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Renewal in the Wilderness: A Spiritual Guide to Connecting with God in the Natural World [Paperback]

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Pages   158
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 6.64" Height: 0.44"
Weight:   0.56 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Skylight Paths Publishing
ISBN  1594732191  
EAN  9781594732195  


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You don't need to spend forty years-or even forty days-in the wilderness to encounter God. This practical guide reveals the power of experiencing God's presence in many variations of the natural world-from a backpacking trip in a truly remote wilderness to an afternoon spent in a nearby park to a single moment savored in your own backyard. While exploring wilderness wisdom from several faith traditions-Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and more-you will discover how the universal experience of being present in nature can lead to startling discoveries both about God and about yourself. Drawing from his own significant moments in the wilderness and stories from the many people who have accompanied him on wilderness treks, John Lionberger asks probing questions and offers inspiring suggestions that will spur you to look at all aspects of the world around you from a new point of view.

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God Is Waiting for You in the Wilderness

How can I say I see divinity in the wilderness? How can I say I feel God s presence in a chorus of loons, in the throaty chuffing of a family of otter, in the primal call-and-response howling of wolves, in the splendor of a bald eagle, in a gibbous moon s shimmering wash of orange light on dark moving water, in the healing silence of wild places or in a day when my soul has known the amazing grace of utter peace for six straight hours? How can I say I see God in those things? But how can I say that I don t? from Chapter 1

You don t need to spend forty years or even forty days in the wilderness to encounter God. This practical guide reveals the power of experiencing God s presence in many variations of the natural world from a backpacking trip in a truly remote wilderness to an afternoon spent in a nearby park to a single moment savored in your own backyard.

While exploring wilderness wisdom from several faith traditions Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and more you will discover how the universal experience of being present in nature can lead to startling discoveries both about God and about yourself. Drawing from his own significant moments in the wilderness and stories from the many people who have accompanied him on wilderness treks, John Lionberger asks probing questions and offers inspiring suggestions that will spur you to look at all aspects of the world around you from a new point of view.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Lionberger, M.Div., is founder of Renewal in the Wilderness, an interfaith wilderness ministry, and is head chaplain at Three Crowns Park Retirement Home in Evanston, Illinois.

John Lionberger currently resides in Evanston, in the state of Illinois.

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Finding Inexhaustible Well-Being  Oct 27, 2008
It is a rare book that can integrate our profound existential struggles, deep spiritual wisdom from a range of traditions, and a captivating invitation to find unlimited well-being in the natural world. "Renewal in the Wilderness" imaginatively intertwines all three. Reading this book is profoundly satisfying, because it names the alienation we feel in contemporary society, while also offering a bracing prescription: re-enter Creation's original blessing.

John Lionberger understands our discontent and also our hesitance to leave behind the apparent comforts of civilization. Yet through his personal confessions and stories of seekers who have traveled with him, Lionberger points the way to the only source of inexhaustible well-being --- a direct encounter with the jolting, pure God energy we find in the wilderness. He also maps a pathway to connect our natural epiphanies with the daily challenges we face when we return to civilization.

I read this book before going on a Renewal in the Wilderness trip, and again after a RITW journey to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota. Lionberger's evocative writing delivers readers to the beating heart of his many wilderness trips, and yet I found the actual adventure far exceeded my expectations. I count myself among those who have found healing, beauty, peace, strength and a renewed commitment to simplicity and care for the earth through Lionberger's ministry -- on the page and through his testimony of presence.
 
Great Read!  Jul 1, 2008
When I played in a band, I learned an interesting quirk of human nature - when we played a gig with other bands, the degree to which we liked the people in the band influenced how much we liked the band's music. Reading Renewal in the Wilderness by John Lionberger was a fun experience for me, as I am lucky enough to call John a friend of mine. He's "good people" and someone I've gotten to know over my career. So I admit that I'm a little biased.

When I gave him feedback on the book, the highest compliment I gave him was that it sounded like he wrote the book. His voice comes through in the writing which makes it all the more accessible and grounded (just like he is). John has been taking groups into the wilderness for years to find spiritual renewal, and this book is a distillation of what he, and those he's guided, have experienced in their journeys through the wilds. It's an examination of how going into nature can help us reconnect with the spiritual presence inside each of us.

Should you read this book?

I think this book does a fantastic job of driving past the cliches of nature and exploring what is to be found beyond our comfortable city life. In many ways, I think it addresses the unexplored wilderness within ourselves as much as in nature. Renewal in the Wilderness talks very tangibly about an intangible experience, and does it in a very real and sincere way.
 
Renewal In The Wilderness  Apr 27, 2008
In this book, Renewal In The Wilderness, John Lionberger makes the case for the spiritual connection and renewal that that is frequently found in wilderness and outdoor settings. John Lionberger draws on his own experience of spiritual renewal in the wilderness, his experiences guiding others on wilderness trips, and the wisdom of many religious traditions. Though Lionberger is obviously deeply centered in the Christian tradition, his writing, and the trips he leads are nothing if not inclusive, and embrace a multiplicity of faiths and non-faiths. For anyone who has ever wondered why anyone would voluntarily subject oneself to the physical sacrifices inherent in Wilderness travel, John Lionberger details in a systematic yet eloquent manner, the reasons we might all want to consider such sacrifices.

As a lover of the outdoors myself, and a person who continually finds spiritual sustenance in outdoor and wilderness settings I did not need any convincing of the case John Lionberger is making. Having said that, I really enjoyed reading Renewal in the Wilderness. It was wonderful to hear someone being so articulate and writing so beautifully about something that is so near and dear to my heart.

I would strongly recommend this book to anyone, from avid wilderness fanatics to those who have never imagined themselves leaving the comforts of home or the local Holiday Inn. If you are in the latter category, John Lionberger might just convince you to give the wilderness a chance
 
Ditto  Mar 19, 2008
What a great feeling to read a book and feel like you know exactly what the author is trying to convey. John does a great job portraying the potential for renewal in the wilderness. On Adventure Rabbi trips, people often ask, "Is anyone else doing anything like you do?" Now I can tell them about John.


- Rabbi Jamie Korngold, the Adventure Rabbi, author God in the Wilderness: Rediscovering the Spirituality of the Great Outdoors with the Adventure Rabbi
 
Resolve to read and go!  Dec 7, 2007
The end of the year, the near start of a new one. Among your resolutions-'do something to enrich and enliven my living!' What better than to buy and read this book, and then join John on a trip. This book is a wonder-filled story of his project(by the same name) in which people of varied ages, backgrounds and vocations are carefully encouraged and supported to ' connect with god in the natural world'.

My wife and I have paddled 'into the wilderness'each September for the last decade( we're 65+) and can attest to the validity of John's conviction and method. Read the book- and sign up! Ernie Harris
 

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