I first listened to this book on Scribd and found myself wanting to highlight much of what I was hearing, so I grabbed a digital copy and am so glad I did! This book is really helpful and engaging.
All fruitful doing must begin with being. For many Christians, it’s easy to be swept up into the fast pace of modern life, desiring to do much for God. But we struggle to slow down and be with God.
According to pastor, Enneagram teacher, and author AJ Sherrill, being with God is what empowers doingfor God. Sherrill shares his own journey from “busy” Christianity to the ancient paths of contemplative practices. He equips readers to integrate rhythms of stillness, silence, and solitude, offering step-by-step guidance and examples of finding solitude both personally and on retreats.
Sherrill warns that making these changes appears absurd in a society where time is money, productivity is central, and hurry is a way of life. He guides readers gently through the beginning and often confusing stages of contemplative practice. Citing timely insights from the world of neurology and mental health, he shows that solitude is crucial not only for Christian growth but also for holistic flourishing. Foreword by Rich Villodas.
Readers will emerge, centered in Christ, well on their way to this goal: slow down, pay attention, be still, and be loved.
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Something I’ve Learned This Week – Don’t Break Presence
I received feedback that when I am writing down notes during meetings, that I am actually breaking presence. I am learning to write less and make eye contact more. Being a veraious note-taker, this is an adjustment, but it seems to be a good shift.
A Quote from I’m Thinking About
The truth is that every moment of every day, the most significant reality in the entire universe is the radical availability of God‘s presence.” — AJ Sherrill