For such crossings, we need to find new words. What is nearest to the heart is often farthest from the word. This book is an attempt to reach into that tenuous territory of change that we must cross.
Author: John O'Donohue
Publisher: Random House
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
'We have fallen out of belonging. Consequently, when we stand before crucial thresholds in our lives, we have no rituals to protect, encourage and guide us as we cross over into the unknown. For such crossings, we need to find new words. What is nearest to the heart is often farthest from the word. This book is an attempt to reach into that tenuous territory of change that we must cross...' In sharing words of profound grace and wisdom, master storyteller John O'Donohue's Benedictus offers blessings to shelter us as we confront the many challenges we face on our journey through life. Living in an anxious world - a world so often dominated by unwelcome change, unhappiness and even despair - many readers will find comfort in John O'Donohue's illuminating introductions, covering areas such as Beginnings, Desires, States of the Heart, Callings and Beyond Endings, and the blessings themselves provide an inspiring and reassuring new vision of possibility. It is also a vision of hope and belonging for this sometimes troubled world.
At the gates of time, blessing waits to usher toward us the grace we need. TO BLESS WITH HOLY WATER While blessing is an act of the senses expressed in word and gesture, the source and the destination of blessing remain invisible.
Author: John O'Donohue
Publisher: Convergent Books
From the author of the bestselling Anam Cara comes a beautiful collection of blessings to help readers through both the everyday and the extraordinary events of their lives. John O’Donohue, Irish teacher and poet, has been widely praised for his gift of drawing on Celtic spiritual traditions to create words of inspiration and wisdom for today. In To Bless the Space Between Us, his compelling blend of elegant, poetic language and spiritual insight offers readers comfort and encouragement on their journeys through life. O’Donohue looks at life’s thresholds—getting married, having children, starting a new job—and offers invaluable guidelines for making the transition from a known, familiar world into a new, unmapped territory. Most profoundly, however, O’Donohue explains “blessing” as a way of life, as a lens through which the whole world is transformed. O’Donohue awakens readers to timeless truths and shows the power they have to answer contemporary dilemmas and ease us through periods of change.
April had blessed me with something I could not demand or declare for myself: the gift of her continual love and devotion, even while she ... John O'Donohue, in his book To Bless the Space Between Us, captures the power of blessing.
Author: Melynne Rust
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Polarization occurring in the United States today is not only a social concern, it’s also a spiritual condition of the heart. How can we connect with others in the midst of our differences when deep in our hearts we might harbor shadows such as judgment or fear? In Common Spaces Between Us, Melynne Rust explores this question by inviting readers into the diverse college campus community where she served as chaplain and where, much to her surprise and chagrin, she found herself struggling at times to connect with students amid differences. She was skeptical of Muslim students requesting bidets in the chapel bathrooms. She balked at visiting a student in the hospital psychiatric unit. She was afraid to publicly stand up for LGBTQ students. She butted heads with students who shared her religion but not her beliefs. She had presumed she inherently would live out her values to honor the dignity and equality of all, yet in her interactions with others she kept bumping into her own shadows, stifling connection. Ultimately, she discovered that true connection happens when we embody practices that recognize, honor, and nurture the good—in both ourselves and others—in the common spaces between us.
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An Instant New York Times Bestseller Roma Downey—best known as the beloved angel on the TV show Touched by an Angel—has created a beautiful book filled with encouragement and hope, assuring us of God’s comforting presence in our lives. Ever since she was a little girl, Roma has seen butterflies as a reminder of God’s presence. They have appeared to her in moments when she needed encouragement and reminded her she is not alone. In this deeply personal book, Roma shares stories from her life, alongside quotes, poems, scripture, and artwork that she prays will uplift you as they have her. Each grace-filled chapter of this beautiful full-color book covers topics such as courage, strength, gratitude, love, and kindness. Reminiscent of the message of her popular television series, Touched by an Angel, this book’s central theme is that there is a God, He loves you, and that even in your most difficult moments, He is by your side. That though you may feel alone, you are never truly alone. The subtle butterfly theme reminds us that the wonder of God’s love and kindness is sometimes reflected in the gentle whispers of his creation and that we all have the power to transform from simple caterpillars into exquisite butterflies. Written in a way that encourages you to “dip in and out” of its flowing content, this inspiring book invites you to return to its pages again and again, as life brings new challenges or you find yourself in need of new inspiration.
