World-Renowned Spiritual Guide and Counselor Henri Nouwen Reveals the Five Classical Stages of Spiritual Development in ‘Spiritual Formation’

World-Renowned Spiritual Guide and Counselor Henri Nouwen Reveals the Five Classical Stages of Spiritual Development in ‘Spiritual Formation’











Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit by Henri Nouwen


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 28, 2010

Henri Nouwen understood the spiritual life as a journey of faith and transformation that is deepened by accountability, community, and relationships. Though he counseled many people during his lifetime, his principles of spiritual formation were never written down. Now, in SPIRITUAL FORMATION: Following the Movements of the Spirit (July 2010; HarperOne), Michael Christensen, one of Nouwen’s longtime students, and Rebecca Laird take his famous course in spiritual formation and supplement it with his unpublished writings to create the definitive series on Nouwen’s thoughts on the Christian life.

The first book in the series, SPIRITUAL DIRECTION, introduced readers to Nouwen’s core concepts and how to live the questions of the spiritual life. Now SPIRITUAL FORMATION reveals Nouwen’s sage advice on how to live out the five classical stages of spiritual development:


    Awakening (our desire)
    Purgation (purifying our passions)
    Illumination (of God)
    Dark Night (of the Soul)
    Unification (with God)

Featuring a unique visio divina to help guide and focus prayer, this volume reveals Nouwen’s unparalleled wisdom on how to move from the mind to the heart and live there in the center—the place where God dwells.

Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996) is the author of Reaching Out, The Wounded Healer, Making All Things New, and many other spiritual classics. He taught psychology and pastoral theology at Notre Dame, Yale, and Harvard universities before becoming senior pastor of L’Arche Daybreak in Toronto, Canada, a community where men and women with intellectual disabilities and their assistants create a home for one another. To learn more, visit http://www.henrinouwen.org.

Michael J. Christensen, Ph.D., is national director of Communities of Shalom at Drew University, where he teaches spirituality and practical theology. He studied with Henri Nouwen at Yale Divinity School.

Rebecca Laird, M.A., D. MIN., is director of ministerial formation at Drew University, where she teaches spiritual formation and Christian ministry.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION: Following the Movements of the Spirit

Henri Nouwen

HarperOne, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

On-sale June 29

Hardcover | $ 25.99 | ISBN: 9780061686122

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Matthew Paul Turner Inks Deal with Relevant Books – Turner’s First Full-Length Book, The Christian Culture Survival Guide, Releases May 18

Matthew Paul Turner Inks Deal with Relevant Books – Turner’s First Full-Length Book, The Christian Culture Survival Guide, Releases May 18











(PRWEB) May 10, 2004

Former Editor of CCM Magazine Matthew Paul Turner recently signed a publishing agreement with Relevant Books, a division of Relevant Media Group, Inc. Turner’s first full-length project, The Christian Culture Survival Guide: The Misadventures of an Outsider on the Inside will be sold in both mainstream and Christian retail outlets beginning May 18.

The Christian Culture Survival Guide is a humorous and provocative book about Turner’s experiences growing up in Christian culture. He comments, “I can assure you that this book will be like nothing else in the marketplace. It’s a memoir of sorts about being raised in church culture. I write about everything from ‘Christian’ dating to wearing my WWJD bracelet to surviving three church splits… I’m sure some will find it controversial to talk so blatantly about my church life, but I believe many people––from various religious backgrounds––will relate.”

“Matthew is gutsy, relevant, and we’re thrilled about this partnership” says President/CEO of Relevant Media Group, Cameron Strang. “His tongue-in-cheek writing style paired with a sincere compassion for the reader makes this an effective book.”

Prior to his time as the editor of Christian music’s leading publication, CCM Magazine, Turner held many other roles linked to Christian entertainment, including concert booker for famous coffeehouse Jammin’ Java and music/entertainment editor for Crosswalk.com. He is a contributor to Relevant Magazine, HomeLife Magazine as well as Christian Single and tours the country speaking to young people about their relevance in Christ and how media influences believers. Turner recently founded Dotted Line Media & Entertainment, a company dedicated to finding creative and innovative ways to present the truth about Christ in culture.

Founded in 2001, Relevant Books specializes in publishing titles in three categories: God, Life and Progressive Culture. Past and current titles include Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2, The Gospel According to Tony Soprano and Spiritual Journeys: How Faith Has Influenced 12 Music Icons.

For more information, visit: http://www.MatthewPaulTurner.com or http://www.relevantmediagroup.com.

For an interview with Matthew Paul Turner, contact Summer Scott:

407.333.7152 x9507 or summer@relevantmediagroup.com

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The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3Rd Ed., 2010 Now Available

The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3Rd Ed., 2010 Now Available

It’s Here!

 

Announcing the third edition of

 

The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide

 

By Dick B. and Ken B.

(released April 2010)

 

This new, third edition has been substantially revised and updated in conjunction with the release this month of the new “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” class by Dick B. and Ken B. on four DVD’s.

 

The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed.

Table of Contents

 

Introduction (by Dick B.)

Miraculous Healings Are Recorded in the Bible and Are Still Occurring Today

Effective Christian Work with Alcoholics Before A.A.

