Looking Inward, Living Outward

Looking Inward, Living Outward

The Spiritual Practice of Social Transformation  

by Daniel Wolpert
Prayer Social Justice Spiritual Practice

Available June 2024; Preorder Now!

In a world of so much hurt, how can we create communities of care and healing?

While many contemporary Christians focus on a spirituality of the afterlife and individual salvation, Jesus calls us to create communities that enact justice and bring peace here on earth as it is in heaven. In his revelatory new book Looking Inward, Living Outward, popular spiritual leader Daniel Wolpert calls us back to a life of prayer and twelve specific spiritual practices that re-orient our gaze outward in acts of social transformation.

Drawing from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, one of the most radical speeches in human history, this encouraging and practical guide connects acts of contemplation with action, providing biblically based and spiritually grounded practices for living into the beloved community today. Discover how spiritual practices can change the way you interact with the world and inspire lasting change.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn practical spiritual practices to live a life molded by a deep spiritual connection.
  • Explore the nature of the spiritual life and how it can become a guiding force in our daily lives.
  • Understand the teachings of Jesus and the Sermon on the Mount as a blueprint for living in community and society.
  • Discover the importance of communities of practice in reorienting our actions and promoting compassion in a world filled with challenges.
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-8358-2051-6
Publisher: The Upper Room
Imprint: Upper Room Books
Publication Date: 06/01/2024
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 8.5000 x 5.5000 x 0.4410

Daniel Wolpert, a healer and student of the spiritual life, worked as a research scientist, psychologist, farmer, and teacher, before earning his Master of Divinity degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS). Co-founder and former Executive Director of the Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing, he has taught in the fields of psychology and spiritual formation in numerous settings around the world. A writer and a spiritual director, he has also played key roles in developing environments for contemplation and spiritual leadership, helping to build or restore monasteries, theological schools, and retreat centers across North America. The author of six books, his most recent work is Looking Inward, Living Outward: The Spiritual Practice of Social Transformation (Upper Room 2024). When not on the road, he lives in Seattle, Washington, hanging with his grandson as much as possible.


"Dan Wolpert's new book takes Jesus' primary teachings and makes them our curriculum for inner spiritual formation and for transformative engagement with our world. It's clear, accessible, and focused on what matters most. Highly recommended!" —Brian D. McLaren, author of Do I Stay Christian?

"In this time of cataclysm and convulsion, Dan issues a clarion call to do the inner work that will fully activate our human agency to fashion a compassionate and just society. This gem of a book is a training manual for those of us who are serious about heeding the prophet Micah's call to do justice, love mercy, and to walk humbly with God." —Rev. Gregory Bentley, Co-Moderator of the 224th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

"Like his spiritual guide, Jesus of Nazareth, preaching his sermon on the mount, Wolpert teaches us how to participate with God's transforming work in the world. To do so requires both contemplative retreat and loving action. As the physical body both breathes in and breathes out to stay alive; our spirits must look inward and live outward. Wolpert describes this sacred rhythm that keeps our spirits breathing with vitality as we serve God's Kin-dom… on Earth as it is in Heaven." —Frank Rogers Jr., Professor of Spiritual Formation and author of Cradled in the Arms of Compassion: A Spiritual Journey from Trauma to Recovery

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