The Space Between Us explores the trials of love and what it's like to live a life separated by distance from someone you care about.
Author: Courtney Peppernell
A universal narrative on the significance of distance with love; remember to hold on to what you believe in. Ideal for those "whose love knows no bounds," The Space Between Us is full of profound anecdotes and messages, illustrating the courage and heartache of enduring physical distance. The Space Between Us explores the trials of love and what it's like to live a life separated by distance from someone you care about. Its content is thoughtfully divided into five chapters, or phases, of the long-distance experience: At First Glance Living for Tomorrow Lonely Nights Grow Together/Grow Apart When I See You. A combination of poems and prose are sporadically connected with small graphics and maps to visualize the journey of physical distance. These poems serve as an adhesive between the reader and the ones they miss, the longing, the anticipation, and the eventual relief. Though both authors bring with them a unique perspective, the lens is singular; each is attuned to navigating this complex terrain.
In Imitation of Abraham Alisa Kasmir ... Medinah Korn, “And He Answered, Here I Am: An Educational Model for the Rabbi Solveitchik's Halakhah of Suffering” (Jerusalem: Academy for Torah ... Sacks, “To Bless the Space Between Us.” 20.
Author: Alisa Kasmir
Publisher: Liturgical Press
How do you encounter the mystery of the other? This is the central question at the heart of spiritual direction and central to the human quest. Hineni—presence—is not an answer to the mystery but a response to the challenge. At a time when people on the edges of religion increasingly seek out spiritual direction as a way of confronting life's unanswerable questions, hineni indicates a fundamental reality beyond labels. And in an age that seems to suffer from disconnection, hineni indicates a way in. A helpful resource for anyone interested in spirituality beyond easy answers or (in)convenient labels, Hineni: In Imitation of Abraham is a stark exploration of what it truly means to be present—to yourself, to the one before you, and to the one we call God.
She had referred me to a book entitled To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, by John O'Donohue. When I found that note, I had no idea what the book was about, and I hadn't jotted down the author's name.
Author: Ann R. Howie
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Today's therapy dog handlers recognize the need to be teammates with their dogs, not just supervisors. Teaming with one's dog involves unobtrusively providing physical and emotional support as well as respectful guidance in what to do. Being a teammate requires attention to the handler's behavior, not just the dog's. This book reminds all handlers that being conscious of what they do with their dogs increases the effectiveness of therapy visits as well as providing a more rewarding experience for all involved.Written by a nationally famous practitioner with decades of real-world experience, the book introduces the "STEPs of Teamwork" and how those STEPs fit with a Therapy Dog's Bill of Rights. These general principles free handlers to apply them in their own way to their therapy dog's individual personality and work. As the author writes, "The book explores a way of being conscious of what you do with and to your therapy dog to support him in his work. It describes functional principles of behavior you can learn and use immediately, either together as a package or independently." Using an exciting new methodology, the author guides readers to deepen their relationship with their dogs by acting consciously and respectfully.
John O'Donohue was a master at creating places to “bless the space between us.” In the spirit of two shortening a road, consider creating a collective blessing by having each person in your group write a line or two that begins with the ...
Author: Gina Marie Mammano
Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Inspired by the ancient spiritual practices of lectio divina and walking meditation, camino divina helps you explore whole new worlds inside yourself as well as re-view the natural world around you by combining mindful walking with inspiring phrases and spiritual exercises. Includes introductions to twelve spiritual luminaries and their work.
There is plenty of energy in this world, and adding another layer or step complicates something that can be ... O'Donohue (the author of To Bless the Space Between Us, mentioned above) says, “Wherever one person takes another into the ...
