Water from a Deep Well. Sittser carves out a new discipline that blends spirituality and Christian history--spiritual history. He overviews Christian history through the lens of spirituality, looking at what we can learn about the spiritual life from various figures and eras. 165, two men named Carpus and Papylus stood before the proconsul of Pergamum, charged with the crime of being Christians. Not even torture could make them deny Christ, so they were burned alive.
Is my faithfulness as strong? In the fifth century, Melania the Younger and her husband, Pinian, distributed their enormous wealth to the poor and intentionally practiced the discipline of renunciation.
Could living more simply deepen my trust in God? In the sixteen hundreds, Philipp Jakob Spener's love for the Word of God and his desire to help people apply the Bible to their life moved him to start "Colleges of Piety, " or small groups. In what ways could commitment to community make me more like Christ?The history of the church has shaped what our faith and practice are like today. It's tempting to think that the way we do things now is best, but history also has much to teach us about what we've forgotten. In Water from a Deep Well, Gerald Sittser opens to us the rich history of spirituality, letting us gaze at the practices and stories of believers from the past who had the same thirst for God that we do today. As we see their deep faith through his vibrant narratives, we may discover that old ways can bring new life to our own spirituality.
He has also written many book reviews and articles. He speaks frequently at churches, college campuses, and scholarly and Christian conferences. Sittser has won numerous awards and honors including a Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for his bookWhen God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer. Foreword by Eugene Peterson Acknowledgments Introduction: There is More! 1 Witness: The Spirituality of the Early Christian Martyrs 2 Belonging: The Spirituality of Early Christian Community 3 Struggle: The Spirituality of the Desert Saints 4 Rhythm: The Spirituality of Monasticism 5 Holy Heroes: The Spirituality of Icons and Saints 6 Windows: The Spirituality of the Sacraments 7 Union: The Spirituality of the Mystics 8 Ordinariness: The Spirituality of the Medieval Laity 9 Word: The Spirituality of the Reformers 10 Conversion: The Spirituality of Evangelicals 11 Risk: The Spirituality of Pioneer Missionaries Conclusion: Where Do We Go from Here?Discussion Questions Annotated Reading List Illustration Credits Notes Index. Because it is such a well-written, well-researched, and well-conceived book, it will immediately become an indispensible book for anyone interested in Christian spirituality and the history of Christian spirituality. Michael Glerup, Journal of Spiritual Formation Soul Care [A] compelling history of spirituality. Sittser concludes each chapter with. Ways that certain spiritual practices can be incorporated into contemporary observance.
"--Publishers Weekly starred review, September 24, 2007 "An excellent resource for devotional study and personal spiritual development. "--Pulpit Helps, December 2007 "Excellent, well-researched book.
"--Gail Welbourn, Montgomery's Journey, April 2008 "My supply of adjectives fails me in describing the worth of this book. "--Betty Waller for The Lamplighter, February 2008 "Sittser's wonderfully capacious book gives us ecumenism at its best. "--Christianity Today, November 2007 "The lives of the saints are provided to inspire, encourage and invite us to join them on our own journeys of transformation. -Gail Welborn, Christian News Northwest, March 2008 Even if we cannot be a Saint Francis ora monk, there are lessons to be learned from reading about our predecessors in the Christian faith. Recommended for anyone who is interested in strengthening his or her spirituality.Shewmaker, Catholic Library World, December 2008 Sittser utilizes the metaphor of food and drink to serve up a timely corrective to one-generational approaches by inviting sojourners to an elaborate feast with the family of faith. This tried and true recipe deserves consideration not only as a personal or collective devotional but also for courses in church history, ecclesiology, and spiritual formation. Martin William Mittelstadt, Religious Studies Review, September 2008 The lives of the saints are provided to inspire, encourage and invite us to join them on our own journeys of transforamtion.
Consider a copy of Sittser's excellent, well-researched book for your home or church library. Gail Welborn, The Cypress Times February 17, 2009 Water From a Deep Well will reward readers who appreciate thorough research and detailed reporting, enlivened by telling asides and black-and-white illustrations.Monica Tenney, Congregational Libraries Today, November/December 2008 Water From a Deep Well is a hard-to-put-down book. The author's aim is to help us mine the riches of our wide heritage, and he does it admirably. His grasp of the subject, ability with words, and his experience learning these lessons shine from every page. -Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews, February 2008 Water From a Deep Well is a good book for a time when some evangelicals seem intent on de-rooting themselves from their family tree.
Water From a Deep Well will reward readers who appreciate thorough research and detailed reporting, enlivened by telling asides and black-and-white illustrations. What Gerald Sittser gives us is not a guidebook. But something which reads more like an extended declaration of love.
A history of Christian spirituality it may be, but such spirituality is understood less as a benefit to be acquired neutrally through detachment than a matter of being enthralled and enticed by the beauty which is Christ. Each chapter is instructive and informed, and Gerald Sittser provides the kind of clarity and simplicity which only grows out of deep knowledge. Subtitle Christian Spirituality from Early Martyrs to Modern Missionaries. Country of Publication United States.
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