Sunday, September 17, 2006

 

#46: Invitation to Solitude and Silence

Invitation to Solitude and Silence was another book that I finished this weekend. I thought the book was decent and it reminded me of the importance of spending and guarding my time in solitude and being silent before God. The author, Ruth Haley Barton, detailed her journey to solitude and silence in God's presence while encouraging the reader to practice solitude in his or her own life. Her overall premise was this solitude and silence is what will ultimately help us to know and experience God at the deepest level. I was challenged by some of her ideas but by the end of the book it seemed like she was repeating herself. I really liked one thing she said so I will end this post with the quote. "Without solitude we are dangerous in the human community and in the Christian community, because we are at the mercy of our compulsions, compelled by our inner emptiness into a self-oriented, anxious search for fullness in the next round of activities, accomplishments or relationships."

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