Author: Barbara Moore
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Create Your Best Self and Live Your Purpose Transform your life with Barbara Moore's complete guide to working with energy. Usable by anyone, regardless of spiritual path, this friendly and down-to-earth book shows how to make a personalized toolkit of techniques for any circumstance, from clearing long-standing blocks to cultivating the energy you want. Modern Guide to Energy Clearing helps you develop a practice that works for you and the life you're living right now. You'll first learn to clear inappropriate energy and maintain healthy energy within yourself. Then you'll expand that energetic wellness into your home, your workplace, and other shared or public spaces. Explore numerous techniques, including personal clearing, cording, shielding, clearing clutter, setting intentions, and addressing the elements. Build good energetic habits using a variety of tools, including sage, incense, runes, candles, wind chimes, crystals, drums, and blessings. This inspiring book offers guidance on bringing peace and abundance not just to your life, but also to the world. Praise: "Modern Guide to Energy Clearing is a book designed so you will actually work with it, returning many times over to deepen your understanding and broaden your clearing practices."—New Spirit Journal
“The primary attribute of God, especially whenever the four-letter name Hashem is used, is compassion, the Hebrew word for which, rachamim, comes from the word rechem, meaning “a womb.” “To Bless the Space Between Us (Vayera 5776)”; ...
Author: Joseph Haward
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Category: Social Science
You would usually imagine blood-sucking vampires and crucifix-holding priests in a fight to the death, but professional "holy man" Reverend Joe Haward believes horror can show us how to truly live. Could it be that horror, combined with faith, has the power to transform the world for the better? In this controversial book you are invited to discover how flesh-eating zombies, ghosts, and Jesus have the potential to turn the world upside down and create beautiful communities of peace. From Hannibal Lecter showing us the power of forgiveness, to Stephen King's IT revealing why authentic speech might change your life forever, this book will take you into the heart of terror, and lead you into a brave new world. Be afraid, because you might never be the same again.
John's work in his book, To Bless the Space Between Us,23 caused me to ponder the significance of moments of transition and wonder how we can honour these seasons in meaningful ways. A threshold is a place of crossing, a space in ...
Author: Cathy AJ Hardy
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Full of practical advice, personal reflections, and spiritual inspiration, Walk with Me is an indispensable resource for Spiritual Directors and their directees. Those in fields such as coaching, hospice work, or chaplaincy work will find this text helpful and inspiring as well. Cathy AJ Hardy shares from her own experiences with “spiritual companions” and from her time as a Spiritual Director to others. By covering issues such as trauma, projecting, and masculine and feminine energies, she engages a wide variety of readers at different points on the spiritual journey. Well organized and clearly written, this book will make a valuable addition to the libraries of professionals and lay people alike.
The Art and Science of Epic Adventure with Jon Levy,” interview with Lewis Howes, The School of Greatness (podcast), September 26, 2016, https://lewishowes.com/podcast/jon-levy/. 13. John O'Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book ...
Author: Chris Graebe
The best relationships share the same basic rhythms. Where are you out of rhythm in your marriage? The Rhythm of Us can be a marriage devotional or an inspiring road map to make your less-than-perfect marriage into something amazing. Chris and Jenni show how the classic spiritual practice of the rule of life can create a dynamic and lifelong "rhythm of us." Instead of reacting to the pull of life into a thousand meaningless directions, husbands and wives will learn ways to eliminate hurry, slow down, and find intentional, life-giving rhythms. Using thoughtful, accessible stories, practical guidance, and journaling space at the end of the book to start crafting your rhythms, the Graebes provide an "anyone can do it" vision for healthy marriage. You'll lean into life-giving rhythms that guide your deepest passions and priorities. Together and individually, you will learn to create space in your busy lives to spend time with Jesus, to become more like Jesus, and to experience the lifelong joy of a thriving marriage. "It only takes a few minutes to realize that Jenni and Chris have a special relationship, and their advice and intentionality are a gift to other marriages. I'm so grateful for a resource that I can confidently pass along to others, knowing that it will quickly become a favorite!" --Angie Smith, bestselling author of Seamless "This isn't just another marriage book. This is an invitation . . . of the thriving marriage you long for. Chris and Jenni have placed some incredibly powerful tools in the hands of the reader, life-saving questions, practices, and rhythms that will have you dreaming of the marriage you desire and what it looks like to pursue that dream in the here and now." --Christy Nockels, worship leader, songwriter, author of The Life You Long For "Jenni and Chris Graebe have written what I truly believe is one of the greatest marriage books I have read. It's honest and real, full of practical tips and exercises that will help strengthen your marriage and help you and your spouse grow closer as you learn how to find your rhythm as a couple." --Melanie Shankle, New York Times bestselling author "Jenni and Chris cast a clear vision for a thriving marriage that is biblical, beautiful, bountiful, and--because of grace--achievable." --Jeannie Cunnion, author of Don't Miss Out "If marriages ever needed renewal, it's now, and the path to renewal begins with rhythms. We love this book and believe it will encourage you to stay the course, get creative, and find a vision of "us" that brings out the best in your marriage." --Gabe and Rebekah Lyons, authors and hosts of Rhythms for Life podcast
