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Denial Is My Spiritual Practice ❰PDF❯ ✩ Denial Is My Spiritual Practice Author Rachel G. Hackenberg – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk It s the sort of experience familiar to many Somewhere between illness and divorce, abusive relationships and brushes with death, faith failed to provide answers or we failed to live as though we beli It s the sort of My Spiritual MOBI î experience familiar to many Somewhere between illness and divorce, abusive relationships and brushes with death, faith failed to provide answers or we failed to live as though we believed faith held answers Denial Is PDF/EPUB or But surely, it s different for clergy, the ones who preach and practice faith But faith requires , and authors Martha Spong and Rachel G Hackenberg, who grew up in the church and became ordained ministers, know first Is My Spiritual Epub ß hand about coming to terms with God and life, the need to search for answers or at least assurance we are not alone in struggling for renewed hope Denial Is My Spiritual Practice is a companion for the wondering and struggling The authors offer their own stories as evidence that God remains, both when faith fails and when faith finds new understanding They combine stark life experiences, offbeat spiritual perspectives, and Scripture to offer comfort, grace, laughter, and a few tears along the way.


10 thoughts on “Denial Is My Spiritual Practice

  1. Kathryn Johnston Kathryn Johnston says:

    I ve read it twice It s a beautiful book, personally written and yet universally applicable I m so thankful for it Spoiler alert I m the Kathryn of whom Martha is referring.


  2. Julia Julia says:

    This book is a thoughtful and provocative meditation on what scripture and God s faithfulness look like in the lives of two people who had, let s say, different expectations It is fair to say, even, that they were set up to have different expectations by their formational faith communities and their families Yet, life happens And God remains Full review here


  3. Elsa Elsa says:

    You can tell that both of these women are preachers Their writing reads like a really good sermon In each essay, something happens A point is made, sometimes subtly, and it leaves the reader thinking I d even say transformed.In truth, I wish there were sermons preached with the grace of these two women I wish faith was presented less as something complete and perfect and like it is proclaimed in this small tome confusing, challenging and sometimes just messy I m grateful these two women got together and created this thing It s a gift.


  4. Karla Karla says:

    Rachel and Martha do an amazing job of narrating personal stories, weaving in scripture and showing how being a faithful Christian is about living life, asking questions, facing truth with humor and grace Great read, and great for use for small groups.


  5. Mindi Welton-Mitchell Mindi Welton-Mitchell says:

    Denial Is My Spiritual Practice And Other Failures of Faith Each time I start at a new ministry, I set a plan in place that when I first arrive in my office, I will close my door, open my Bible, read a passage, and then pray for fifteen minutes, followed by journaling My mentor in the ordination process told me she did this to center herself every day.Each time I have tried to keep with this practice, I have failed miserably I think I lasted three weeks when I began at my current ministry.Failure is a part of our spiritual life We fall short, we fail to live up to the ideals of others, and frankly, some of those standards just don t make sense Denial is My Spiritual Practice and Other Failures of Faith by Rachel G Hackenberg and Martha Spong is the interwoven tales of two clergywomen and their failures Through these stories, the authors reflect on grace and healing that they have found by acknowledging that sometimes what we have been taught, what works for other believers, just doesn t work for us Sometimes we hold ourselves to impossible standards, whether they be the lofty wedding vows we recite, or the b.s assurances others tell us that God won t give us than we can handle.As I read through the book, there were stories I related to, times where I found myself nodding, times where I rolled my eyes along with the authors, and times where I laughed out loud I, too, have failed the labyrinth, and yet I still try, every time What Denial teaches us is that through our experiences the bad, the ugly, the frustrating and the uncertainty God s grace is still abundant, and through Biblical reflection, we find the psalmists and the disciples were also much like us attempting to believe, asking God to help in our unbelief.This is the sort of book I d give as a gift to someone I know on the long and winding road not necessarily going through the worst things in their life, but someone who might be wondering when the good will finally show up after a series of wrong turns It s a good book to have on the shelf to turn to when things just aren t where we hope they would be a reminder that we re not alone, and we can still find healing and hope along the journey.I received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.


  6. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    I m so thankful for the words of Rachel and Martha in this collection of spiritual essays It read like a memoir full of stories that drew me in from their beautiful prose and honesty that I crave in spiritual writing If you are looking for two honest friends to figure life out with if you re in a rough patch, look no further than this volume I could even re title it taking out the failures of faith part Never did I see their stories a failures but rather hopeful, real stories of what it means to find God in the circumstances of life you find yourself in unless of course you re really into strict dogma and doctrine, then if so, this is not the book for you I loved it


  7. Arianne Braithwaite Arianne Braithwaite says:

    Water and deep nourishment to my soul In so many ways At so many levels Their beautiful, artful writing of the most vulnerable areas was so life giving.


  8. Rev. Linda Rev. Linda says:

    This was an incredibly candid, refreshing look at events in these women s lives that other women, including myself, have experienced The thoughts that they give life to at times induced laughter and at other times, caused tears to flow in particular, I benefited from their portrayal of the faithfulness of God I have recommended this book to several of my close friends, and commend Rachel and Martha for their courage in writing the book From the publisher It s the sort of experience familiar to many Somewhere between illness and divorce, abusive relationships and brushes with death, faith failed to provide answers or we failed to live as though we believed faith held answers But surely, it s different for clergy, the ones who preach and practice faith But faith requires , and authors Martha Spong and Rachel G Hackenberg, who grew up in the church and became ordained ministers, know first hand about coming to terms with God and life, the need to search for answers or at least assurance we are not alone in struggling for renewed hope Denial is My Spiritual Practice is a companion for the wondering and struggling The authors offer their own stories as evidence that God remains, both when faith fails and when faith finds new understanding They combine stark life experiences, offbeat spiritual perspectives, and Scripture to offer comfort, grace, laughter, and a few tears along the way.


  9. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi says:

    Read this book Anything I say after this first statement is simply icing on the cake Hackenberg and Spong offer a powerful set of narratives that leaves one feeling both understood and convicted Their experiences of trauma, loss, bad habits, unmet expectations and other failures of life are detailed not for the sake of airing dirty laundry, as Hackenberg explains, but as love offerings in vulnerability and grace weaved beautifully through biblical narratives These stories speak directly to the souls of those who have also known such failures i.e., all of us , asking the same questions of God, the sacred text, traditioned spiritual practice, and ourselves that I ve often wondered but dared not share aloud Both authors hit home the simple reality that life is complex and painful yet survival, love, and community are often found in and through those periods that challenge us the most They don t end things there, however, for not every experience is tied together with such a tidy bow, leaving the reader to wrestle with the same longing for resolution that the authors desire and that our faith may not bring until resurrection If you are open to being comforted, challenged, and nourished all at once, then this book will not disappoint.


  10. Joanna Joanna says:

    I found this book to be the perfect combination of a quick, engaging read while still having depth and substance I would recommend it for personal reading and also for Sunday School or small groups It looks at how we struggle with our faith in the midst of the messiness of life.


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