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Soulful Spirituality : Becoming Fully Alive and Deeply Human - David G. PhD Benner

Soulful Spirituality

Becoming Fully Alive and Deeply Human

Paperback Published: 1st March 2011
ISBN: 9781587432972
Number Of Pages: 206

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"David Benner offers us a masterpiece of understanding and guidance for mature, fully alive human living. The profound and fiercely honest human and spiritual wisdom found here will leave the reader more in touch with both the impediments to full human aliveness and the possibilities of such aliveness, which are aided by the many concrete spiritual practices that he offers. He challenges our settling for a narrow, repressed way of life and spirituality and calls us to become more truly alive in every dimension of our being: body, soul, and spirit."---TILDEN EDWARDS, founder and senior fellow, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Washington, DC

"David Benner has done it again! In this profound, highly readable book that plumbs the depths, he integrates his impressive gifts in psychology and theology with his own lived spirituality as a lifelong seeker. To immerse oneself in Soulful Spirituality is the next best thing to sitting down with him for a transforming, intimate, and enlivening conversation."---MARGARET GUENTHER, professor emerita of ascetical theology and former director of the Center for Christian Spirituality, General Theological Seminary

"I believe this will be David Benner's most important book. Some will find it controversial. But many more, I believe, will find it hope- and life-giving. Soulful Spirituality moves the reader beyond beliefs and practices to the discovery of the rich resources of an in-bodied Christian spirituality, resources for helping you become the unique and whole human being you were intended to be."---Gary W. Moon, vice president and integration chair, Richmont Graduate University; author, Apprenticeship with Jesus

"Someone needed to write this book and I'm glad it was David Benner. His wise, incisive, and winsome style makes unsettling truth easier to receive and challenges to the status quo profoundly liberating."---Ruth Haley Barton, founder, Transforming Center; author, Sacred Rhythms and Invitation to Solitude and Silence

Prefacep. xi
The Challenge of Becoming Fully Human
The Struggle to Be Fully Alivep. 3
Being Spiritual, Being Humanp. 4
Toxic Spiritualityp. 5
Being a Good Christian Is Not Enoughp. 7
The Glory of Being Fully Alivep. 10
The Value of an Accurate Diagnosisp. 12
Starting Where You Arep. 12
Our Restless Heartsp. 15
The Spirituality of Desirep. 17
Managing the Unquenchable Firep. 18
Life-Enhancing Spiritualityp. 21
What Is Spirituality?p. 23
Assessing Your Actual Spiritualityp. 25
Understanding Our Humanityp. 27
What Makes Us Human?p. 28
Dust and Breathp. 30
Lightness and Mysteryp. 31
The Spirituality of Being and Becomingp. 32
Becoming Fully Humanp. 34
Choosing Lifep. 36
The Path to Becoming Fully Human
Living with Spirit and Soulp. 41
Spirit as Fire in the Bellyp. 43
Soul as the Womb of Experiencep. 44
The Journeys of Spirit and Soulp. 46
Soulful Livingp. 47
Longing and Belongingp. 50
Soulful Spiritualityp. 51
Living Soulfully and Spirituallyp. 52
The Spiritual Nature of the Human Journeyp. 54
Stages of the Journeyp. 55
The Original Selfp. 56
From We to Mep. 57
Ego and Selfp. 58
Egocentricityp. 60
The Crisisp. 62
Transformationp. 64
Reflecting on the Journeyp. 65
Deep Religion and Healthy Spiritualityp. 67
Religion and Spiritualityp. 67
Deep Religionp. 68
Deep Religion and Soulful Spiritualityp. 69
Loving Relationshipsp. 72
Faith and Belongingp. 73
Transcendent Meaningp. 74
Taking Stockp. 76
Embodied Spiritualityp. 78
The Body Selfp. 78
Primal Alienationp. 80
The Emotional Selfp. 82
Our Sexual Selfp. 83
Integrated Sexualityp. 84
Sexuality and Spiritualityp. 86
The Religious Context of Sexualityp. 88
Being an Embodied Selfp. 89
Grounding Spirituality in the Bodyp. 90
Spiritual Practices for the Human Journey
Awarenessp. 95
Learning to Pay Attentionp. 97
Mindfulnessp. 99
The Present Momentp. 101
Breath as the Meeting of Body, Spirit, and Soulp. 102
The Gifts of Presencep. 104
Being Awarep. 105
Wonderp. 108
The Enchanted Worldp. 109
Wonder and Reverencep. 111
Befriending Mysteryp. 112
The Transformation of the Ordinaryp. 114
The Gifts of Wonderp. 116
Cultivating Wonderp. 117
Othernessp. 120
Encountering Othernessp. 121
Managing the Threat of the Otherp. 122
Strangers, Monsters, and Godsp. 124
Tourists and Discoverersp. 125
Hospitalityp. 125
Dialoguep. 127
Ultimate Othernessp. 129
Honoring Othernessp. 130
Realityp. 133
Seduced by Illusionp. 134
The Journey of Descentp. 135
Living with Authenticityp. 137
Listening to Our Lifep. 139
Holding the Tensionsp. 141
Embracing Realityp. 142
Presencep. 145
Presence and Absencep. 145
Stillness, Silence, and Solitudep. 146
Desire and Stillnessp. 148
Meditation as Presencep. 149
Letting Gop. 151
The Soul's Aurap. 152
Practicing Soulful Presencep. 153
Surrenderp. 156
The Illusion of Controlp. 157
The Religious Core of Addictionp. 159
Inner Nonresistancep. 160
Daring to Welcome Lifep. 161
Blessings and Misfortunesp. 162
Welcoming Prayerp. 164
The Spirituality of Letting Gop. 165
Choosing Surrenderp. 166
Epilogue: Being at Onep. 169
Acknowledgmentsp. 173
Notesp. 177
Indexp. 185
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ISBN: 9781587432972
ISBN-10: 1587432978
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 206
Published: 1st March 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.51 x 14.38  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.25