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Close to the Heart: A Practical Approach to Personal Prayer

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It’s Time to Say “Yes” to the Mess

From satisfying work to sudden unemployment. From a happy marriage to a hurtful divorce. From caring for the kids to caring for an aging parent. These are just a few of the countless ways that life hurls us into the chaos of change, where our certainties are shaken and our faith may even begin to falter. But what if we saw the chaos—the “mess”—of our lives not as something to fear or eschew, but as something to be embraced?

In The Other Side of Chaos, best-selling author Margaret Silf looks closely at the subject of chaos—and the intrinsic transition it brings—through the lens of Christian spirituality. Through Scripture stories and verses, personal accounts, and other anecdotes, Silf helps us develop an authentic “spirituality of transition” that leads us to live out life’s inevitable changes constructively, creatively, and confidently.

Ultimately, The Other Side of Chaos gives us the courage to trust God when life is breaking down and to see our messes not as something to be rescued from, but as something that will help us break through to a place where God makes all things new.

It’s Time to Say “Yes” to the Mess

From satisfying work to sudden unemployment. From a happy marriage to a hurtful divorce. From caring for the kids to caring for an aging parent. These are just a few of the countless ways that life hurls us into the chaos of change, where our certainties are shaken and our faith may even begin to falter. But what if we saw the chaos—the “mess”—of our lives not as something to fear or eschew, but as something to be embraced?

In The Other Side of Chaos, best-selling author Margaret Silf looks closely at the subject of chaos—and the intrinsic transition it brings—through the lens of Christian spirituality. Through Scripture stories and verses, personal accounts, and other anecdotes, Silf helps us develop an authentic “spirituality of transition” that leads us to live out life’s inevitable changes constructively, creatively, and confidently.

Ultimately, The Other Side of Chaos gives us the courage to trust God when life is breaking down and to see our messes not as something to be rescued from, but as something that will help us break through to a place where God makes all things new.

Synopsis:

Inner Compass offers a practical guide to greater self-knowledge and spiritual awareness through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Close to the Heart opens up a world of imaginative yet simple ways to approach individual prayer. Going on Retreat is a valuable resource for anyone considering a retreat experience.

Synopsis:

Close to the Heart is a comprehensive guide that opens a world of imaginative yet simple ways to approach personal prayer. Breaking through boundaries and stereotypes, best-selling author Margaret Silf shows personal prayer to be a journey into reflective living as she invites readers to experience prayer as a natural, organic process. Silf's stories and suggestions, drawn from contemporary life, are solid and practical. She explains, "This book sets the scene for deep personal prayer by suggesting ways of inner stillness and reflective living. It tempts the reader to search for 'clues to the kingdom' on the sidewalks of his or her own hometown."

Synopsis:

The Other Side of Chaos gives us the courage to trust God when life is breaking down and to see our messes not as something to be rescued from, but as something that will help us break through to a place where God makes all things new. Discover a new way to navigate chaos and to find meaning in the messes of life.

Synopsis:

Four women authors provide inspiration and spiritual sustenance for every day of the year.

Synopsis:

Women everywhere are invited into a moment of inspiration and reflection with The Daily Inspiration for Women. Relevant and fresh, this book is a collection of shared wisdom among four women in various stages in life, providing the reader with an abundance of experience, knowledge, perspective, and support. Told through the lens of changing seasons, four women share their individual, spiritual wisdom in this daily source of strength, solace, and celebration that happen in the seasons of a woman’s life.

Synopsis:

A real-life approach to prayer
 
Sharing her own life-changing prayer experiences as well as those of others, Margaret Silf invites us to embark on our own adventure in prayer, with promises that we will not be disappointed. In Close to the Heart, she introduces a world of imaginative yet simple ways to approach personal prayer, tempting us to search for “clues to the kingdom” in everyday life. This experiential book, Silf explains, “starts where people really are and encourages them to discover God in their real lives—in the agony and the ecstasy, the glorious and the mundane.”

Breaking through boundaries and stereotypes, Margaret Silf shows prayer as a journey into reflective living. This comprehensive guide helps readers experience prayer as a natural, organic process and offers a powerful vision of what personal prayer can be.

“This is an excellent book on prayer and its relationship to every aspect of life. Writing of ordinary things in simple, lucid prose, . . . the author helps us glimpse God, seamlessly woven into earthy experience.”

—gerard w. hughes, s.j.

“[Silf] has a great gift. . . . She never skirts real life, with its questions, fears, doubts, and desires. She doesn’t clean anything up and make it ‘spiritual and holy,’ for she sees all of life as spiritual and holy.”

