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Days of Deepening Friendship: For the Woman Who Wants Authentic Life With God [Paperback]

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Pages   315
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.96 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2009
Publisher   Loyola Press
ISBN  0829428119  
EAN  9780829428117  


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Develop an authentic, dynamic relationship with God through these spiritual meditations for women. Employing the proven wisdom of Ignatian spirituality, workshop leader Vinita Hampton Wright uses 40 short chapters to help women explore the deeper regions of relationship: beginning, hesitation, awareness, resistance, conversation, attention, engagement, and ultimately love. The material-which includes stories, Scripture, written exercises, and meditations for women-focuses on women's real experiences and spiritual sensitivities, encouraging each woman to bring her true self to this new relationship with God. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Publishers Description
Using forty short chapters, Vinita Hampton Wright guides women to explore the deeper regions of relationship: beginning, hesitation, awareness, resistance, conversation, attention, engagement, and ultimately love. By employing prayer, imagination, action, and reflection, the book can be enjoyed more as a spiritual workshop than as somethng to read. Days of Deepening Friendship will free any woman to open the door to the Divine and become freinds with the God who has loved her for who she really is all along.

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More About Vinita Hampton Wright

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Vinita Hampton Wright is a Loyola Press editor and writer of many books, including Days of Deepening Friendship and Simple Acts of Moving Forward, and she blogs for DeepeningFriendship.com. She has been practicing Ignatian spirituality for a decade and writing about it for nearly as long. She lives in Chicago, IL, with her husband, two dogs, and two cats.

Vinita Hampton Wright currently resides in Chicago, in the state of Illinois. Vinita Hampton Wright was born in 1958.

Vinita Hampton Wright has published or released items in the following series...
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Wonderful, contemporary insights for women  Apr 24, 2009
This is a beautiful book for the woman looking for greater depth and intimacy in her relationship with God. The chapters offer a wonderful balance of intellectual insight and heartfelt reflection. Days of Deepening Friendship is like a retreat for everyday life!
 
Each chapter should be mulled over --- the reflections carefully considered --- for at least a day  Mar 4, 2009
DAYS OF DEEPENING FRIENDSHIP walks its reader through a spiritual journey, with eight progressive parts, some more warmly named than others. Vinita Hampton Wright notes: "Friendship with God, like human relationships, goes through necessary stages --- and not all of them feel friendly." Each section comprises five short chapters; that means 40 in all, each titled by a personal, reflective question.

To give you a flavor, these are the names of the sections, followed by the first chapter title (all chapter titles are written as questions): Beginning, "What Has Awakened Your Spiritual Desire?" Hesitation, "How Do You Approach God of the Universe?" Awareness, "What Is Your History with God?" Resistance, "What Is Holding You Back?" followed by, "Are You Ready to Be Honest?" Conversation, "What Has Prayer Been for You?" Attention, "How Do You Truly Wake Up?" Engagement, "Why Are Your Gifts Important?" and Love, "How Does Listening Express Love?"

Wright's progression is based on the classic spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This form of prayer involves listening as much as talking to God, trusting that the Holy Spirit is speaking to your spirit as you discern God's "consolations" as well as "desolations." God is for you, not against you. He wants to befriend you and work with your strengths. Some women traditionally have found the tone of Ignatian spirituality a bit too masculine for their life situations. So Wright tweaks the principles to be more attuned to feminine sensibilities. And it works as a "spiritual workshop for women." She notes, "Women should be free to bring their honest experience into this relationship...specific challenges that come with being women in the world. But we also bring specific gifts to the spiritual venture --- such as the ability to listen and converse, and the spiritual intuition through which the Holy Spirit has spoken since the time of the earliest prophets."

In the introduction, Wright suggests that readers imagine a comfortable room in which they enter for reflection. "This is a room where lies and fears come to die. This is the room where God dwells, where divine love waits for your arrival. This is the room we will enter now, in order to make friends with God." Then each chapter --- maybe four pages of meditative narrative --- ends with a "Here in the Room" sidebar that focuses the reader's imaginative reflection on her own personal and spiritual longings and possible obstacles to their fulfillment, always drawing the reader toward intimacy with God. This is not a book meant to be read in a day or a week. Each chapter should be mulled over --- the reflections carefully considered --- for at least a day.

Wright, a trained musician noted for her fiction writing (including VELMA STILL COOKS IN LEEWAY and DWELLING PLACES), leads workshops that explore "how spirituality and creativity thrive and inform each other." In this new nonfiction work, her voice is warm, personal and vulnerable, and yet her own story does not get in the way of the reader's spiritual discovery and journey toward an intimate friendship and conversation with God.

--- Reviewed by Evelyn Bence
 

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