How can we become again like little children - with open hearts free of the numbness and guile that so infects us as adults - to become aware of God's continuing presence, filling our lives with beauty and meaning? This book points the way and shows us the path we must follow. The reader will soon discover that Christ is there at the beginning of our journey, accompanies us along the way - and is indeed the path itself - and waits for us with open arms at the end of our journey. Here is a book rich with insight into being able to see the extraordinary in the ordinary, the sacramental and therefore the relational nature of everyone and everything - and the consequences of this vision for how we ought to live our lives as believers. --Fr. Steven Tsichlis, St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine, CA.
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If, indeed, as Dostoyevsky says, "Beauty will save the world," it is because beauty arises only in the presence of love. Without love, there is nothing beautiful. There is nothing valuable. There is nothing meaningful. Meaning arises and transformation occurs through the call and response of personal encounter when we discover a third presence Who offers us being-in-relationship that is greater than the determinism and inertia of biological life. The stories and reflections in this volume are offered in celebration of the One who, in surprising ways and unexpected circumstances, becomes the precious and pure gift of our being bread so that we may live the mystery of becoming bread for others. I wish this for all who read this bookFrom the Back Cover:
"This inspiring book will help many people break out of their customaryway of viewing life. The questions at the end of each chapter do not let the reader be merely content with enjoying the insightful ideas, butthey gently invite a deeper look within. It would be a good thing forpeople to read before going to confession!" Hieromonk Ephraim
"Stephen Muse's finely-written book is full of profound insights,eyebrow-raising surprises and unforgettable stories. Muse adds newdepths to a sentence most of us pray at least once daily, 'Give us thisday our daily bread.'" Jim Forest, author of All is Grace; Saint George & the Dragon; For the Peace From Above; Silent as a Stone
"Pouring over these sustaining narratives I startled to joyful recognition athaving come upon another brother along the way who is being drawn alongthe journey of prayer, which is also the journey to prayer, which isabundant life in Christ. Δόξα τῷ Θεῷ!!" Scott Cairns, Author of Slow Pilgrim (originally Short Trip to the Edge)
"Rarely is the depth of God's love of the cosmos and of each of us tasted so enjoyably." Dr. Demetra Velisarios Jaquet, D.Min., Clinical Director, Rocky Mountain Center for Spiritual Caregivers
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Book Description St. Tikhon's Monastery Press January 2015, 2015. Paper Back. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 135966
Book Description St. Tikhon's Monastery Press, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0990502953