The Voice Of The Heart: A Call To Full Living

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Profoundly insightful, The Voice of the Heart offers a deeper understanding of how to live an abundant life. Chip Dodd teaches us how to begin to know our hearts so that we better know ourselves and are better equipped to live in relationship with others and, ultimately, with God. Included with the book is a audio compact disc. The CD is a companion presentation by Chip Dodd to supplement the material covered in the book. It provides additional teaching on the Spiritual Root System, particularly how feelings play a vital role in our emotional and spiritual maturity.

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How much longer can I do this? Is God good? Is there ever more? What’s the point? Dr. Chip Dodd refers to these as questions of the heart in his new book, "The Voice of the Heart: A Call to Full Living" (Sage Hill Resources, a division of Providence Publishing Corporation). Dodd encourages people to examine these questions instead of numbing their hearts with neglect.

A full life is beyond our grasp without knowing the eight feelings that are stamped upon our hearts - hurt, loneliness, sadness, anger, fear, shame, guilt, and gladness. For many of us, life is only about survival. Sadly, we live lives of self-protection. We close doors to anything that might lead to hurt or disappointment, only to also shut out our hearts to relationship and all that is joyous and full.

Profoundly insightful, The Voice of the Heart offers us a deeper understanding of how to live an abundant life. Chip Dodd teaches us how to begin to know our hearts so that we better know ourselves and are better equipped to live in relationship with others and, ultimately, with God. "This book is an invitation to rediscovery," Dodd says. "It helps you to find what you lost and reawaken what is asleep. It will hopefully be a tool to help you knock down the walls around your heart." Dodd believes that the awakening of the heart leads to an abundant life.

Dodd has spent the past several years developing and teaching the "Spiritual Root System," a metaphor explaining the life of the heart. The system’s five roots are feelings, needs, desires, longings, and hope. "The Voice of the Heart" explains all five roots, but the book’s emphasis is feelings. "You and I have only eight feelings," Dodd says. "We cannot live in fullness without knowing these feelings. The paradox is that if we choose fullness with our feelings, we also choose to experience pain." The eight feelings Dodd has identified are hurt, loneliness, sadness, anger, fear, shame, guilt, and gladness.

People often ask Dodd why only one of the feelings–gladness–is positive. "Each feeling is positive because of where it can lead," he responds. "It’s my behavior that is good or bad; feelings themselves are good — each feeling is a gift from God." Dodd believes that listening to the feelings of the heart make openness and vulnerability possible, both with other people and with God. Living fully is the goal of life, he says, not being happy all of the time.

"Ultimately, living fully means more than happiness, comfort, or thrills," Dodd says. "You have the capacity to experience true joy, yet you are equally capable of grieving deeply while holding on to hope. Full life means you can expect great things in the midst of great loss. That’s the hope of Jesus."

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Do you want more out of life? Sage Hill Resources is about reawakening to the dream that life really can be good, full, and rich. It's about entering into an abundant life with all of its joy, pain, and mystery.

What's this about? On a practical level, Sage Hill Resources addresses marriage, family, parenting, relationships, and work. But at the same time, it's about so much more. It's about our origin and our destiny - where we've come from, who we are, and who we will be tomorrow. It calls us to acknowledge our heart and embrace the truth that lives within us all.

Who is this for? Sage Hill Resources is for postmodern searchers exploring who they are and where they are going, the wounded and broken-hearted who want healing to begin, the passionate faithful so busy doing that they have forgotten how to live, and burned-out believers who know there is more to life but don't know where to look.

What kind of life do you desire? Sage Hill Resources is not about doing more, learning more, or acquiring more. It's about calling each of us to a life of abundance. It's about us stepping into the mystery and beginning to live truthfully out of how we are uniquely and wonderfully made.

Sage Hill Resources is dedicated to producing materials that deal with matters of the heart: relationship, spiritual growth, and emotional healing. Our products are informed by the Spiritual Root System - a way of understanding how we are made, (as emotional and spiritual creatures in the image of God) and why we are made (for relationship with ourselves, others, and God).

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