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Author: Karen Lee Turner
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Feast for the Journey is an enriching guide for individuals and small groups who want creative ways to cultivate a meaningful life in the midst of hectic and uncertain times. If you long for a renewed spark, clearer direction, more confidence in your choices, fresh ways to make a difference, and self-care that isn't self-ish, Feast for the Journey offers four soul-satisfying, hands-on courses that will lead you through: An eye-opening self-assessment that reveals what's most important in your life's story. Four new practices to help you cultivate a life that matters-starting wherever you are. Practical tips for finding and freeing your voice in love, work, and everyday life. Creative ways to celebrate and honor the changes and seasons you're going through. On whatever path you find yourself, Feast for the Journey invites you to try a new vision and direction for moving forward-all in a nourishing, peaceful, and creative setting. KAREN LEE TURNER has designed, taught, and refined the courses offered in Feast for the Journey for more than twenty years. An artist, musician, college professor, and retreat leader, she has a doctorate in education from Peabody of Vanderbilt University and writes in her backyard studio "shed" in Nashville, Tennessee. She is joined by NEVIN COMPTON TRAMMELL, career expert, poet, activist, and author of Cream Soda Blues. He is a licensed clinical social worker with a doctorate from Vanderbilt University. "Whether you're starting out, starting over, or somewhere in-between, Feast for the Journey is a rare book for anyone wondering, 'What's next in my life?'" -Joe Calloway, author of Becoming A Category of One, Never By Chance, and Indispensable "This is good stuff-a journal, a workbook, a confessional memoir, a scholarly text, a resource manual, and a story. Woven together, it is indeed a new sort of book." -Dale Brown, Director of the Buechner Institute and author of The Book of Buechner "Anyone who senses the soul's deep longing for celebration, restoration, delight, and movement toward something 'more' will find their place at the beautifully hospitable table set for Feast for the Jour ney." -Pamela C. Hawkins, author of The Awkward Season and Simply Wait"
... Sabbath, p 176 7Ronald Rolheiser, The Shattered Lantern: Rediscovering a Felt Presence of God (New York: Crossroad, 2005), p 131 8 Seeing Blessing 1John O'Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings (Garden City, ...
Author: Helen Cepero
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Honorable Mention for Classic Christian Spirituality, from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore "Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love." —1 Corinthians 13:13 What are the pathways that lead us to God? This is a book about what happens when we find those pathways. You will discover the values and virtues that grow out of our experiences, and practices that encourage us to be with God in specific ways. Spiritual director Helen Cepero writes: "I ve seen that when I reflect on my own life experiences, when I am alert to God s presence, and alive to Christ s love, I grow as a Christ follower, and as a human being living in God s world. This book is an invitation for you not to follow me, but follow Jesus into the stories of your own life. You too, will need to wake up and be willing to walk . . . through your own life." We will follow the journey to God by beginning with three ways of love, then three ways of continuing in faith and lastly, three ways of living in hope. These nine pathways will lead you more deeply into life with Christ.
In his book, To Bless the Space Between Us, John O'Donahue attests to the power of these objects in our lives: “There is certain poignancy in this belief that blessing can enter the silence and privacy of the object and continue to ...
Author: Cathie G. Stivers
Publisher: Balboa Press
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Indigenous is neither a culture nor a people. Its a way. The indigenous way is the embodied ancient memory of how to be fully human, and its encoded in your soul, no matter who your ancestors are. Hidden deep and dormant within your indigenous soul is your identity and your lifes purpose, longing for you to remember them and put them into action. Reviving Our Indigenous Souls: How to Practice the Ancient to Bring in the New can help you do both, as you learn the origin, meaning, and application of 31 common verbs that collectively capture what it means to be fully human; visualize via illustrated appendices the interplay of the physical and spiritual aspects of your indigenous soul at work; discover how ancient wisdom and timeless practices have already defined and shaped you and will forever do so; follow the cues for reflection to discern the meaning that each chapter brings to your own life; and engage in recommended practices to achieve success in reviving your own indigenous soul. At this unprecedented time in planetary and cosmic history, you are needed. You are whole and sufficient, gifted and powerful. You are enough, and you are called to go out into the world and be enough. Let Reviving Our Indigenous Souls remind you of the former and guide you through the latter.
