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  • Title: Listening For God: A Minister's Journey Through Silence And Doubt
  • Author: Renita J. Weems
  • ISBN: 9780684863139
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • Throughout the past two decades, Renita J Weems has been noted and praised for her writing, galvanizing national speaking, and pioneering scholarship in the field of Old Testament studies Yet in the midst of her celebrated work, she was experiencing a profound spiritual crisis permeated by a hollow, painful silence that seemed, at times, to mark an irreparable rupture inThroughout the past two decades, Renita J Weems has been noted and praised for her writing, galvanizing national speaking, and pioneering scholarship in the field of Old Testament studies Yet in the midst of her celebrated work, she was experiencing a profound spiritual crisis permeated by a hollow, painful silence that seemed, at times, to mark an irreparable rupture in her communication with God In this deeply affecting book, Weems addresses the believer s yearning for God through periods of inconstancy, vacillation, and disenchantment Her own spiritual disquietude will be familiar to all who struggle to maintain faith while the details of daily life negotiating with children and spouses, caring for ailing parents, living up to professional expectations, developing hobbies, managing finances, and planning for the future compete for energy with one s relationship with God In sharing her own strategies for redefining mundane rituals so that they contribute to reverence and devotion, Weems offers a beacon of light for all believers struggling to listen for God amidst the din of worldly demands and distractions.
    Listening For God A Minister s Journey Through Silence And Doubt Throughout the past two decades Renita J Weems has been noted and praised for her writing galvanizing national speaking and pioneering scholarship in the field of Old Testament studies Yet in the m

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    1. This book was easy to read but not necessarily easy to relate to for me in many ways As one of God s frozen chosen I don t think I ever expected the kind of religious ecstasy that Rev Weems was brought up to count as the norm in a Pentecostal tradition However, I think many of us do go through periods of spiritual dryness, in whatever way we think of it, and I tend to agree with her way of handling it by just keeping on showing up, doing the practices, and remaining open to the holy In college I [...]

    2. I read this book about five years ago and am re reading it as part of a RevGalBlogPals discussion It gives me a sense of how far I ve come in the past five years, and I am also finding new insights Weems writes about her own silent periods, the times when God seemed to be incommunicado I ve been there, too She weaves stories of work and family history and her present life as of the writing of the book She is a very good writer, engaging and challenging.

    3. I ve read this book in bits and pieces multiple times I ve read it from cover to cover twice Each time, I walk away with a deeper sense of understanding and a deeper appreciation for the beauty of humanity Sunday I preached a sermon that emphasized heavily how God speaks through silence And today, as I finished the final part of this book again, I wished I d have half as eloquent as Dr Weems is when she speaks of God s silence.This book has helped me to reflect greatly on my own life and ministr [...]

    4. This book is a quick, easy read, but I didn t feel like I got a whole lot out of it.The first third or so I found fairly repetitive one goes through fallow periods, continuing to go through the motions is valuable, being honest about what you re not feeling is valuable, etc.And the remainder felt somewhat scattershot various vignettes from her life that didn t always have clear takeaways or felt like they could have been developed especially after we spent sixty some pages on fallow periods and [...]

    5. Ever feel as if God is silent You are not along, mister and Biblical scholar Rentia Weems takes us through her powerful journey of silence with God I loved this book because it helped me to see that I am not along in this Christian journey That sometimes we doubt but that there is light at the end of the tunnel Her honestly was refreshing.

    6. I really LOVE the author s blogry progressive, Black, Female, Christian thinking However, i just couldn t finish reading this book I think perhaps because its so personal to her, i couldn t really apply anything to myself I will give one of her other, objective books a try.

    7. In the first section of the book, Weems is trying to hard to find spiritual lessons, but in the later part of the book she lets her own voice come through much as she recounts her own thoughts and experiences I was interested in her personal story, than in any theological message.

    8. A really good book with honest insight into what it means to be struggling with faith and with God Very moving and helpful

    9. An honest look at times of doubt and silence in our faith lives Some powerful vignettes from her own life.

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