What does it mean to live a contemplative life? How does someone become contemplative? Does being contemplative mean sitting around thinking about God all day? Does it require living a simple or even austere life, like a monk or a nun?
Roger Owens challenges readers to expand their definition of contemplative living to encompass all ways of seeking to be more open, available, and responsive to God. God may be found just as easily in an office cubicle, a donut shop, or a laundry room as in a monastic cell.
In Everyday Contemplative, Owens presents seven characteristics of contemplative living: longing, attention, patience, playfulness, vulnerability, nonjudgment, and freedom. One ingredient he considers essential to the contemplative life is sharing it with others, and this book invites readers to discover the joys of contemplative living.
L. Roger Owens is professor of Christian spirituality and ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, including What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality and Threshold of Discovery: A Field Guide to Spirituality in Midlife. Owens holds a PhD and MDiv from Duke University and a BA from Anderson University. An ordained United Methodist minister, he has pastored urban and rural congregations in North Carolina. Owens is married to Rev. Ginger Thomas, and they are the parents of three children. He loves to read, sing, listen to his children make music, and take quiet walks.