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S wildest dreams It s interesting to note that the word discerning comes from the Hebrew word that means to hear A hearing heart is what Solomon literally asked for a heart that could look at an over grown field or an ant at work and see windows of the soul That same word is used in the great commandment Hear O Israel The Lord our God the Lord is one Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength The first step toward being wise is also the first step *in loving God and that is being attentive to the words He has *loving God and that is being attentive to the words He has Eventually all things merge into one and a river runs through it wrote Maclean as he was concluding his book What the psalmist writes is a little different Eventually all things merge into oblivion All things on arth that is But in heaven stands the city of God and a river runs through it One of the things the river offers the city is its gladness Be still and know that I am God This is probably my fourth time through this book It could be my sixth I always open it with pleasure and close it with benefit It s the book that I gift the most and one of the ones which had I to choose just a few to read for life I would select I find myself hard pressed to distinguish whether it just has a personal connection to me because of the insights and Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes—from Punk to Indie and Everything in Between enjoyable style or if it s a truly wonderful book but I lean towards the latter I will never say I have now read this for the last time This is a great book that just feels very different from a lot of the Christian books I usually read it just feels poetic It s about just being intimate with God and connecting with Him deeply This is a book that I have had on my bookshelf for a long time and despite it being repeatedly recommended by othersspecially during a period of prolonged depression I never got round to reading it I m so glad I now have and would recommend it to anyone It has hints of Philip Yancey s style and spirituality about it but rather than using the The Day Christ Was Born experiences of others as is Yancey s journalistic approach Gire uses his own lifexperiences as hooks to hang his thesis on Coming from a thorough going Bible focused 5 Nights: Sinful Delights Boxed Set evangelical perspective Girencourages us to open our Eyes To See And Hear God Speaking to see and hear God speaking us through other windows of revelation The confessional devotional tone and Gire s poetic turn of phrase which actually I found The Seventh Witch evident in his prose than his poetry makes up for any lack of theological depth A good Lenten study particularly if you want something that is awake to literature and the arts A second reading wasn t perhaps as good as the first but that is the nature of the book and doesn t detract from my initial assessment of its merits People at work wanted to read this and discuss it together which we ll start doing next month And so I wish Injoyed it a lot than I did It s not terrible it s just a little syrupy for my tastes One challenge for me as I read it is that I didn t know anything about Ken Gire but his writing style feels like what you d say to a close friend I don t have the trust relationship yet so until he started telling his own personal history I didn t care very much about what he was writing because of the nature of the book s personal spiritual content Later in the book he does tell his story bit by bit so that helpedTwo chapters that stood out to me were Windows of Vocation and Windows of the Wilderness They resonated with where I m at right now though Gire is on the other side of it and I m still stuck in the middle of the wilderness which is a little painful Gire writesSuddenly I found myself against a God who baited me and then set the hook But it was not the punishment of the hook That was nothing It was the hunger in my soul and that I was against something or something was against me that I did not comprehend That was And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake everything 108I know that feeling and I can t wait to be through it and looking back on it in hindsight SomedayGire s chapter Windows of Art is a really nicexample of one person getting to know an artist Van Gogh and finding depth and meaning in the journey That chapter made me want to read about Van Gogh. Artist Ken Gire paints word pictures in prose and poetry that will thrill your heart Mature Living Windows of the Soul is a rare book resounding with the cry for communion that is both ours and God's With passion honesty and beauty Ken Gire calls us to a fresh sensitivity to God's voice speaking through the unexpected parables that surround us Christian Courie. Schmaltzy melodramatic theologically inaccurate if I could give this book negative stars I would I liked the format of the book The author stresses that we Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America experience God in all of life Literature art music naturetc are all places to The Pocket Wife encounter the One whose we are His writing flowsasily and he The Color of Our Sky endsach small chapter with a prayer for application of the former lesson A nice devotional reading Windows of the Soul is an incredibly powerful readMy wife and I read Windows of the Soul at the recommendation of a friend I didn t have a lot of xpectations But as we progressed through the book it became vident why this book has Become One Of My Friends one of my friends and why it is now one of ours I suspect that one time won t be the only time we read it Ken Gire is to writing as Van Gogh is to painting Masterful Read this years ago I loved this book and refer back to it often It looks at how God is in Obsession every part of our lifexperiences I am going to read this book many times in my life It s one of those reads that just ties things together It makes sense It s creative and so well written truly impacted the way I will read and write and sing with a new attuned spirit towards seeking God Sorge is an artistic and truthful writer Sometimes sentimental but I love how Gire can start a sentence Cabaret: A Roman Riddle even halfway through I have no idea where it s going it regularlynds in pleasant surprise making connections I didn t see coming He s probably too soft ven sappy for many sp men but so well read this work is a tapestry of great writers and thinkers and artists there is depth and brilliance here not just sentimentHere are a few favorite passages again for my sake mostly Whenever I hear G recki s Third Symphony or Rachmani noff s Vespers whenever I read Rilke s poem The Man Watch ing or Harper Lee s book To Kill a Mockingbird whenever I see the movie Camelot or the stage play Les Miserables something Tookish wakes in me a sleepy yed awareness that there is to me than I know And suddenly I want to set aside my walking stick and strap on a sword and leave the cozy security of my hobbit hole in search of some far off adventure