You Gave Me a Wide Place

You Gave Me a Wide Place

Holy Places of Our Lives  

by Paul E. Stroble
Hospitality Spiritual Practice

"You gave me a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip."

—Psalm 18:36

Places are part of our personal story and can be important keys to understanding God's presence in our life.

Whether the sacred place lies at the water's edge, in a quiet, small town or in pristine, high-country mountains, all have felt pulled and connected to a spot. Perhaps at the least likely moment you felt touched by God's presence just when you needed it most, even if it was in a mundane, public place.

No matter how remote or ordinary your special place is, God was (and is) already there—waiting to touch your life.

"God not only gives us grace and divine presence but actively creates 'space' in our places and circumstances," writes Stroble. "The heightened sense we experience may be a gift from God or a way by which we're moved to seek God. We'll explore ways God meets us in the places of our lives—guiding, alerting, inspiring, convicting, and providing insight, comfort and understanding."

In You Gave Me a Wide Place, Stroble intersperses personal stories with those about the sacred places of Hagar, Jacob, Paul, Christ, and other biblical figures. The readings and exercises are designed to help us identify where God's presence has "widened" (or made sacred) a place in our own lives.

Included within this book is a 6-week guide with prayers and questions for an enriching small-group study.

Recognize your own places of parables and memories of happiness, strength, grace, and peace—places where God moved you in ways you could not have moved on your own.

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-8358-1002-9
Publisher: The Upper Room
Imprint: Upper Room Books
Publication Date: 10/01/2006
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 9.0000 x 6.0000

Dr. Paul Stroble is adjunct professor at Webster University and Eden Theological Seminary. He is the author of You Gave Me a Wide Place (URB, 2006). A native of Vandalia, Illinois, he has published 21 books altogether; the most recent are four poetry chapbooks published by Finishing Line Press. Paul was a freelance writer for the United Methodist Publishing House for 15 years. He is married to Dr. Beth Stroble, president of Webster University. They and their daughter, Emily, are ""crazy cat people."" Paul enjoys writing, book collecting, and spending time with family.

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