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Journey Into Silence

Journey Into Silence

Journey Into Silence:  Transformation Through Contemplation, Wonder and Worship

Chaim Bentorah

One of my favorite places to visit, close to my home, is the local Catholic church, St. James.  I go there to get away from the noise and cacophony of life.  The silence in the sanctuary envelopes my soul like a warm blanket on a snowy day.  The whole world seems to pause in absolute quiet.  I enter into the stillness overwhelmed by the cultural clamoring clatter and leave feeling completely calm and peaceful.

This is how I felt while reading Chaim Bentorah’s book, Journey Into Silence:  Transformation Through Contemplation, Wonder and Worship.  With heart-bearing insights, he demonstrates the value and necessity of reflective solitude.  Walk with Chaim Bentorah on his three silent retreats and come to know just how very much you are loved.

 

The Way of the Rose

The Way of the Rose

The Way of the Rose:  The Radical Path of the Divine Feminine Hidden in the Rosary

Clark Strand and Perdita Finn

“You believe that your lives are supported by a monetary economy, that economy is only an illusion. The world itself is but an economy of prayer. This is what you must learn. This must become your devotion. The world is nothing but prayer.”

Clark Strand and Perdita Finn took me on a journey of their discovery of “The Divine Feminine Hidden in the Rosary” and by the end, the peace I felt within was nothing short of knowing “the world is nothing but prayer.” The Way of the Rose is an inspirational, enlightening, and beautiful read.

Rumi’s Daughter

Rumi’s Daughter

Rumi’s Daughter

Muriel Maufroy

Sometimes I am just meant to read a book and it finds its way to me or vice versa; that was my experience with Rumi’s Daughter. After my mother died, I reconnected with my cousin and visited him in Oregon. He “just happened” to have this book on his coffee table and it beckoned to me. Once I started reading, I could not put it down. One of the few fictional books I have read in the last ten years, it is more than a love story—it is a Love and Grace story, a Way of unlearning much like that of The Shack.

The Gift

The Gift

The Gift

Translated by Daniel Ladinsky

This book, The Gift: Poems By Hafiz The Great Sufi Master, (Translations by Daniel Ladinsky) is not a book I have read cover to cover. Instead it is one which when moved to do so, I open randomly and skim through until a particular poem has caught my attention. Once captured, I read through the composition slowly, several times, and then sit with it for a while. Reading his poetry is like listening to and sharing time with a beloved friend. And much like my time with dear friends, I usually end up crying and laughing at the same time—my favorite emotion.

The Shack

The Shack

The Shack

Wm. Paul Young

Other than the Bible, most recently the Complete Jewish Study Bible, no other book has had a greater impact on my understanding of God than The Shack by Wm. Paul Young. Like the Bible, I have read it through many times—the pages are dog-eared, meaningful passages are underlined (and have been quoted on this site) and I have written inspired thoughts in the margins. Mr. Young genuinely captures the Truth, Beauty, and Grace of the Holy Trinity and Her Love that makes us One. This book is especially worthwhile for those who question why “bad” things happen.

Bibles

Bibles

The Complete Jewish Study Bible

Rabbi Barry Rubin, General Editor

Of the seven different versions of the Bible that I have read from cover to cover, The Complete Jewish Study Bible, has made the most lasting impression upon me so far. In “Illuminating the Jewishness of God’s Word” as proclaimed on the cover, my experience of the scriptures has been fuller and richer.

Each version I have read—Revised Standard Version (RSV), New International Version (NIV), New Living Translation (NLT), The Message (MSG), and English Standard Version (ESV)—has been an important part of my faith journey; and not one of those versions is any better than any other version.

What made reading this version particularly alive was the context—insights into the history of the times about which it was written and through which it was written, explanations of misunderstood words, use and pronunciation of Jewish names, and the perspective and purpose of Jewish festivals.

Other versions of the Bible may have those kinds of features as well, but this Jewish experience seems to have filled an intense yearning within my spirit while further deepening my awareness of God.