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Friday, April 21, 2006

cover of Sleeping with Bread

A simple book. With one main idea that is explained in various ways for various situations. The idea is 'The Examen', which is originally from St. Ignatius of Loyola. The process of asking two questions each night (or day, week, life, meeting..) -- For what today am I most grateful? For what today am I least grateful. There are other ways to ask similar questions which get at the same main ideas.

Christians have the pleasure of God living inside of them. Which means that by listening to our own lives and their experiences, we can hear the voice of God. Especially by listening for our consolations and our desolations. Desolations make one sad, angry, frustrated, or drained of life, while consolations make one loved, happy, satisfied, full of life. God longs for us to become more like Jesus and to have our lives filled with giving and receiving love.

Sometimes the things we are doing are not bad, but the way that we are doing them is. By doing the examen, one might realize that it is good to eat a nice dinner, but not to eat it in front of the tv. That dinner can be a time to enjoy friends or family. In listening to our experiences, the things we enjoy doing will become more apparent. Not simply the things we should do, but what we were made to do!

Title:Sleeping with Bread: Holding what gives you life
Author:Dennis, Sheila, and Matthew Linn
Date published:1995
Genre: Spirituality
Number of pages: 64
Notes: recommended by and borrowed from Jude


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