list for my patient husband. The practice of "lectio divina" renewed in me a love for the quiet, prayerful, listening posture that I had lost in my prayer time and reminded me Bible study and prayer is supposed to be a conversation, not a monolouge.
So far so good Mar 6, 2006
So far this book is good, it has been hard to find the Silence to enjoy, which is probably all the more reason this book is something I need to be reading.
Day 9 Jan 1, 2006
First off, I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding and appreciating the Bible, God's inspired message. While this book does not require you to engage in any impossible techniques of meditation or higher understanding, it does help to have a general understanding of the structure of the Bible. For anyone wondering what that is, understand that
1) The entire Bible is inspired by God (see 2 Timothy 3:16) 2) All of history, both within and outside of the Bible, focuses on God 3) The Bible records historical events, but the books are not in chronological order (Google "Bible study" for more info)
I read day 9 today from this book. The book focuses on a practice with some funny latin name, but I still find it useful. You begin by reading a short passage of Scripture multiple times (slowly, not zooming through it to "feel good"). One or two sentences in the passage are in italics, and most of the focus is placed on them. The book has a few paragraphs about the passage, and it varies from day to day, but the discussion is always practical and concise. It has a small area for journaling, but most of the time is spent focusing on the meaning of the reading. I have been encouraged by the way it reveals characteristics of God; I see plainly how He desires to work in my life (and yours, don't get me wrong).
This book mentions meditation somewhere (maybe on the cover, I can't remember). However, it is not referring to the process of "clearing your mind." Rather, it is referring to consciously focusing on just a little bit of the Bible in order to discern what it is talking about (if you've read the Bible, you know that some parts are easier to understand than others). Meditating also helps to demonstrate the depth of God's love for us in the many various books of the Bible. Again, if you are interested in actually getting something out of reading the Bible, I would recommend you spend the time (and the $10) to get this book.