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"The essays in Wedding the Wild Particular make plain the sheer delight I have taken in the primary world and the degree to which that delight has enriched my academic vocation. They make what I believe is a coherent argument for the importance of natural literacy in the intellectual life."" - Robert Benson
"In a world that keeps asking us to go higher and faster, how do we begin to go deeper, into the place where God lives and moves and has His being within us?" -Robert Benson
The Latin word "e;venite"e; is an invitation given to pray the prayers of Christ. It is an invitation to pray the ancient prayer, until life becomes a prayer without ceasing.Best-selling author Robert Benson brings together deep-rooted and traditional prayer practices of the Church in a volume for laypeople who want to practice daily prayer throughout the year in their own solitude. Venite offers a means of framing one's day in the rhythm of the ancient daily prayers of the Church, and allows for participation in those rhythms by beginning the day with prayer to sanctify it; by ending the day's work with psalms, prayers, and thanksgiving; and by committing oneself to the darkness and silence of the night with confession, forgiveness, and confidence. Like The Book of Common Prayer, Venite is a daily book of connecting to God for people of all Christian faiths. Crossing denominational lines in spirit and in practice, it is divided into seven parts: Office, Seasons, Days of Remembrance, Canticles, Psalter, Lectio, and Prayers. Easy-to-use and follow, Venite is an uplifting and enlightening book for all experienced in or new to sacred daily prayer.
We do not, and cannot, by definition, know much about the kingdom to come. But the ';One Who Came Among Us' not only came to reassure us of the gift of the kingdom that is yet unseen but to proclaim the presence of the kingdom is already among useven when we cannot see it and we cannot hear it. Sometimes we cannot see much evidence of the kingdom that is already here. How do we find it, not lose sight of it, and even share its message of hope with others in the darkness?In Punching Holes in the Dark, author Robert Benson helps us discover strength in the gifts of the Spirit and encourages us all to start punching holesas hard as we can, as often as we canto let the Light of the world sneak i
';I am not ever going to get to go home, am I?,"e; she said one day. This is the story of moving Miss Peggy to a new place to live, to a new way of life, to a new kind of reality. All of which became necessary because Miss Peggy had begun to live a life colored by dementia. All of us who love her have begun to live that new life with her. Some of that story is here as well.In Moving Miss Peggy we also meet the story of siblings, grown apart over years, with nothing in common except for a mother who in wrestling through her own challenges gave each grown child the gift of a deeply felt reunion, long years after any of them suspected there was a possibility of reconciling grace.Written with grace, candor and bittersweet humor, Moving Miss Peggy tells a story that many others are now facing, bringing strength and wisdom and inspiration to readers. We learn (and learn again) along with Miss Peggy and her family some of the very basics for living life well.
Why is it important to prepare one's heart for Holy Communion?Holy Communion-also known as the Lord's Supper, service of Word and Table, or Eucharist-is an act of worship that Christians are called to offer to God, Robert Benson states. "e;This [observance of Communion] is a critical part of our life together,"e; he notes, and so "e;it seems critically important that we approach this act of praise and thanksgiving with some measure of reverence."e;Benson invites readers to take a fresh look at this central practice of Christian worship. Speaking from the perspective of a fellow worshiper rather than an expert, he traces the history of the Lord's Supper from its Jewish roots and the time of the early church. He sheds light on the meaning of Holy Communion for individuals, congregations, and the church throughout the world. Benson's poetic writing conveys devotion and passion. His down-to-earth style will inspire readers to reflect on the mystery of Jesus' sacrifice for all people, and how they are called "e;not just to *think** about him, but to *remember** him"e; each time they partake of the bread and cup. *That We May Perfectly Love Thee** includes a guide for small groups, as well as a model for a personal retreat.