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What We Need Is Here

What We Need Is Here

Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality  

by L. Roger Owens
Clergy & Laity Spiritual Practice

Are you seeking a deeper, more authentic experience of God? Maybe you've attended retreats, read dozens of books on spirituality, or even consulted a spiritual director and found yourself still wanting more.

Did you know that God has given you everything you need to live and flourish in a life with God? You can stop your restless searching and rediscover the gifts God has already given you.

In What We Need Is Here, Roger Owens calls you to return to 7 basics of Christian spirituality:

  • Reading the Gospels
  • Praying the Psalms
  • Making friends with silence
  • Finding Jesus at church
  • Meeting Jesus through Holy Communion
  • Embodying your spirituality
  • Being with the poor

Writing in a style that is honest, accessible, and at times humorous, Owens weaves his own stories of struggle with insights from the history of Christian spirituality to help you receive and open yourself to these 7 "givens."

This book includes practical exercises and questions for reflection and discussion, making it ideal for individuals and groups.

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.


Rare is the book that will change your feelings. You're holding one such book in your hands. Roger Owens's work is wise, gentle, funny, and holy.
—Jason Byassee, senior pastor, Boone United Methodist Church and a fellow in theology & leadership at Duke Divinity School

Roger Owens takes us to the heart of Christian spirituality in this affirmative, practical guide. With well-formed biblical wisdom and a warm pastor's heart, Roger gives us wise guidance on the ways we can meet and be met by a living, loving God.
—Will Willimon
Retired United Methodist bishop and professor of the practice of Christian ministry, Duke Divinity School

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