Staff Recommendations: Books on Spiritual Formation

In an effort to make good resources known to congregants, we asked several people on staff to recommend gems they’ve come across in their various fields. This week, we asked the Care Team to give us their book recommendations.

Paul Kim – Pastor of Family Ministry | Director of Life on Life

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God – Timothy Keller

Prayer is hard.  Our busy lives and self-reliant instincts often make prayer an idea we may agree with but seldom actually do.  Keller offers some great wisdom on what prayer is and it’s many benefits, the greatest of which is experiencing more of God Himself.  He draws on great theologians of the past (Augustine, Luther, Calvin, etc.) to helpus appreciate a broader and deeper view of prayer.  I’ve revisited the chapter on the Lord’s Prayer in my own devotions to help me model my prayer after Jesus.  And, a sign of a good book on prayer is that I’ve often put this book down to stop reading . . . and to pray.

 

Aimee Grimm – Assistant Director of Care

Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World – Henri Nouwen

Who am I? A basic human question and yet a constant human inquiry. Who am I in relationships? Who am I in this job? Who am I to this person? Who am I in at this age, stage, or place in life? Who am I now that this has happened to me?  Henri Nouwen’s book Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World attempts to answer that question. Nouwen wrote the book for a Jewish friend that was longing to be defined by something larger than what he was currently experiencing. He wanted to experience God and see if that could define him. If you are longing for a beautiful encounter with God and to know who you are at this moment, then read Nouwen’s book.



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