Paying attention to God : discernment in prayer / William A. Barry.

By: Barry, William A
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Notre Dame, Ind. : Ave Maria Press, ©1990Description: 128 p. ; 21 cmISBN: 0877934142; 9780877934141; 0877934134; 9780877934134Other title: Discernment in prayerSubject(s): Prayer | Spiritual life -- Catholic ChurchDDC classification: 248.3/2 LOC classification: BV210.2 | .B2994 1990
Contents:
Part 1. Prayer as personal relationship. The experience that grounds our relationship -- God's freedom and prayer -- Grief, rage and prayer -- Resistance to union: a virulent strain -- The desire to love as Jesus loves: its vicissitudes -- Surrender: the key to wholeness -- Part 2. Prayer and personal discernment. God's dream -- But can we live out God's dream? -- What is God really like? -- The Kingdom of God and discernment -- Part 3. Some issues of communal discernment. The battle with demons -- The church in the modern world -- Is this plan or activity of God? -- Part 4. Death and resurrection. A meditation on death and life -- Experiences of dying and rising.
Summary: In a down-to-earth and clear manner, the author makes prayer believable and gives depth to our understanding of prayer by drawing on exciting insights from theology and philosophy. He also effectively opens up the issue of discernment in the church in order to help people bring their actual experience of God to bear not only on their own spiritual lives, but on the whole Christian community. -- ‡c From publisher's description.
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Book: Standard Hewitson Library, Presbyterian Research Centre
Main BV210.2 .B37 1990 (Browse shelf) Available 19-879

Includes bibliographical references (pages 127-128).

Part 1. Prayer as personal relationship. The experience that grounds our relationship -- God's freedom and prayer -- Grief, rage and prayer -- Resistance to union: a virulent strain -- The desire to love as Jesus loves: its vicissitudes -- Surrender: the key to wholeness -- Part 2. Prayer and personal discernment. God's dream -- But can we live out God's dream? -- What is God really like? -- The Kingdom of God and discernment -- Part 3. Some issues of communal discernment. The battle with demons -- The church in the modern world -- Is this plan or activity of God? -- Part 4. Death and resurrection. A meditation on death and life -- Experiences of dying and rising.

In a down-to-earth and clear manner, the author makes prayer believable and gives depth to our understanding of prayer by drawing on exciting insights from theology and philosophy. He also effectively opens up the issue of discernment in the church in order to help people bring their actual experience of God to bear not only on their own spiritual lives, but on the whole Christian community. -- ‡c From publisher's description.

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