Sunday, March 31, 2013

Adult Spirituality Group notes, 3/31/2013

We're reading a new book, entitled Prayer: Does it make any difference? (2006), by Philip Yancey.  I transcribe from the back cover -->


"In his most powerful book since What's So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew, Philip Yancey probes the very heartbeat--the most fundamental, challenging, perplexing, and deeply rewarding aspect--of our relationship with God.
Does prayer work?  More personally, does it work the way we think it should?  What can we really expect from prayer?
Written by one of the most significant Christian thinkers of our generation, Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? explores the questions surrounding prayer that many of us wonder but few of us know how to express."

As we start the book, the group had some fun trying to throw out terms to describe the body/mind psychology in prayer -->
"Prayer is being openly receptive. Echoing. Serenity. Coming back to center. Going deeper.  Getting cleansed from inside and out by inundating oneself in the 'water' (a place of solitude, warmth, & freedom).  Prayer brings expansive feelings.  It's like paying attention to the flow of a river to become aware of the timeless present moment."

FOR NEXT WEEK:  Please read Chapter 2 and contemplate to discuss, "What is it we are hoping to get from this book?"