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Benner, PhD. Presence And Encounter The Sacramental Possibilities Of Everyday Life Far from being merely a topic that I chose out of a desire to write another book, what follows is the fruit of a haunting interest that chose me over forty years ago. Whether it is encounter with others, the Wholly Other, or myself, these are moments when I know that life is its own meaning. Presence makes encounter possible. It also makes life meaningful. The search for meaning is really a search for presence, because grand systems of truth or meaning can never satisfy the basic human longing for life to be meaningful.
In this unique resource, David Benner invites us to live with more presence so we can know the presence of God more deeply in our lives. Drawing on over thirty-five years of experience integrating psychology and spirituality, Benner examines the transformational possibilities of spiritual presence and encounter in fresh, exciting, and practical ways. He helps readers understand the personal and interpersonal dimensions of presence and encounter, revealing how they mediate Divine Presence and serve as sacraments of everyday life.
His rich meditations are presented in a voice that is intelligent, compassionate, and engaging. The book includes end-of-chapter reflection exercises for individual or group use and a foreword by Richard Rohr. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions.
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Whether we encounter ourselves, others, or God, these moments let us know that life is meaningful. And presence is what makes encounter possible. When we are truly present, everything that has being becomes potentially present to us.
In this unique resource, David Benner invites us to live with more p The most vital and significant moments in life are moments of encounter. Get A Copy. Paperbackpages. More Details Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Presence and Encounterplease sign up.
Be the first to ask a question about Presence and Encounter. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 02, Rob rated it it was amazing. As I finish the most recent book by Dr David G Benner, I am increasingly aware of how thankful I am for people who can articulate lived experience in a way that allow me to see my world more clearly.
I have been thinking about his words and why they have touched me so deeply. I think it has been because of those who have revealed something of the divine through their willingness to be present to me in conversation. I am thankful for those who have let me glimpse a bit of the transcendent that is As I finish the most recent book by Dr David G Benner, I am increasingly aware of how thankful I am for people who can articulate lived experience in a way that allow me to see my world more clearly.
I am thankful for those who have let me glimpse a bit of the transcendent that is found in their life. I am privileged to know so many insightful people who have helped me become more fully aware of God's presence in this world.
To quote Benner, "Presence makes us aware of the thin places in which we walk and live. It is the threshold through which we pass to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Sep 08, Tom rated it really liked it. Benner's foci on presence and encounter was actually a single concept that impacts me on both a professional and personal level.
Read it slowly; there's a lot to digest! Aug 12, Peter rated it it was amazing. Presence is a powerful word. It is a very simple and profound word, and in the last year, it is word that has reshaped my thinking about how the church should minister in the the world.
It started when I heard David Fitch and Chris Smith speak on how the church should be present in the neighborhood. I encountered presence again when Dr. Phil Kenneson presented at the Slow Church conference. He said that we do not have anything more precious to give each other than our own presence.
When we are truly present, everything that has being becomes potentially present to us. Whether we encounter ourselves, others, or God, these moments let us know that life is meaningful. And presence is what makes encounter possible. More Options. In this unique resource, David Benner invites us to live with more presence so we can know the presence of God more deeply in our lives. The most vital and significant moments in life are moments of encounter.
Benner shows how profoundly important it is for us to practice and experience presence in our lives. For being a relatively short book, it is contains a deeply powerful message. Although at times what Benner writes is complicated because of some philosophical language, it is challenging nonetheless.
Most are seeking life change, and most seek it by adding more to their lives. We are told that that if we only had this thing or went to this Presence And Encounter The Sacramental Possibilities Of Everyday Life, then we could be changed.
The truth is, true transformation starts with being present and will lead us to encounter with the divine. Presence is such a powerful idea, but most of us miss it everyday.
Oct 05, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: spiritual-formation. David Benner is one of my favorite authors on the spiritual life. This is a great book about presence being present and experience presence from the other and encounter meeting by presence. There is so much insight here. Benner's writing is a blend psychological acuity with a mystic soulfulness, and accessibility. He will quote authors I find spurious such as Eckhart Tollebut weave their thought into a tapestry.
This book specifically is insightful for its description of what it means to David Benner is one of my favorite authors on the spiritual life. Buber's I-Thou is in the background here, as is an incarnational mysticism and sacramentality. This great stuff. I had a electronic library copy so couldn't mark it all up, but when I get my own copy, you bet I will. Benner takes us deeper The material in the book is exactly how the title sells it. Being new to Benner's work I was impressed with his simple prose and his ability to make a clear, concise point on a topic that many people simply don't spend much time with.
The chapters are relatively short, and conclude with a challenge to stop and think, as well as some thoughtful reflection questions. I would recommend this book to anyone who finds that they too often get caught up in the mundane of doing and Benner takes us deeper The material in the book is exactly how the title sells it.
I would recommend this book to anyone who finds that they too often get caught up in the mundane of doing and neglecting slow down and focus on being. Nov 27, Alicia rated it it was amazing Shelves: religious. But dialogue is profoundly different from each of these things It holds the possibility of changing not just opinions, perspectives, and understanding, but us. It involves two or more people talking with each other for no other purpose than to deeply meet each other.
Apr 14, Mindy Danylak rated it it was amazing Shelves: absolute-favoritesspiritualitypsych-developmentalpersonal-development. I want to give this book 10 stars. To every page, every section, my soul spoke "Yes!
Wise beyond the page. I love David Benner's work and this is yet one more piece that I will return to many times over the years. Nov 03, Kalinda Jones rated it it was ok. Interesting take on spiritual concepts. Unless someone is trying to push the limit on their thoughts about God, I would not recommend. Melanie Wolf rated it really liked it Sep 05, Robby Painter rated it it was amazing Jan 17, Justin rated it it was amazing Sep 14, Jordan rated it really liked it Dec 27, Monique Depope rated it it was amazing Aug 28, Tim Knight rated it liked it Feb 20, Quentin Orem rated it really liked it Aug 02,