“Traditionally in Ireland, the act of blessing was not separate from daily life,” the Celtic poet and mystic John O'Donohue tells us in To Bless the Space Between Us, his book on retrieving the lost art of blessings for solace in ...
Author: Sarah Ban Breathnach
Publisher: Hachette UK
In times of crisis, countless women have turned to Simple Abundance for comfort and joy -- and now this mega-bestselling guide is updated and expanded for everyone who loved the original book, as well as a new generation that needs it now more than ever. First published in 1995, Simple Abundance topped the New York Times Bestseller list for over two years and is responsible for introducing two hugely popular concepts -- the "Gratitude Journal" and the term "Authentic Self." With daily inspirational meditations and reflections, the Simple Abundance phenomenon became a touchstone for a generation of women, helping them to reclaim their true selves, find balance during life's busiest moments, and rediscover what makes them truly happy. Simple Abundance's powerful messages are needed now more than ever, as we navigate the discord and stress instigated by a constant stream of "breaking news" cycles, and our 24/7 social media culture. Sarah Ban Breathnach has refreshed her bestselling phenomenon to address the needs of a new generation, with her signature candor, wit, and wisdom that made her a trusted and compassionate confidant for millions of women. A perennial classic whose time has come again, Sarah's work celebrates quiet joys, simple pleasures, and well-spent moments and reminds us how to find the beauty in the everyday.
and unfelt And that can be deep, dark, and confusing That is the opposite of leaving well All ten of these ... book of blessings and prayers titled To Bless the Space Between Us O'Donohue's book can help us in almost every season in ...
Author: Stephen W. Smith
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Effective leaders work very hard to succeed, but often at the cost of their own souls. They are challenged to keep themselves emotionally and spiritually healthy in order to survive success—to keep their humanity intact. This is the work within the work. Stephen W. Smith helps leaders in the marketplace and in ministry set aside the life-draining values of power, fame, fortune and position and instead explore the life-giving qualities of building character. In this book you will learn to: Recognize and determine the inner and outer markers of success Explore eight compelling virtues that every leader must possess Use the principle of rhythm rather than chase the myth of balance Recognize the limits of your own leadership Discover how to thrive, not just survive There is a better way to live than the craziness we experience in our driven world. Inside Job is your invitation to journey inside and do the work within your work.
The fifth practice, to bless, takes us out of our lives and churches and into the world around us. To bless, that is, ... John O'Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings (New York: Doubleday, 2008), 185. 8.
Author: Mariann Edgar Budde
Publisher: Church Publishing
• Practical and inspiring ways to practice a Jesus-centered life • Foreword by Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church So often we think of the Christian faith as an obligation or as a set of beliefs that we must hold. With this outlook, we can lose sight of what is most important: the invitation to experience a loving, personal relationship with God. It’s a relationship we can trust, where we can find refuge and solid ground upon which to stand. The Way of Love set forth by the Episcopal Church's Presiding Bishop Michael Bruce Curry is the journey of a lifetime. It’s a way of knowing God, receiving and sharing Jesus’ love, and being a blessing to the world. Mariann Edgar Budde shares her thoughts on how the reader can come to know--to receive--Jesus more deeply in practicing the Way of Love. Through the seven practices that have been put before us: to turn, to learn, to pray and to worship, to bless, to go, and to rest, she will share biblical stories, wisdom from the Christian tradition, and her own personal stories of spiritual growth.
Meeting the Paschal Mystery in the People Around Us Albert Holtz ... This, I realize, must be what the poet John O'Donohue means when he asks God to “bless the space between us.” I wish I'd learned how to do this years ago, ...
Author: Albert Holtz
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Using vignettes set in or near his monastery in downtown Newark, New Jersey, Benedictine monk Albert Holtz helps us to see that the Easter mystery, which can often seem abstract and distant, is in fact present all around us. As we accompany him through the fifty days of the Easter season, we listen in on his intriguing interactions with local street people and his inner-city high school students—an insider’s look at what goes on in a monk’s heart as he chants Vespers to the sound of police sirens. Anyone wishing to deepen his or her experience of the Easter mystery will find this a valuable and engaging book.