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In ‘The God of Intimacy and Action’ the authors of ‘Connecting Like Jesus’ again join forces to help you rediscover those quiet, personal and contemplative spiritual practices that lead you into a deeper sense of intimacy with God. Because only with that knowledge of God at the heart of your being can you find the spiritual passion and energy to reach out to others; spreading the gospel and creating the conditions where justice for the poor and oppressed can take root, grow and flourish.
As in their previous book, the two authors show why only this combination of intimacy and action is not only crucial to the gospels impact on society, but is supported by historical evidence. Examples are drawn from the lives of men and women of great faith through the Christian ages including St Francis of Assisi, Ignatius of Loyola, and Catherine of Siena.
Campolo and Darling help you explore the practices of so called ‘mystical spirituality’ that few readers understand – and might even fear because of that unknown. The integration of its practices with evangelism and justice lead toward what the authors call 'holistic Christianity' that will nurture and energise personal spirituality beyond the private Christian life with an impact that goes deeper than merely limiting the action of belief to self-righteous and self serving beliefs and behaviours.
The God of Intimacy and Action by Tony Campolo; Mary Albert Darling was published by SPCK in March 2013 and is our 44419th best seller. The ISBN for The God of Intimacy and Action is 9780281069330.
Evangelism and justice are given a masterful working with the challenge to recognise that we cannot live the Christian life without making radical change.
The chapter on mysticism and the desire for a hollistic gospel offers something quite unique. Darling integrates three Biblical disciplines for regular practice: Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer, and the Prayer of Examen.
Old fathers and mothers of the faith are sought as examples for their wisdom and faithfulness. This is not just an inspirational book; it is a textbook on the mystical path. It instructs the reader in practical ways to fuel intimacy.
Language, perspective and emphasis may provoke and irritate, but this is a weighty and rich work that testifies to the wholeness and health of uniting proximity and service with and for God in His world.
Many Christians across the breadth of traditions who have long had this nagging suspicion that there is more to faith than right doctrine and right living will benefit greatly from this title. Here Campolo and Darling urge that we incorporate Ignatian practices into daily life as should those whose work for social justice has lost its spiritual steam. Those who already follow these three contemplative practices will likely find enough here to enhance further their spiritual lives. There is simply no other book out there that presents contemplative practice in the context of evangelism and justice; this is one of those sorely needed books whose time has finally arrived. Weighty words but ever so worth the effort.
"The Church needs teachers like Campolo and Darling who embody a holistic Christianity in which befriending the poor is prayer and prayer is an act of justice." - Mark Yaconelli, author of Contemplative Youth Ministry.
"I know both Tony and Mary personally and can testify to the genuineness of their search for spiritual wholeness. It is a search that always holds in creative tension a profound intimacy with God through Christ with a vigorous engagement in the social realities of our day." - Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline.
|Author / Artist||Tony Campolo; Mary Albert Darling|
|Publisher||SPCK (March 2013)|
|Number of Pages||276|
|Page last updated||28th January 2018|