Like the dormant gene that wakes with the dawn of our adolescence rousing us toward adulthood moments like these reveal we are destined for greater things than make believe adventures in the fenced in yards of our youth Art literature and music waken us to the alluring beauty of that destiny But as C S Lewis cautions The book or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them it was not in them it only came through them and what came through them was longing They are not the thing it self they are only the scent of a flower we have not found the cho of a tune we have not heard news from a country we have never visited This longing that wells up in us though does not spring into All Roads Lead Home existence on its own God is always previous is the way the theologian von H gel put it You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you is the way Aslan put it the lion in the Narnia Chronicles who called Edmund and three other children from England into the magical land of Narnia The way the apostle John put it was We love because he first loved us Maybe too that is why we long God s yearning for us stirs up our longing in response said Howard Macy in Rhythms of the Inner Life God s initiating presnce may be ver so #Subtle An Inward Tug Of Desire A Than Coincidence Meeting #an inward tug of desire a than coincidence meeting words and vents a glimpse of the beyond in a storm or in a flower but it is nough to make the heart skip a beat and to make us want to know Parables are pictures that merge from the jigsaw vents of life however *irregular or disconnected they may first appear All happenings great and small *or disconnected they may first appear All happenings great and small parables whereby God speaks said Malcolm Muggeridge the art of life is to get the message To see all that is offered us at the windows of the soul and to reach out and receive what is offered this is the art of livingArt can warm ven a chilled and sunless soul to an xalted spiritual xperience Through art we occasionally receive indistinctly briefly revelations the likes of Praise for Windows of the Soul Every once in a while a book comes along that makes you stop and think and then think some like Ken Gire's wonderful book Windows of the Soul John Trent in Christian Parenting Today Ken Gire has created a book that gently pours forth like water out of a garden bucket cleansing our thoughts and opening the petals of our spirits pr. Hich cannot be achieved by rational thought It is like the small mirror of legend you look into it but instead of yourself you glimpse for a moment the Inaccessible a realm forever beyond reach And your soul begins to ache ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN C S Lewis xplained the right way to look at a work of art when he said We sit down before a picture in order to have some thing done to us not that we may do things with it The first de mand any work of art makes upon us is surrender Look Listen Receive For many of us though that is not what we do We look and listen but instead of receiving we react instead of surrendering we resist instead of coming away changed we come away crit ical And that is true whether we come away from a movie we see on Saturday night or a sermon we hear on Sunday morning The spiritual world cannot be made suburban It is always frontier and if we would live in it we must accept and ven rejoice that it remains untamed HOWARD R MACY Rhythms of the Inner Life All of this and if I paid the tuition showed up for classes did the reuired work I would become in four years a master of theology It was all so safe And safe is what we all really want to be isn t it It was what the children wanted to be in C S Lewis s The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe when they first heard that the true king of Narnia was a lion Susan asks the Beavers Is he uite safe I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion That you will dearie and no mistake said Mrs Beaver if there s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking they re Just Cause either braver than most orlse just silly Then he isn t safe said Lucy Safe said Mr Beaver Don t you hear what Mrs Beaver tells you Who said anything about safe Course he isn t safe But he s good The Man Watching by Rainer Maria Rilke I can tell by the way the trees beat after so many dull days on my worried windowpanes that a storm is coming and I hear the far off fields say things I can t bear without a friend I can t love without a sister The storm the shifter of shapes drives on across the woods and across time and the world looks as if it had no age the landscape like a line in the psalm book is seriousness and weight and ternity What we choose to fight is so tiny What fights with us is so great If only we would let ourselves be dominated as things do by some immense storm we would become strong too and not need names When we win it s with small things and the triumph itself makes us small What is xtraordinary and ternal does not want to be bent by us I mean the Angel who appeared to the wrestlers of the Old Testament when the wrestlers sinews grew long like metal strings he felt them under his fingers like chords of deep music Whoever was beaten by this Angel who often simply declined the fight went away proud and strengthened and great from that harsh hand that kneaded him as if to change his shape Winning does not tempt that man This is how he grows by being defeated decisively by constantly greater beings CS Lewis Why love if losing hurts so much I have no answers only the life I have lived Twice in that life I was given the choice as a boy and as a man The boy chose safety The man chose suf fering The pain now is part of the happiness then That s the deal S ren Kierkegaard once said Life must be lived forwards but it can be understood only backwards The I think it over said van Gogh the I feel that there is nothing truly artistic than to love people Whenever you find tears in your yes specially unexpected TEARS IT IS WELL TO PAY it is well to pay closest attention They are not only telling you something about the secret of who you are but often than not God is speaking to you through them of the mystery of where you have come from and is summoning you to where if your soul is to be saved you should go next FREDERICK BUECHNER Whistling in the Dark Where did Solomon get his yes and his ars and his heart to understand God appeared to him in a dream at Gibeon telling him to ask for whatever he wanted When he asked for a discerning heart so he could have the wisdom to rule God s people it pleased God so much He granted the reuest beyond Solomon. Oviding us with a new sense of clarity in our search for God Manhattan KS Mercury Each word ach phrase is painstakingly wrought loaded with thoughts and prayer and filled with new glimpses of God's love grace and strength The Christian Advocate Windows of the Soul will surprise you with the many and varied windows God uses to speak to us With the heart of an.

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