The Background Factors from Dr. Bob’s Youth in St. Johnsbury (1879-1898)

The Background Factors from Bill Wilson’s Youth (1895 to 1913) and Later

The Akron Genesis of Alcoholics Anonymous

The New York Origins

The Crucible at the Smith Home in Akron During the Summer of 1935

The Highly-Successful, Original Akron A.A. Program, as Summarized by Frank Amos and Quoted in

            DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers

14 Specific Practices Associated with the Original Akron A.A. “Christian Fellowship” Program Bill W.

            and Dr. Bob Developed

The Verification of Early A.A.’s Astonishing Success Rates

Documenting the Successes of the First 40 Pioneers

Helping the Newcomer with a Full Kit of Spiritual Tools

Some Suggested Tools with Which to Arm the Nestling about to Be Flung out of the Nest

Helping a Christian to Begin Recovery Today

“A New Way Out”

An Emerging Picture of Proposals and Potential Service from the California Meetings with Dick B.

            and Ken B. July 12-21, 2009

Address by Dick B. at the Association of Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselors (ACADC)

            Conference in Palm Springs, August 29, 2009

Conclusion

 

To purchase the new, third edition of The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide by Dick B. and Ken B., please see the ordering instructions in the center column of the front page of the www.DickB.com web site.

 

Get up to Speed!

 

Dick B. is a writer, historian, retired attorney, Bible student, CDAAC, and an active and recovered member of the Alcoholics Anonymous Fellowship. He has published 39 titles and more than 300 articles on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous. He is the leading “unofficial” A.A. historian in the world today.

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New Edition of Shepherd’s Guide Christian Yellow Pages is Now Available Free

New Edition of Shepherd’s Guide Christian Yellow Pages is Now Available Free










York, PA (PRWEB) February 16, 2007

Shepherd’s Guide of South Central Pennsylvania is now circulating 30,000 copies of it’s 15th annual edition throughout the local Christian community. Shepherd’s Guide is the nation’s largest Christian Yellow pages and has over 100 current directories all throughout the US.

The South Central Pennsylvania book has several hundred listings of Christian owned and opporated businesses, as well as local churches, Christian schools, and ministries. All advertisers in Shepherd’s Guide sign a ‘statement of faith’ which reads: I have received Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, and my desire is to live my life for His Glory.

I have been born again according to John 3:3 which states, “…except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” I pledge to hold the highest Biblical code of ethics in my transactions. It is my ambition to treat my clients with the utmost respect and integrity.

Shepherd’s Guide has been publishing directories for over 28 years and are not just another yellow-page publication, but a Christian business directory that emphasizes trust as the central ethic of the publication. Our familiar shepherd logo appears at the bottom right corner of all ads in which the advertiser has signed this Statement of Faith. In this way, Christian families can rely on The Shepherd’s Guide to identify trustworthy businesses.

The Shepherd’s Guide is North America’s premier Christian business directory. It is a quality publication designed to strengthen, edify and unite the Body of Christ by giving Christians in all areas of business an easy and affordable way to reach Christian consumers. The goal of The Shepherd’s Guide is to help bring the Christian community closer together while providing Christians in business a unique way to communicate their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

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Romania – A Short Guide For Holidaymakers

Romania – A Short Guide For Holidaymakers

Romania is a country which is friendly to visitors, welcoming and beautiful – in many ways, a land that time forgot. This is a country of great variety, history and culture – quite probably the most beautiful and interesting of the Eastern European states. To enjoy the “real” Romania, the best Accommodation in Romania is in simple yet comfortable inns, boutique hotels and farm houses spread across the alluring regions of Transylvania, Maramures and Moldavia. Idyllic holidays are to be had in the rural heartland of Romania, which is really the life and soul of the country, and is where the culture and ethos of Romania were created. A great idea is to join an escorted small group for a tour of Transylvania – ideal for first time visitors to the country. Such a tour can provide a unique insight into the people and culture of Romania. Try these ideas for variety and fascination? Visit the largest Gothic church in Eastern Europe – The Black Church of Brasov; bear-track by night; walk the cobbled streets, intimate courtyards and wide stone staircases of Sibiu, European Capital of Culture for 2007; meet a tinsmith Gypsy family in the magical, memorable, fairytale town of Sighisoara; enjoy a traditional Transylvanian dinner in Viscri, famed for its fortified church and its links with Prince Charles; enjoy a horse and cart ride to a sheepfold; and get to know Bucharest’s Parisian-inspired parks, buildings and elegant avenues. And there’s more! Travel north to Maramures surrounded mostly by mountains and blessed with fertile valleys. The region is renowned for its 17th and 18th century spindly wooden churches and here the visitor will be enchanted by fairytale hamlets, country fairs and artisans who still maintain the ancient art of their given trades. Enjoy a stay with Popica – a famous Romanian musician-turned-farmer – whose wife specialises in the mouth-watering local dishes. Their farm is an ideal base for walks through the countryside and to the nearby Nature Reserve set amidst the surrounding mountains. Meantime, the Painted Churches of southern Bucovina, in northern Moldavia, are among the greatest artistic treasures of Europe and are all designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites – simply stunning and well worth the trip. Moldovians are well known for being a very generous and hospitable people, which is only too evident when exploring this area. Whichever region you choose for your holiday in Romania, each has a distinct character and atmosphere, which is why multi-centre holidays in Romania are always a popular option.

Jimi St.Pierre in association with travel editor Penny Church, has worked with Sunvil – the “real Romania” – to produce elements of this article. Find Sunvil brochures online with holiday brochure finder Travelwhere, where you will also find a wide range of holiday brochures featuring Romania and other major holiday destinations.

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