—janet schaeffler, Office for Religious Education, Archdiocese of Detroit

About the Author

Margaret Silf is a popular retreat director and speaker on Ignatian spirituality. She is the author of numerous books, including Compass Points, Inner Compass, Close to the Heart, Going on Retreat. and her forthcoming book The Other Side of Chaos.  She lives in Scotland.

 

Table of Contents

Contents

    1    Dislodged  1

    2    Crisis: Danger or Opportunity?  11

    3    Mind the Gap  19

    4    Bridges over Troubled Waters  25

    5    When the Traveler Is Ready, the Bridge Appears  35

    6    God Bless This Mess  43

    7    Can Bad News Be Good News?  53

    8    The Day the Rains Came  61

    9    The Rock and the Sand  71

    10    A Fly on the Face of the Mona Lisa  81

    11    Strange Attraction  91

    12    When Bad Seeds Yield Good Fruit  101

    13    Places of Passage, Places of Fear  109

    14    Yesterday Is Already Ours  119

    15    Will You Save Your Life or Spend It?  127

    16    Restoration? Renovation? Re-creation!  137

    17    Adapt, Survive, Transcend  147

    18    It’s a Bit Muddy . . .  159

    19    Some Transitions in Scripture  177

    20    As You Move On . . .  181

Product Details

ISBN:
9780829416510
Author:
Silf, Margaret
Publisher:
Loyola Press
Author:
Wright, Vinita Hampton
Author:
Moyer, Ginny Kubitz
Author:
Griffith, Jessica Mesman
Subject:
General
Subject:
Prayer
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life - General
Subject:
Christian Life - General
Subject:
Religion Comparative-Scripture and Prayer
Subject:
personal prayer
Subject:
catholic prayer
Subject:
p
Subject:
ersonal prayer
Subject:
Silf
Subject:
Margaret Silf
Subject:
The Other Side of Chaos
Subject:
Daily devotional
Subject:
Reflection
Subject:
Women
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20030131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
376
Dimensions:
6.5 x 4.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , Inner Compass offers a practical guide to greater self-knowledge and spiritual awareness through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Close to the Heart opens up a world of imaginative yet simple ways to approach individual prayer. Going on Retreat is a valuable resource for anyone considering a retreat experience.
"Synopsis" by ,
Close to the Heart is a comprehensive guide that opens a world of imaginative yet simple ways to approach personal prayer. Breaking through boundaries and stereotypes, best-selling author Margaret Silf shows personal prayer to be a journey into reflective living as she invites readers to experience prayer as a natural, organic process. Silf's stories and suggestions, drawn from contemporary life, are solid and practical. She explains, "This book sets the scene for deep personal prayer by suggesting ways of inner stillness and reflective living. It tempts the reader to search for 'clues to the kingdom' on the sidewalks of his or her own hometown."
"Synopsis" by ,

The Other Side of Chaos gives us the courage to trust God when life is breaking down and to see our messes not as something to be rescued from, but as something that will help us break through to a place where God makes all things new. Discover a new way to navigate chaos and to find meaning in the messes of life.

"Synopsis" by ,
Four women authors provide inspiration and spiritual sustenance for every day of the year.
"Synopsis" by ,
Women everywhere are invited into a moment of inspiration and reflection with The Daily Inspiration for Women. Relevant and fresh, this book is a collection of shared wisdom among four women in various stages in life, providing the reader with an abundance of experience, knowledge, perspective, and support. Told through the lens of changing seasons, four women share their individual, spiritual wisdom in this daily source of strength, solace, and celebration that happen in the seasons of a woman’s life.
"Synopsis" by ,
A real-life approach to prayer
 
Sharing her own life-changing prayer experiences as well as those of others, Margaret Silf invites us to embark on our own adventure in prayer, with promises that we will not be disappointed. In Close to the Heart, she introduces a world of imaginative yet simple ways to approach personal prayer, tempting us to search for “clues to the kingdom” in everyday life. This experiential book, Silf explains, “starts where people really are and encourages them to discover God in their real lives—in the agony and the ecstasy, the glorious and the mundane.”

Breaking through boundaries and stereotypes, Margaret Silf shows prayer as a journey into reflective living. This comprehensive guide helps readers experience prayer as a natural, organic process and offers a powerful vision of what personal prayer can be.

“This is an excellent book on prayer and its relationship to every aspect of life. Writing of ordinary things in simple, lucid prose, . . . the author helps us glimpse God, seamlessly woven into earthy experience.”

—gerard w. hughes, s.j.

“[Silf] has a great gift. . . . She never skirts real life, with its questions, fears, doubts, and desires. She doesn’t clean anything up and make it ‘spiritual and holy,’ for she sees all of life as spiritual and holy.”

—janet schaeffler, Office for Religious Education, Archdiocese of Detroit

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