A Serious Call to a Contemplative Life-Style by Glenn Hinson
A Book study Facilitated by L. Lee Whitlock
Summary of Course and Objective:
This course is not about contemplative activities; rather it will help us develop a contemplative lifestyle. The Apostle Paul says in I Thessalonians 5:
14 And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the faint-hearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. 15 See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
We are not seeking to become monks; instead we will learn together how to “be contemplative without ceasing.” Dr. Hinson says in his book:
As such it is essentially a book about problems rather than about answers. It does not contain a handful of easy solutions for any problem of spirituality or devotion. What I hope is that it will send you groping…in the direction in which some answers may lie. (p. 12)
I am not a contemplative guru. I asked to facilitate this course to help fulfill my own learning objectives:
- To learn together with you how each of us can be a more contemplative caregiver
- To learn to identify opportunities for being contemplative
- To overcome obstacles in seeking a contemplative lifestyle.
- Chapter 1 “The Problems of Devotion in the Space Age”
- Chapter 2 “God’s Place in the Picture”
- Chapter 3 “Devotion in Our Activities”
- Chapter 4 “The Contemplative Style”
- Chapter 5 “The Simplification of Life”
- Chapter 6 “Aids to Meaningful Devotion
(Note: Dr. Hinson’s book came out in 1974 and is out of print, but I found several copies available on Amazon. (https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=a+serious+call+to+a+contemplative+life-style) A Google search showed several other venues with available copies.
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