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Creating a Life with God

Creating a Life with God

The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices  

by Daniel Wolpert
Prayer Spiritual Practice

"This book is truly about life with God: a life in which the awareness and consciousness of God sweep us off our feet the way a lover would. It is about taking on the mind of Christ, a process that is a journey, the journey of prayer."

So begins Wolpert's invitation to fully experience the lifeline God offers us in prayer.

Creating a Life with God goes beyond the rote prayers that so many of us have experienced and found wanting. In fact, Wolpert admits that his own frustration with the formula prayers and his unsettled longing immediately after college led to his search for a different kind of prayer, one that's "a deep conversation with God beginning with communion and leading to transformation."

Prayer illuminates our minds, enabling the love of God to permeate all that we do. The purpose of this book is to nourish a deeper, more satisfying prayer life. Wolpert explains 12 prayer practices and introduces you to historical figures who best illuminate each practice. You'll discover new ways to pray through

  • experiencing solitude and silence
  • using your mind and imagination
  • using your body and creativity
  • connecting with nature and community

You'll discover how classical approaches to God can deepen your prayer life today. An appendix offers step-by-step instructions for practicing the Jesus Prayer and the prayer of examen, for walking the labyrinth, and more.

Creating a Life with God is suitable for both individual and small group study.

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-8358-9855-3
Publisher: The Upper Room
Imprint: Upper Room Books
Publication Date: 06/01/2003
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 8.3750 x 5.3750 x 0.4410

Daniel Wolpert, a healer and student of the spiritual life, has taught and led retreats in the fields of psychology, integrative medicine, and spiritual formation in numerous settings over the past 30 years. The cofounder and executive director of the Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing, a spiritual director, and a Presbyterian pastor, Wolpert is also the author of several books and multiple articles on spiritual life, leadership, and healing.


"Daniel is a pray-er. He knows the pain, boredom, and joy of silence. He knows the anxiety of waiting for a word from God. He knows what it's like to have your life slowly altered and transformed through regular periods of prayer. ... As you read these pages, know that this is more than a 'guidebook.' It is an invitation to join Jesus in prayer. It is an invitation to recognize and tend the longing of your heart."

-- from the Foreword by Mark Yaconelli
Conference Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project
San Francisco Theological Seminary

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