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Soulful Spirituality: Becoming Fully Alive and Deeply Human Kindle Edition
David Benner has spent thirty-five years integrating psychology and spirituality. Here he presents an expansive, psychologically informed understanding of spirituality, probing the contrasts between soulful and soulless spirituality, deep and shallow religion, and healthy and unhealthy relationships with God to affirm the vital role of human development in the spiritual journey. Benner then suggests soulful practices for cultivating the Christian spiritual life.
This book will appeal to readers seeking depth and substance in their quest for authentic spirituality. It will also be a helpful resource for mental health professionals and spiritual directors. Reflection questions and exercises for individual or group use are included at the end of each chapter.d
From the Back Cover
"David Benner offers us a masterpiece of understanding and guidance for mature, fully alive human living. The profound and fiercely honest human and spiritual wisdom found here will leave the reader more in touch with both the impediments to full human aliveness and the possibilities of such aliveness, which are aided by the many concrete spiritual practices that he offers. He challenges our settling for a narrow, repressed way of life and spirituality and calls us to become more truly alive in every dimension of our being: body, soul, and spirit."--Tilden Edwards, founder and senior fellow, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Washington, DC
"David Benner has done it again! In this profound, highly readable book that plumbs the depths, he integrates his impressive gifts in psychology and theology with his own lived spirituality as a lifelong seeker. To immerse oneself in Soulful Spirituality is the next best thing to sitting down with him for a transforming, intimate, and enlivening conversation."--Margaret Guenther, professor emerita of ascetical theology and former director of the Center for Christian Spirituality, General Theological Seminary
"I believe this will be David Benner's most important book. Some will find it controversial. But many more, I believe, will find it hope- and life-giving. Soulful Spirituality moves the reader beyond beliefs and practices to the discovery of the rich resources of an in-bodied Christian spirituality, resources for helping you become the unique and whole human being you were intended to be."--Gary W. Moon, vice president and integration chair, Richmont Graduate University; author, Apprenticeship with Jesus
"Someone needed to write this book and I'm glad it was David Benner. His wise, incisive, and winsome style makes unsettling truth easier to receive and challenges to the status quo profoundly liberating."--Ruth Haley Barton, founder, Transforming Center; author, Sacred Rhythms and Invitation to Solitude and Silence --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
- ASIN : B004NNV9UA
- Publisher : Brazos Press (March 1, 2011)
- Publication date : March 1, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 1318 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 210 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #434,973 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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. We Westerners often tend more toward being finders and less toward being seekers' (or so it might seem from the growing rates of workaholism and learned helplessness in our current work world). In his warmly inviting style, Benner entices us toward considering more reaching toward soulful seeking and less settling for socially endorsed finding - more doing to become' and less doing to have, respectively.
. With his premise that life is a journey toward becoming fully alive and deeply human', Benner suggests that soulful spirituality is much less a spiritual path and is much more a spiritual way of walking the human path. Spirituality is our way of living in relationship with that which is beyond our individual self (perhaps somewhat comparable to the behavioral energy equivalent of Jungs collective unconscious). Purposefully, each of our individual spiritual journeys helps us become more of what we can be as unique and whole humans (what Maslow might have called Actualization or Jung might have called Individuation).
. Within each of us are persistent restlessness and unquenchable fires of longing that predispose us toward being incapable of ever achieving full peace in our lives. Regardless of how we experience our longing and restlessness we intuitively know they are of crucial for achieving our fullness and well being. While the spirituality that we seek transcends the (individual) self, it can only be encountered in the depths of the self. Our individual spirit, through our desires, longings and seeking, urge us not to settle for the small, cramped places where we so often live and motivate us toward fuller expansiveness, creative self expression and self actualization.
. Benner constructively organized Soulful Spirituality into individual sections: The Challenge of Becoming Fully Human, The Path to Becoming Fully Human and Spiritual Practices of the Human Journey. Within sections, each chapter is complimented with reflection questions for encouraging movement from cognitively knowing what Benner wrote to behaviorally and spiritually experiencing transformation toward the individual uniqueness and wholeness that Benner is trying to facilitate.
. Overall, a very worthwhile read!
For those looking for an enlivening and spiritually provocative read, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Even as I sit here writing this review, I am nervous that my review doesn't do the book justice -- it has been very important to me and my search for a life that is sensitive to the spiritual, even in my hopeful-but-wary stance toward organized religion.