with contributions by Paul Chaffee, Judith Favor, William Moremen, Fay Oliver, Flora Wuellner, and illustrated by John Everett Millais (1990)
“You have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are restless till they rest in you.”
This yearning expressed by St. Augustine of Hippo 1,600 years ago
is not unlike the yearning people feel today. Over the centuries Christians, like other faithful people, have sought to open themselves to God, seeking out the stillness invoked in the scriptures. This Book of Practices draws particularly on roots of the Reformed tradition, which may make it more familiar to those in the “mainline” denominations.
The book begins by examining the history and background of “spiritual formation” from a Protestant perspective. The second half is filled with exercises. They can be done privately or in a group. All are designed to foster our openness and availability to the Holy Spirit.