The Trinity is supposed to be the central, foundational doctrine of our entire Christian belief system, yet we're often told that we shouldn't attempt to understand it because it is a ‘mystery’. Should we presume to try to breach this mystery? If we could, how would it transform our relationship with God and renew our lives? The word Trinity is not found in the New Testament—it wasn't until the third century that early Christian father Tertullian coined it—but the idea of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit was present in Jesus' life and teachings and from the very beginning of the Christian experience. In the pages of this book, internationally recognized teacher Richard Rohr circles around this most paradoxical idea as he explores the nature of God—circling around being an apt metaphor for this mystery we're trying to apprehend. Early Christians who came to be known as the ‘Desert Mothers and Fathers’ applied the Greek verb perichoresis to the mystery of the Trinity. The best translation of this odd-sounding word is dancing. Our word choreography comes from the same root. Although these early Christians gave us some highly conceptualized thinking on the life of the Trinity, the best they could say, again and again, was, Whatever is going on in God is a flow—it's like a dance. But God is not a dancer—He is the dance itself. That idea might sound novel, but it is about as traditional as you can get. God is the dance itself, and He invites you to be a part of that dance. Are you ready to join in?
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A Favorite Author Among Teen Girls Most young women yearn to be chosen, to be called out from the crowd and loved for who they are. In The Divine Dance, Shannon Kubiak Primicerio acknowledges this desire and likens teen girls to dancers, constantly performing to please the "audiences" in their lives. But in family, peers, teachers, and others, young women forget that they were created to perform for God alone. Promicerio provides readers with guidance and encouragement to stop dancing for the world and to start dancing for an audience of One.
This book is written not simply as an autobiography. Martha Le Valley hopes that the reader can see through her protest and pain, and be enlightened by the grand mark for change that her students and she have embarked on. Her book presents urgent testimonials, illustrating women's capacity to lift themselves up from the pit of despair and into joyous living through consciousness of mind/body/spirit temples that we all own. Martha's book is about resurrection-hers and those of thousands of her students. She wants her readers to think of this book as a tiny thread in a soothing blanket of love that is gently bringing mankind together in peace. About the Author Martha Le Valley BA., MA., DT., is an alumna of Juilliard in New York City, the University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, and New School University in NYC. She earned bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in both dance and dance therapy from Goddard College and New York University. She also completed several years of bioenergetics analysis training and did her dance therapy internship in Bronx Psychiatric Center in New York City.
DescriptionThis is a strong and emotional book which captures the feelings and experiences of someone who is condemned as 'insane' and held in a secure unit. Mairi Colme's writing is full of mysticism and depth as she uses her given talent for writing to make sense of her lost years and her treatment at the hands of those who should have been protecting her. This book will find resonance in anybody who has experienced what Mairi has and can act as a guide to those who would like to understand more about the debate over sectioning and secure units.About the AuthorMairi Colme has an MA Honours degree in English language and literature, has trained in theology, and is now a Benedictine Oblate. She has written a great deal, including poetry and mystical texts. She is now working to set up a charitable foundation, promoting mental well-being and spiritual knowledge. This book is chiefly about a period in her life, the seven years from 1988 to 1995, when she was permanently sectioned and 'certified insane'. It is about all the adventures, the pain and the love that she experienced as she struggled to escape from a dire fate.
"Partners in the Divine Dance of Our Three Person'd God invites readers to pray the mystery of the Trinity in ways that are dynamic, passionate and relevant to their lives. By suggesting ways to read, reflect, pray, live and love more deeply into a consciousness of the indwelling Trinity - touching on lectio and the Rublev icon - this book attempts to shed some light and enkindle some heat in fostering a richer relationship between ordinary believers and their three person'd God."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
The Divine Dance is the first popular work by a fresh thought leader. These brief essays are a distillation of Charlie's two decades of business, educational and spiritual leadership. At its heart, The Divine Dance is an invitation for spiritual seekers to experience with intelligence and passion the very Life of God. Christian teaching on the Trinity is nearly 2000 years old, but an individual's enjoyment of God can be new every day. Charlie's writing is conversational, direct and insightful, urging readers to awaken to God's personal love and take personal responsibility for their own development. The dance motif helps to convey the joy, movement and unity that are part of a person's life with God and with others. Love for God and others are inseparable. Personal growth occurs in community, not in a vacuum. Kathy Self's visuals and poetry enliven the book like a prism refracting light into beautiful colors. The Divine Dance is the first in a series of works that will capture the imagination, enliven the mind and engage the heart in a relentless pursuit of joy and wholeness. Future works include Praying Naked: Spiritual Freedom in Marriage and Seven Minutes a Week: The Bible for the Rest of Us.
This extended personal meditation on the mystery of Christ seeks to show how we participate in the reality which we call God by entering into, and sharing in, the experience of Jesus. In so doing the mystery of Christ is revealed and realised in us as it is in Jesus, and we become caught up in The Divine Dance of Love. The Carol 'My Dancing Day' is used as a framework: each verse focuses on a particular stage or event in the life of Jesus -- from birth to temptation, suffering, death, resurrection and ascension. The image of the dance is important, precisely because it conveys this sense of involvement, experience and partnership with Christ. It is hoped that these meditations will enable the reader to be drawn more deeply into the mystery of Christ, which, although hidden, is waiting to be discovered and known at the heart of everything, for it is in Christ himself that God invites the whole of creation to dance in his love and to enter into the fullness and the joy of life.
This coming-of-age guide for Christian girls is written by a college-age author with relevant experience and insight to the teenage years who addresses issues of self-esteem and inner beauty.