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Earthy Mysticism: Spirituality for Unspiritual People [Paperback]

By Tex Sample (Author)
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This book, says the author, is "a testimony of narratives where [a] strange God appears. Such appearances supply the mystical states that have come to shape my life. I am not helped much by conventional approaches to spirituality. I find it almost impossible to do 'devotions.' Daily Bible study in the sense of devoting twenty to thirty minutes a day never worked for me. I cannot get around to scheduled times for prayer on my knees with head bowed. I find labyrinths and prayer beads boring. I am ever and again distracted in silent meditation. I simply cannot sustain a spirituality based in such things. "I do not regard myself as unusual or special. My hunch, and it is more than that, is that a host of people will recognize themselves in what I describe here. What is here is, clearly, my story, but it is not about me. It is about a God of surprises, of One who comes in the ordinary and the seamy. It is about a God who will goose you. It is about mystical moments when clearly the only thing that finally matters is this God who will never leave us alone, especially in the ordinary and angular places of life. It is, I hope, a spirituality for unspiritual people."

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This book, says the author, is a testimony of narratives where a] strange God appears. Such appearances supply the mystical states that have come to shape my life. I am not helped much by conventional approaches to spirituality. I find it almost impossible to do devotions. Daily Bible study in the sense of devoting twenty to thirty minutes a day never worked for me. I cannot get around to scheduled times for prayer on my knees with head bowed. I find labyrinths and prayer beads boring. I am ever and again distracted in silent meditation. I simply cannot sustain a spirituality based in such things. I do not regard myself as unusual or special. My hunch, and it is more than that, is that a host of people will recognize themselves in what I describe here. What is here is, clearly, my story, but it is not about me. It is about a God of surprises, of One who comes in the ordinary and the seamy. It is about a God who will goose you. It is about mystical moments when clearly the only thing that finally matters is this God who will never leave us alone, especially in the ordinary and angular places of life. It is, I hope, a spirituality for unspiritual people. From the Circuit Rider review: "Tex Sample s new book, "Earthy Mysticism: Spirituality for Unspiritual People," simultaneously says a whole lot and very little about the subject of mysticism. The word mysticism itself only shows up in the introduction and the last chapter, bracketing the book with a concept that Sample doesn t fully define or even directly reflect on the meaning of. That being said, Sample never claims to be writing a scholarly view of what mysticism might be, but instead attempts to show how one can recognize the presence of the holy in everyday life. In this he succeeds powerfully." (Click here to read the entire review.)"

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Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   104
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.51" Width: 5.45" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.38 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2008
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687649897  
ISBN13  9780687649891  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tex Sample is a free lance lecturer, workshop leader and preacher. He serves as the coordinator of The Network for the Study of U.S. Lifestyles. From 1967-1999 he was the Robert B. and Kathleen Rogers Professor of Church and Society at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri.

Tex Sample currently resides in the state of Missouri.

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More of Tex's stories ..........  Jun 1, 2008
WOW! Who would have thought you could string together a series of unrelated stories in an almost random order and make it a book that can't be put down? If anyone could do it, it would be Tex Sample. He is such a great storyteller, author, preacher, and person. I bought this book at 1:30 p.m. one afternoon and had it read by 5 p.m. God's perceived absence is sometimes the place of God's most powerful presence. Tex shows us how that can be. Thanks, Tex
 

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