Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God's Transforming Presence
by Ruth Haley Barton
From The Top 10 on our list of The Best Christian Books for Spiritual Growth
Note from Daniel: This book is a treasure. Each time I return to it, I am gently invited more deeply into the kind of life with God that I really want.
Much of our faith and practice is about words—preaching, teaching, talking with others. Yet all of these words are not enough to take us into the real presence of God where we can hear his voice. This book is an invitation to you to meet God deeply and fully outside the demands and noise of daily life. It is an invitation to solitude and silence.
The beauty of a true invitation is that we really do have a choice about embarking on this adventure. God extends the invitation, but he honors our freedom and will not push himself where he is not wanted. Instead, he waits for us to respond from the depths of our desire. Will you say yes?
This expanded edition includes a guide for groups to use both in discussing the book content and in learning to practice silence together.