Resources

Books

Crazy Love
Francis Chan

Leap Over A Wall
Eugene Peterson

Love Wins
Rob Bell

Mojo: How to Get It, Keep It, Get it Back
Marshall Goldsmith

Momentum for Life
Michael Slaughter

Never The Same
Steven James

Ragamuffin Gospel
Brennan Manning

Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World

Sailing Between the Stars
Steven James

The Seven Principals For Making Marriage Work
John M. Gottman and Nan Silver

The Power of Half
Kevin Salwen & Hannah Salwen

Untamed
Alan Hirsch & Debra Hirsch

Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul
Erwin Raphael McManus

Bible Reading Plans

Jesus in 21 Days Gospels of Luke & John ,
10 Week Bible Sampler
Whole Bible in 1 Year

Bible Gateway Bible Reading Plans

BiblePlan

Zondervan Bible Reading Plans

Lectio Divina

Links

10thousanddoors.org
What if church wasn’t just a place we go, but something we do?

American Bible Society
All things Bible
(check out “The Learning Bible” Resources)

Brianmclaren.net
Cool Author

Erwinmcmanus.com
Renaissance Man

Financial Peace University

The Park Church’s Channel
on YouTube

Sojo.net
Sojourners: Faith, Politics, Culture

Spiritual Gifts

The United Methodist Church

Upperroom.org
Devotional Resource

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina, literally meaning “divine reading,” is an ancient practice of praying the scriptures. During Lectio Divina, listen to the text of the Bible with the “ear of the heart,” as if in conversation with God, and God is suggesting the topics for discussion. The method of Lectio Divina includes moments of reading (lectio), reflecting on (meditatio), responding to (oratio) and resting in (contemplatio) the Word of God with the aim of nourishing and deepening your relationship with the Divine.

Time, place and text selection are all important considerations in practicing Lectio Divina.  Try to find thirty minutes to one hour of unhurried time in a place of reasonable quiet.  Playing quiet music or recordings of natural sounds can be a helpful backdrop.  Text can be chosen using a Bible reading plan or based on mood or need.  Spiritual reading can also include texts other than scripture, such as devotional writing and good religious poetry.

Begin by reaffirming that the purpose of this reading is to let yourself be addressed by the living God. Relax and settle yourself quietly, releasing your own agenda so that you can receive whatever word God desires to offer you. Read the passage slowly, allowing the meanings to sink in, associations to arise, and images to surface.  What word or phrase stands out to you?  Remain with it, turning it over in your mind.  What does God seam to be saying to you through this word?  Let your prayer emerge naturally through your encounter with the text.  Finally, release your thoughts, feelings and intentions to God and be at peace in His presence.