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Spirituality for Extroverts: and Tips for Those Who Love Them [Paperback]

By Nancy C. Reeves (Author)
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Pages   156
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.38" Width: 5.82" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2008
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687650747  
EAN  9780687650743  


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This book is intended for all readers interested in spirituality, as well as for spiritual directors, pastors, counselors, college and seminary students studying psychology/spirituality, and any others who are interested in supporting folks on their spiritual journey. Our world contains about 2/3 extroverts and 1/3 introverts. With those statistics, you would expect there to be many books to guide extroverted persons of faith on their spiritual path. Of the thousands of spiritual guidance books lining library and bookstore shelves and described on the Web, there is not one that was identified as a book for extroverts. In fact, most spiritual guidance books encourage, solely, introverted spiritual practices, such as teaching the reader to become internally quiet and to shut out the world. So, what spiritual guidance does an extrovert receive?

Publishers Description
Does prayer have to be silent?
Does meditation have to be solemn?
If I m an extrovert, can I worship God?

In this groundbreaking book, psychologist and spiritual adviser Nancy Reeves presents a refreshing view of spirituality that goes beyond personality to provide extroverts (and those who love them) with exciting new ways of approaching God.

Reeves explores a wide variety of spiritual practices for extroverts, including: Praying in motion Singing Cultivating spiritual friendships Practicing spirituality in groups

In the end, she urges all of us, extrovert and introvert alike, to seek a mature spirituality that embraces all the aspects of our personalities.
Includes questions for reflection and discussion. Perfect for book clubs, discussion groups, and bible study classes.
For some reason, we think of quiet, introverted people as the very name of holiness. This cannot be true, and Nancy Reeves shows us why
-Richard Rohr, author of "Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality"

I ve been waiting a long time to read a book like this Nancy Reeves provides much needed insight and guidance.
-Joyce Rupp, author of "Fresh Bread: And Other Gifts of Spiritual Nourishment"

As an introvert, I found Reeves perspectives eye-opening and enormously helpful. They will change the way I interact with the extroverts in my life. This book should be required reading for anyone offering spiritual guidance.
-Marjorie J. Thompson, author of "Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life"Nancy Reeves is a clinical psychologist, spiritual director, poet, and author. She is director of the Island Loss Clinic, teaches at the University of Victoria, and conducts many lectures and workshops internationally. She is the author of "A Match Made in Heaven: A Bible-Based Guide to Deepening Your Relationship with God" and "I d Say Yes, God, If I Knew What You Wanted."

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Encountering God in activity/outside/friendships as well as in silence/indoors/alone  Mar 31, 2010
Nancy Reeves, Spirituality for Extroverts (And Tips for Those Who Love Them) (Nashville: Abingdon, 2008)

Reviewed by Darren Cronshaw

The best news for my worship of God I heard last year was when my spiritual director said I was "allowed" to use bushwalks and gardening as spiritual practices. I love conversation, the outdoors and activity. Being quiet, staying indoors and doing nothing has never particularly appealed to me as a life-giving activity. For morning prayer, I prefer a jog and a chat with God than a sit and a read. I understand that quiet contemplation and slowing down can be a helpful corrective to my driven and workaholic tendencies. I also appreciate that God can speak to me and be with me as I am. Quiet introverted ways are not the only way to encounter God - "Hallelujah" says my extroverted soul.

Spirituality for Extroverts gives me permission to name things I do to encounter God as spirituality. With my "tigger" self I look forward to talking it over with my "owl" wife, as Nancy uses Winnie the Pooh's friends to describe our respective personalities. Her book helps me think broadly about encountering God, not just through practices that sometimes feel more like torture than blessing, but through:

* talking about faith with others, including seekers, spiritual friends, my spiritual director and small group buddies
* seeing the sacred in people and nature, for me especially when I am rock climbing
* singing, dancing and playing with my kids
* prayer-walking, jogging, swimming and gardening
* pilgrimage, inter-faith dialogue, reading and writing
* reflecting on God in church and with worship music, but also in the coffee shop where I read this book and heard the longing for a better world in the background music lyrics.

It offers numerous examples of extroverted believers, challenges to beware of, activities, discussion points and journal questions, and tips for friends and spiritual directors (especially introverts trying to keep up with our comparatively impulsive, energetic ways).

In my worship, using that term in a broad sense of all I do to honour God, I don't want to be stuck in just "extroverted" ways. I long to celebrate ministry and retreats, outer and inner, loud and quiet, active and slow ways of encountering God. Spirituality for Extroverts is the best news for my spirituality I have read in 2009; right up there with my spiritual direction session last year that sent me outside to nurture my fruit trees, and up to Warburton each month for a bushwalk, coffee and mutual spiritual direction retreat with Jenni.

"Either we acknowledge that God is in all things or we have lost the basis for seeing God in anything." (Richard Rohr)

Darren coordinates leadership training with the Baptist Union of Victoria.
 

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