Earthy Mysticism: Spirituality for Unspiritual People

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Manufacturer SKU: 9780687649891

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A powerful encounter with the God who constantly pursues us in the ordinary and angular places of life

Dynamic author Tex Sample models a day-to-day awareness of the presence of God for those not interested in conventional spirituality.

  • Inspires readers to perceive the reality of God in the most unspiritual moments of life
  • Offers compelling stories of God encountered in the mundane, the tragic, and the glorious moments of life

From Tex Sample:

"This book is a testimony of narratives where [a] strange God appears. Such appearances supply the mystical states that have come to shape my life. I am not helped much by conventional approaches to spirituality. I find it almost impossible to do 'devotions.' Daily Bible study in the sense of devoting twenty to thirty minutes a day never worked for me. I cannot get around to scheduled times for prayer on my knees with head bowed. I find labyrinths and prayer beads boring. I am ever and again distracted in silent meditation. I simply cannot sustain a spirituality based in such things.

I do not regard myself as unusual or special. My hunch, and it is more that that, is that a host of people will recognize themselves in what I describe here. What is here is, clearly, my story, but it is not about me. It is about God of surprises, of One who comes in the ordinary and the seamy. It is about a God who will startle you. It is about mystical moments when clearly the one thing that finally matters is this God who will never leave us alone, especially in the ordinary and angular places of life. It is, I hope, a spirituality for unspiritual people."

Abingdon Press is an imprint of The United Methodist Publishing House, in operation since 1789. In the early 1920s, Abingdon began publishing a wide array of high-caliber academic, professional, inspirational, and life-affirming religious literature to enrich church communities across the globe. Now beginning its ninth decade, Abingdon Press has a commitment to providing the best, most effective religious publications available.

  • Author: Tex Sample
  • Pages: 128
  • Format: Paperback
  • Publication Date: March 2008

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