The Bible is filled with many familiar stories of mystical experiences -- Moses and the burning bush, Samuel in the temple, the angel's visit to Mary, and Paul's Damascus road experience are just a few examples -- and many modern Christians have equally powerful experiences of the Lord's life-changing power and presence. In this follow-up volume toq Vision Stories, q 84 contributors share their authentic, intensely personal accounts of encountering the divine, including visions, healing miracles, and answers to prayer. Each vignette manifests the indescribable joy, comfort, and peace we experience in God's presence. And because each personal story also illustrates a scripture passage from Cycle C of the Revised Common Lectionary, qSharing Visionsq is an especially valuable resource for lectionary preaching. But even more, it's inspiring reading for personal devotion and spiritual growth. Praise for qVision Storiesq and qSharing Visionsq: qI am rejoicing as I read the testimonies in Sharing Visions and Vision Stories. What an inspiration!q Richard B. Wilke Author of the qDisciple Bible Study seriesq qStorytelling has long been a deep, rich resource for sharing our faith with one another. In Sharing Visions, John Sumwalt connects readers with the power of stories for recognizing and celebrating God's presence in the midst of our daily lives. Through reading and reflecting on these stories, readers are invited into God's ongoing story of creation, redemption, and empowerment.q Carol F. Krau Director of Christian Formation and Spiritual Leadership General Board of Discipleship, United Methodist Church qThis dynamic, moving, and deeply authentic collection of true stories will carry readers on a powerful journey of healing and inspiration. Sharing Visions will appeal to Catholic and Protestant alike.q Deacon Eddie Ensley Author of qVisions: The Soul's Path To The Sacredq qAt long last someone has demonstrated the courage to lift the veil of silence that so often covers the mystical experiences of ordinary people. By denying the reality of these experiences we have denied spiritual sustenance and growth to many. Vision Stories is a forerunner of the feast that is to come for all who earnestly seek to walk with God.q Reuben P. Job Author ofq A Guide to Spiritual Discernmentq qThis wonderful collection of stories reminds us of a fact our world desperately needs to know -- that God is alive and well and ready to be at work in our daily lives.q J. Ellsworth Kalas Author of qNew Testament Stories from the Back Sideq A noted storyteller, John E. Sumwalt is the pastor of Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The author of CSS' acclaimed qLectionary Storiesq series, Sumwalt leads seminars and retreats on sharing and understanding visions. He and his wife Jo Perry-Sumwalt also are the editors of the online service qStoryShare.qDavid Eaton I grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota. In 1962, my ... With instructions to follow Dad, I drove a tractor and wagon. ... I had just enough time to make one hard attempt to disengage the hand clutch a but it wouldna#39;t disengage.
|Author||:||John E. Sumwalt, Ralph Milton|
|Publisher||:||CSS Publishing - 2003-01-01|