Turned by Divine Love: Starting again with God and with others

Turned by Divine Love: Starting again with God and with others

Author : John Stroyan
£9.99

Learn to begin again with God, today and every day

This book, the fruit of prayer, theological reflection and rich human experience, evokes fresh praying and thinking about all the key relationships in our lives, beginning with God. Drawing on the rich Christian traditions of both east and west, it speaks of theology and spirituality, to the head and the heart. It is a book of hope, encouraging us all to make a fresh start with God and, entering more fully into the relationship of love to which he invites us, to go out and to witness to this love. In this unique bringing together of the riches of the Christian east and west is the call to hear God's gracious voice today.

Title Turned by Divine Love: Starting again with God and with others
Author John Stroyan
Description

This book, the fruit of prayer, theological reflection and rich human experience, evokes fresh praying and thinking about all the key relationships in our lives, beginning with God. Drawing on the rich Christian traditions of both east and west, it speaks of theology and spirituality, to the head and the heart. It is a book of hope, encouraging us all to make a fresh start with God and, entering more fully into the relationship of love to which he invites us, to go out and to witness to this love. In this unique bringing together of the riches of the Christian east and west is the call to hear God's gracious voice today.

This is a spirituality book which urges contemplation, stillness and a good, hard look at ourselves. The author draws on quotes from many different church traditions (eastern and western) to show that this is a global, biblical call rather than a cultural one.

Each chapter has multiple spaces devoted to contemplation - 'Pause to pray' and 'Pause to ponder'. These can be made much of and give weight to the book's focus on stillness and the examination of your heart. Drawing inspiration and quotations from all walks of the Christian life, from all centuries, also gives it a truly ecumenical feel and approach - this is for everyone.

Details
  • Product code: 9780857467508
  • Published: 22 March 2019
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • Dimensions: 120mm wide and 198mm high

This book, the fruit of prayer, theological reflection and rich human experience, evokes fresh praying and thinking about all the key relationships in our lives, beginning with God. Drawing on the rich Christian traditions of both east and west, it speaks of theology and spirituality, to the head and the heart. It is a book of hope, encouraging us all to make a fresh start with God and, entering more fully into the relationship of love to which he invites us, to go out and to witness to this love. In this unique bringing together of the riches of the Christian east and west is the call to hear God's gracious voice today.

This is a spirituality book which urges contemplation, stillness and a good, hard look at ourselves. The author draws on quotes from many different church traditions (eastern and western) to show that this is a global, biblical call rather than a cultural one.

Each chapter has multiple spaces devoted to contemplation - 'Pause to pray' and 'Pause to ponder'. These can be made much of and give weight to the book's focus on stillness and the examination of your heart. Drawing inspiration and quotations from all walks of the Christian life, from all centuries, also gives it a truly ecumenical feel and approach - this is for everyone.

In this book John Stroyan gives us something of immense beauty and energising hope drawn from the faith and spiritual vision of many centuries. He refreshes the old and gives new life to what has aged. That this is the gift of a contemplative teacher and a bishop in the church of our time is itself a source of hope and a wonderfully surprising cause to celebrate. Laurence Freeman OSB

John Stroyan is the Bishop of Warwick. He is the UK President of the Community of the Cross of Nails, Co-Chair of the Reuilly Contact Group and President of the Association for Promoting Retreats.

 

The Reader, Autumn 2019. Review by April McIntyre

Looking for a wise and inspirational book to draw you deeper into the loving mystery of God’s presence and enrich your ministry? This slim volume by Bishop John Stroyan may be just what you are looking for. It discusses our need to turn constantly back to God, as a sunflower turns its face to the sun, rather than rushing into activity and expecting God to bless the results. Written in short sections helpful for pondering and praying, the book draws on a wide variety of sources from eastern and western traditions: from saints and mystics, writers, poets and theologians, with numerous Bible quotations, contemporary anecdotes plus some stunning colour illustrations. I found it one of the most intelligent, affirming books I have read for a while, with helpful new insights derived from the author’s understanding of Hebrew and Greek texts. Though primarily an aid to the personal spiritual life and ideal for use on quiet days or retreats, there is also much that could be utilised in teaching and preaching, particularly on prayer, forgiveness, unity and, above all, love.

Reviewed by April McIntyre