Journey Homeward: Stages Along the Way

Journey Homeward: Stages Along the Way

by Michael Braswell

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There are stages we find ourselves experiencing along our way to God. Mystery, a sense of new beginning, crossroad experiences, suffering, and transcendence are stages that challenge us time and again as we search for a closer relationship with the one we seek. Our pilgrimage is not linear but more of a spiral toward God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781725240025
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 06/13/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 98
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Michael Braswell is Professor Emeritus at East Tennessee State University. His previous books include Interview with Joab, God’s Scoundrels and Misfits with Clemens Bartollas, An Unholy Alliance: The Sacred and Modern Sport with Robert J. Higgs, and Morality Stories with Joycelyn Pollock and Scott Braswell.
Michael Braswell is Professor Emeritus at East Tennessee State University. A former prison psychologist and licensed therapist, he has taught courses on human relations, correctional counseling, ethics, and social justice, as well as a film course on themes of justice. He has published books on ethics, social justice, counseling, and the spiritual journey, as well as two novels and three short story collections.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments iv

Foreword vii

1 Experiencing The Mystery 1

The Mystery of the Paradox 2

Asking Questions 5

Parables and Mystery 8

The Mystery of Love 10

Endnotes 13

2 Beginning the Journey 14

In The Beginning 16

Many Voices 19

The Discipline of the Spirit 21

Meditation 24

More on the Questioning Heart 26

Endnotes 28

3 Chosen Paths 29

The Fire from Within 31

Intentions As Choices 33

The Way of Commitment 34

Critical Choosing 36

Children of the Flesh, Children of the Spirit 41

The Pathway Continues 42

Endnotes 42

4 Seeking and Suffering 44

Doubt and Despair 45

Suffering and Evil: The Case of Job 47

The Bridge of Compassion 50

The Problem of Evasion 51

From Suffering to Significance 55

Endnotes 57

5 The Search for Something More 58

A Compassionate Vision 59

The Mirror of Illusion 62

The Search for Truth 65

Endnotes 69

6 The Practice of Prayer 70

Speaking Prayer and Listening Prayer 71

Petitional Prayer 72

Intercessory Prayer 73

Confessional Prayer 74

Prayer of Praise or Thanksgiving 74

The Prayer of Quiet 75

The Holy Spirit as Guide 79

Endnotes 82

7 Coming Home 83

The Witness 84

Reconciliation and Synthesis 86

The Prodigal Returns 89

Endnotes 90

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