Thursday, February 04, 2016

Why I Wrote a Book on Spirituality

As the release of my book inches ever closer, and in light of the conversation I've experienced this week that both inspired and resulted from Wednesday's post, I thought I'd offer a quick list of reasons why I wrote the book that I did.

The discussions I've been a part of this week helped generate this list, mostly in terms of helping to clarify the intended audience. I'm grateful for that, and I hope that in looking over this list maybe you or somebody you know might keep my book in mind when it comes out in a few months. And if this doesn't sound like it's for you, that's okay, too. Blessings on your journey either way.

Anyway. I wrote a book in spirituality...

...because Christian spirituality and spiritual practice actually does have a strong theological foundation and isn't as gooey as you think...

...because the Christian church existed prior to the Protestant Reformation, and they actually had some pretty good ideas about how to draw closer to God...

...because a lot of people in mainline churches are wondering if there are ways to connect with God besides three hymns and a sermon...

...because a lot of people outside the church are wondering if it has more to offer besides three hymns and a sermon...

...because God transcends our entire lives and isn't bound by particular traditions, orthodoxies, and preferred worship styles...

...because moments like grilling out, tasting wine, and being with loved ones can be sacred as much as sitting in a sanctuary can be...

...because a lot of people don't seem to know what to do with the word "spirituality" in general...

...because the term "spiritual but not religious" isn't going away, so we in the church might as well embrace it and engage it constructively...

...because there's a great big world of experiences out there, and God is in every one of them somehow, both good and bad, sharing gifts of presence and love and transformation, and if you're curious about that and want to know more about cultivating space within yourself to see it more clearly...

...then a book like this is for you.

Coffeehouse Contemplative: Spiritual Direction for the Everyday is tentatively set to release this summer from Noesis Press.

5 comments:

theedgeishere said...

Thanks for this post. I am beyond tired of the eye-rolling when spirituality is uttered especially from big name speakers.

~~Elaine

Barry Bordenkircher said...

All good reasons...esp the ones about 3 hymns and a sermon...you may be too kind there, lol

Barry Bordenkircher said...

All good reasons...esp the ones about 3 hymns and a sermon...you may be too kind there, lol

David L Rattigan said...

Looking forward to it.

Dave, aka Shep :)

Jeff Nelson said...

Good to see you, Dave! Hope all is well.