FRESH BREAD by Joyce Rupp ($10.95)

AMP: 0-87793-283-2

A handbook for spiritual growth structured for reading and praying the scriptures throughout the year. Joyce Rupp looks at events, places and objects common to our lives and finds in them the touch of God, focal points for sensitive themes that help us communicate with the Lord. Seasonal and monthly themes are enhanced and supported by daily scripture readings, poetic reflections and prayers. Questions at the end of each chapter help the reader keep a daily prayer journal to assist in integrating prayer and daily life.

Thoughts from the Author

"...There is a tremendous need to nourish the spiritual dimension of our lives - this dimension which can so easily be overlooked or forgotten in our crazy, hectic, tightly scheduled, work-oriented lives.

Too often we separate our spiritual life from the rest of our life. It is so easy to put it aside for more seemingly urgent or significant aspects of our days. These external aspects seem more urgent, yet are often empty without benefit of inner refreshment and nourishment. We can so easily give in to discouragement or forget our visions and dreams when we do not take time to integrate our outer world with our inner world. We remain fragmented instead of drawing together all the pieces into a wholeness that gives our life meaning. This integration is accomplished by taking time to look at the very ordinary parts of our day, to pray them by holding them up to the light of the scripture, to celebrate them in the depths of our being by pausing to reflect and reverence them, knowing that the God of graciousness is always there, immanently present, active, drawing us into a deeper love relationship.

I am firmly convinced that we are effective in Christian leadership only if our hearts as well as our minds have come to know the God of our lives. I believe that this 'knowing God' comes about in many ways but that it can only be deeply rooted in us with the nourishment of regular personal prayer.

My hope for you is that Fresh Bread ... will provide this ... kind of nourishment and feed the hungers of your spirit."- Joyce Rupp, OSM

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