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Title:  Coffeehouse Contemplative: Spiritual Direction for the Everyday Author:   Jeffrey A. Nelson Series:  Intersections: Theology and the Church Imprint:  NoesisPress/The Davies Group, Publishers soft cover 168 pp. USD  24.00 ISBN 978-1934542552 2016 Coffeehouse Contemplative: Spirituality for the Everyday, through anecdote, engagement with scripture, theological reflection, and practical application, explores a definition of spirituality for those who are either unclear about the term’s meaning, or haven’t considered it despite a lifetime of religious participation. Over the course of this book, the reader will be introduced to a variety of thinkers including Ignatius of Loyola, Brother Lawrence, Karl Rahner, and Teresa of Avila. Their writings and traditions will help shape a definition of spirituality as seeking a deeper connection with God and understanding of self, wherever we are and in whatever we do. To encourage further consideration of the subject matter, each chapter will include a list of questions for reflection in an individual or group context. Contents Foreword by John C. Dorhauer Acknowledgments Chapter 1 — Introduction Companionship for the Journey; An Overview of What Follows; Questions for Reflection Chapter 2 — Drip Grind Sacrament A Word Needing a Definition;  On the Road and at the Table: Luke 24; It’s All Spiritual; Questions for Reflection Chapter 3 — A God of Reckless Forgiveness Naming Our Images; Jesus, the Image of God; Images Influence Awareness; Questions for Reflection Chapter 4 — Meeting Ourselves Again The Role of Our Own Experience; Breathing Freely; Done with False Narratives; Questions for Reflection Chapter 5 — Beginning to Listen Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak; Using Our Imagination; Seeing the Place, Seeing Ourselves; Questions for Reflection Chapter 6 — Propane Altars and Dishwasher Shrines Lifting the Veil; Coffeehouse Contemplative; Questions for Reflection Index Author Jeffrey A. Nelson is ordained in the United Church of Christ. He has served in various capacities on the Church and Ministry department of the UCC’s Eastern Ohio Association, and has served on the National Planning Team of the UCC 2030 Clergy Network, including as its co-moderator. He is a certified spiritual director through the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University and has led multiple workshops and personal retreats related to spirituality and prayer in these capacities. Published work includes contributions to devotional titles such as Ordinary Time Year B: Devotions from June to November (St. Thursday), and An (un)Common Book of Hours – Advent Christmas Epiphany Year A (Peter Watkins). He also contributed prayers and commentary to From the Psalms to the Cloud (Pilgrim).
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