Friday, May 30, 2014

Spiritual Literature

I've recently come to the realization of the power spiritual literature can have.  By reading autobiographies of various theologians, I've understood the profound impact other authors can have.

For my final project at Ashland Theological Seminary, I've come up with a list of 12 books complete with discussion guide for each one to utilize within a book club, or for personal gain.

The following ideas are aimed at helping one approach spiritual literature.  I hope this can be as useful to you as it has been for me:

Time  While many of these books can be read quickly, it is best to take your time with the words.  Allow them to soak in to your soul and reread passages that are speaking to you.

Space  Sometimes reading in a busy coffee shop is not the best choice if you’re easily distracted.  Knowing how you learn is helpful as you approach a comfortable area to give you space to absorb the pages.

Journal  It is often helpful to keep a journal while you’re reading to jot down quotes, thoughts, and reflections.  If you haven’t borrowed the book from someone (or the library), simply write in the margins of your pages.  Writing, drawing, and prayer journaling are all great practices as you approach spiritual literature.

For a full FREE downloadable discussion guide,click here (or the DISCUSS button to the right).

Author & Book notes PDF here (feel free to print and pass out to participants for a quick reference)

Happy reading! :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Book Club Coming Soon....

My apologies for the lackluster posts lately.

As my seminary career winds down (for now!), I've been a bit behind in various aspects of life.  However, I think you book-lovers out there you will be happy to know that I am launching a NEW book club complete with a leaders guide, discussion questions, and ideas to lead your own.

I should be posting by the end of the week for free download! Stay tuned....