Contemplations from the Heart: Spiritual Reflections on Family, Community, and the Divine

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In this moving spiritual memoir, Dr. William Thiele shares inspiring stories of the birthing of a monastery without walls among everyday women and men around New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Along the way, core contemplative attitudes, practices, and principles were discovered. He offers these stories of birthing a School for Contemplative Living as a challenging call to a frantic and polarized world. Readers will be drawn toward their own spiritual transformation as they encounter imperfect monks with messy lives who are practicing God's presence and learning to serve the world from that presence. He encourages readers to join these monks in the world by forming contemplative communities who radiate loving-kindness as their first priority.

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Grace Ji-Sun Kim is Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University. She is the author of four books, including Colonialism, Han and the Transformative Spirit, The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other, and The Grace of Sophia. She has also co-edited several works, most notably the Asian Christianity in Diaspora series.

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''Contemplations from the Heart is an impressive blend of compelling personal stories, incisive theological reflections, and a prophetic call to action on major social issues of our time. With wisdom and passionate clarity, Kim demonstrates the intersectionality of racism, sexism, and other 'isms,' with environmental and economic justice. Her openness and honesty about her own personal challenges invite readers to adopt her practical suggestions for promoting change. I highly recommend this inspiring, transformative, and accessible book for personal devotions and group study.''
--Jann Aldredge-Clanton, author of Changing Church

''This book touches my spirit and informs my own daily rituals of self-cultivation practices. If you are a human being looking for balance and meaning, Contemplations from the Heart will feed your soul to help you live better in the world. Please give yourself the daily pleasure of reading this gracious gift from Grace.''
--Dwight N. Hopkins, author of Being Human

''Grace Ji-Sun Kim should be commended for her sincerity, courage, and thoughtfulness, for her book is a gift to the church. The church is in need of a fresh Asian-American woman's voice on issues that challenge the church today. What an enjoyable, insightful, and delightful read on the theological reflections that matter to us most--God, family, and community.''
--Jesse Jackson Sr., civil rights leader and President of Rainbow PUSH Coalition

''To be human is to be bound to this earth--to its concerns, frustrations, passions, pains, loves, vulnerabilities, and hopes; but to stake all on the claim that the bounds of humanity interplay with the movement of God is to be a theologian. Kim's reflections on a wide range of subjects are an invitation to think further about what this claim looks like in the turbulence of the ordinary.''
--Jason Goroncy, Dean of Studies, Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Dunedin, New Zealand --Wipf and Stock Publishers

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