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by David F. Ford

The Shape of Living: Spiritual Directions for Everyday Life epub ebook

Author: David F. Ford
Category: Christian Living
Language: English
Publisher: Zondervan; Revised ed. edition (January 27, 2002)
Pages: 224 pages
ISBN: 0310245621
ISBN13: 978-0310245629
Rating: 4.4
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The Shape of Living" is a book about real life. In it, the reader will grapple with issues of personal identity, relationships, work, hope and fear, joy and sorrow. And they will be found as they are found in real life.

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David F. Ford examines the whirl of life today – the endless information that inundates us and pervades our lives

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. David F. Ford examines the whirl of life today – the endless information that inundates us and pervades our lives. He serves up practical wisdom for coping creatively, offering a vision of genuine Christian life that can face the best and worst of today’s world. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

The Shape of Living : Spiritual Directions for Everyday Life

The Shape of Living : Spiritual Directions for Everyday Life.

David Frank Ford (born 23 January 1948, Dublin) is an academic and public theologian The Shape of Living: Spiritual Directions for Everyday Life.

David Frank Ford (born 23 January 1948, Dublin) is an academic and public theologian. He has been the Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge since 1991. He is the founding director of the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme and a co-founder of the Society for Scriptural Reasoning. The Shape of Living: Spiritual Directions for Everyday Life.

Bibliographic Details. Title: The Shape of Living: Spiritual Directions. By all means, accept. -The Christian Century. Publisher: Baker Books. Publication Date: 2004. About the Author: David F. Ford is Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge.

A jewel of the spiritual life in its everyday manifestations. -Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale Divinity School

A jewel of the spiritual life in its everyday manifestations. -Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale Divinity School. These reflections ought to be read by laity and clergy alike, for they offer the spiritual renewal we desperately need. Gregory Jones, Duke University Divinity School. Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University, is the author and.

Shape of Living is an essential companion for us as we struggle to be most fully ourselves in God's chaotic but enthralling world. - Susan Howatch show more. Ford is Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University and Director of the Cambridge Interfaith Programme.

In an overwhelming world, how can our lives be shaped to their greatest potential? David F. Ford describes the 'overwhelmings' we face in the whirl of life today--the endless images and information that inundate us and pervade our lives. Examining the people and forces that influence us, the rhythm of work and leisure, and the intense experiences, both good and bad, that make up reality, Ford serves up practical wisdom for coping creatively with challenge and change. Above all, Ford helps us discover a dynamic pattern that can respond to the 'overwhelmings' and shape our desires, relationships, responsibilities, and celebrations. Here is a vision of genuine Christian life that can face both the living God and the best and worst of today's world.
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Brazil
Throughout the history of human existence, life has had the potential for being overwhelming. However, this potential has never been greater than in the modern Western society - despite all of our 'labour-saving' devices and a veritable explosion of courses, books, and strategies for coping and managing stress, there is more to overwhelm us than ever. We look back with nostalgia to 'simpler times' or look forward to an easier future, not realising that neither is true. Into the mix of the rough and tumble of everyday life, sometimes we are presented with an even greater overwhelming - God calls us to do something, to be something. Talk about the ultimate overwhelming!

David Ford, a noted theologian on the faculty at Cambridge University, has written a practical book aimed at those who look for a spiritual dimension in their busy lives, particularly for those who feel a call to some kind of spiritual or ministerial vocation, but also generally accessible to all who have a sense of being called and being overwhelmed at the same time. Ford, in his introduction, makes clear his general Christian orientation, but does a good job throughout of being general enough that adherents of any religious faith would find value in the text - it is not a dogmatic one by any means.

Ford begins from the standpoint of community and people - our lives might not seem so overwhelming if they were lived alone and in isolation (although some who have tried this tactic of 'getting away from it all' have had their own overwhelmings). These can be our families, friends and neighbours, as well as people in the past - those we carry with us in our interior being.

Ford addresses the call in our lives in the second chapter - what satisfies our deepest longings? What are we truly called to do in our lives? The process of discernment can be a formal process for some, and an informal process for others, but it is always there in some form if we open ourselves up to it. Ford looks at vocation in the broadest sense - our callings are not just to career and profession, but to life as a whole.

In subsequent chapters, Ford looks at overwhelmings that are good and bad, the idea of goodness generally, and various issues of how we spend our time, energy, and even information about ourselves. Can secrecy be part of this process of dealing with overwhelming? There are various disciplines discussed here.

