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The Art of Being: Reflections on the Beauty and the Risk of Embracing Who We Areby Constance Rhodes
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“There’s an art to being anxious for nothing. There’s an art to being at peace with God, your neighbor, your world, and yourself. Oh what a great friend, follower, and citizen you are if you are at peace just being you. Start there, and you can go anywhere.”
–from the foreword by Charlie Peacock
It’s Not What You Do. It’s Who You Are.
In today’s achievement-oriented culture, it can feel impossible to separate who we are from what we accomplish. We introduce ourselves by announcing what we do for a living. Endless “to do” lists drive us away from self-discovery and true contentment. We hope that our successes will cause our busyness to feel worthwhile, yet despite our accomplishments, we long for something more.
Featuring original essays and stories from a diverse list of contributors including Jonathan Foreman (Switchfoot), Sara Groves, Matthew Odmark (Jars of Clay), Gloria Gaither, Don and Lori Chaffer (Waterdeep), Tammy Trent, and Linford Detweiler (Over the Rhine), The Art of Being explores what it really means to “be” who we are. Here you will find an encouraging, challenging companion on your journey toward discovering your true identity–and toward finding a satisfaction that lasts.
Life Is Not a Resumé
Higher bank balances, stylish clothes, and popularity among our peers may look impressive on the surface, but these things don’t satisfy our craving for contentment. True satisfaction is found when our spirit is fed with a sense of purpose. The stories and reflections in The Art of Being will inspire you to resist the disappointing pursuit of the temporal and explore a deeper understanding of who you are as the unique artwork of your Creator.
Constance Rhodes is the founder and director of FINDINGbalance, an organization dedicated to eating, image, and lifestyle management issues. She is also the
Explores the idea that the peace people seek is found not by pursuing the trappings of work, achievements, and possessions, but rather by resting in who they have been created to be--features essays from some of today's top recording artists.
Table of Contents
Seeking the art of being? / by Constance Rhodes — God's little snail / Sara Groves — Being fierce, being gutsy, being wild / Gabriel Wilson — The reality of dreams / Ginny Owens — Being present in the gray / Paul Meany — The myth of clarity / Jill Phillips — Be the story / Matthew Odmark — It's not about me / Tammy Trent — The ensuing struggle / Jonathan Foreman — On being and dying / Ashley Cleveland — Sixty-five miles an hour / Don Chaffer — The value of wasting time / Lori Chaffer — The curiosity of God / Linford Detweiler — Becoming-the girl in the mirror / Christine Dente — Giving what has been given / Phil Keaggy — Lessons learned along the way : an interview with Gloria Gaither and her best friends, Joy MacKenzie and Peggy Benson.
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