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The Contemplative Response


by Ian Cowley

A followup to The Contemplative Minister, Ian Cowley offers a means of Christian ministry that speaks to people in the 21st Century.

  • For Church leaders

  • The Contemplative Response encourages thoughtful, peaceful ministry

  • A timely approach to shepherding a 21st century flock

  • Author

    Ian Cowley

  • Book Format

    Paperback / softback

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  • Published

    January 2019

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The true self finds peace in resting in the love of God, in the peace which Jesus promises. Jesus says to each of us in ministry, 'As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide, rest, dwell, in my love' (John 15:9).

This book will seek to show what this might mean for those in Christian ministry in the 21st century.

Following on from the success of The Contemplative Minister, Ian Cowley offers new insight and greater depth for Church leaders in a distracted world.

He emphasises that the true self finds peace in resting in the love of God and encourages ministers to minister to themselves as well as to others, ensuring that, in the peace which Jesus promises, their spiritual lives don't run dry amid the pressures of the job.

A must-read for contemplative leaders wanting to stay the course.

Introduction: Blessed are the Pure in Heart

Part One: Chose this day whom you will serve

Chapter One The Restless Heart

Chapter Two The Pull of the Ocean

Chapter Three The Real God

Part Two: The compulsions of the false self

Chapter Four Discovering the False Self

Chapter Five Acquire

Chapter Six The Remedy: Contentment

Chapter Seven Achieve

Chapter Eight The Remedy: Detachment

Chapter Nine Indulge

Chapter Ten The Remedy: Self-control

Part Three: The contemplative heart

Chapter Eleven Contemplation: The Way to Communion with God

Chapter Twelve Truthfulness and Self-Knowledge

Chapter Thirteen Learning to Live in the Present Moment

Chapter Fourteen Contemplation and Action

Conclusion: Interior Silence

Ian Cowley is Vocations and Spirituality Coordinator for the Diocese of Salisbury and set up and developed the Contemplative Minister programme, which has been greatly appreciated by many clergy. He has also written A People of Hope (Highland, 1993), Going Empty Handed (Monarch, 1996) and The Transformation Principle (Kingsway, 2002). He has been a parish priest in Natal, South Africa, and also in Cambridge and Peterborough.


  • Author

    Ian Cowley

  • Book Format

    Paperback / softback

  • Publisher


  • Published

    January 2019

  • Weight


  • Page Count


  • Dimensions

    131 x 197 x 25 mm

  • ISBN


  • ISBN-10


  • Eden Code


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  • Author/Creator: Ian Cowley

  • ISBN: 9780857466563

  • Publisher: BRF

  • Release Date: January 2019

  • Weight: 166g

  • Dimensions: 131 x 197 x 25 mm

  • Eden Code: 4557536

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