Ford uses biblical stories as well as the poetry of Micheal O'Siadhail as primary texts, and weaves in his own experiences as well as those of others into the mix. For example, he uses the story of Noah and the ark as one way of dealing with overwhelming circumstances; he then writes that there have been many ark builders in history. Ford also explains that overwhelmings are a natural part of life - again, the example of Noah is presented here; after having survived the flood, he went on to plant a vineyard that grew grapes, which fermented, and Noah was overwhelmed by the alcohol. We may not have global, catastrophic floods with any regularity, but drunkenness is still high on the list of overwhelming issues in the world.

However, do not get the wrong impression about this book. This is not a book about morality as much as it is a book about guiding one's life in the midst of such overwhelming things in a productive and spiritually-satisfying way. This is not a 'God's little rulebook' kind of text, but rather a wide-ranging theological discussion with some practical examples and suggestions accompanying the main essay.

We use this book in the first course required of most students at my seminary - seminary is an overwhelming experience. It is worthwhile reading for each year, for students in any graduate or professional school, for students starting college, for people beginning new jobs or careers, for people beginning families, and for people generally living their lives wondering how to cope and make life spiritually more fulfilling.

Xurad
This book was written at the request of George Carey, the previous Archbishop of Canterbury, as a Lenten study. The shape of the book matches that purpose -- there are six chapters to match the six weeks of the Lenten season, and a seventh chapter that matches in theme the joy of the Easter miracle. The shape of this book in many ways parallels the scripture readings and ideas of many Lenten series. Carey provides a nice introduction (and has perhaps the longest sentence fragment I've ever read as part of that introduction, so small marks against the editing), commending the book not only to Anglican readers, but readers of all persuasions seeking greater insight into the shaping of spiritual life.

Throughout the history of human existence, life has had the potential for being overwhelming. However, this potential has never been greater than in the modern Western society - despite all of our 'labour-saving' devices and a veritable explosion of courses, books, and strategies for coping and managing stress, there is more to overwhelm us than ever. We look back with nostalgia to 'simpler times' or look forward to an easier future, not realising that neither is true. Into the mix of the rough and tumble of everyday life, sometimes we are presented with an even greater overwhelming - God calls us to do something, to be something. Talk about the ultimate overwhelming!

David Ford, a noted theologian on the faculty at Cambridge University, has written a practical book aimed at those who look for a spiritual dimension in their busy lives, particularly for those who feel a call to some kind of spiritual or ministerial vocation, but also generally accessible to all who have a sense of being called and being overwhelmed at the same time. Ford, in his introduction, makes clear his general Christian orientation, but does a good job throughout of being general enough that adherents of any religious faith would find value in the text - it is not a dogmatic one by any means.

Ford begins from the standpoint of community and people - our lives might not seem so overwhelming if they were lived alone and in isolation (although some who have tried this tactic of 'getting away from it all' have had their own overwhelmings). These can be our families, friends and neighbours, as well as people in the past - those we carry with us in our interior being.

Ford addresses the call in our lives in the second chapter - what satisfies our deepest longings? What are we truly called to do in our lives? The process of discernment can be a formal process for some, and an informal process for others, but it is always there in some form if we open ourselves up to it. Ford looks at vocation in the broadest sense - our callings are not just to career and profession, but to life as a whole.

In subsequent chapters, Ford looks at overwhelmings that are good and bad, the idea of goodness generally, and various issues of how we spend our time, energy, and even information about ourselves. Can secrecy be part of this process of dealing with overwhelming? There are various disciplines discussed here.

Ford uses biblical stories as well as the poetry of Micheal O'Siadhail as primary texts, and weaves in his own experiences as well as those of others into the mix. For example, he uses the story of Noah and the ark as one way of dealing with overwhelming circumstances; he then writes that there have been many ark builders in history. Ford also explains that overwhelmings are a natural part of life - again, the example of Noah is presented here; after having survived the flood, he went on to plant a vineyard that grew grapes, which fermented, and Noah was overwhelmed by the alcohol. We may not have global, catastrophic floods with any regularity, but drunkenness is still high on the list of overwhelming issues in the world.

However, do not get the wrong impression about this book. This is not a book about morality as much as it is a book about guiding one's life in the midst of such overwhelming things in a productive and spiritually-satisfying way. This is not a 'God's little rulebook' kind of text, but rather a wide-ranging theological discussion with some practical examples and suggestions accompanying the main essay.

We use this book in the first course required of most students at my seminary - seminary is an overwhelming experience. It is worthwhile reading for each year, for students in any graduate or professional school, for students starting college, for people beginning new jobs or careers, for people beginning families, and for people generally living their lives wondering how to cope and make life spiritually more fulfilling.

The_NiGGa
Reading this book was like listening to a wise teacher in the Christian life.

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