Books


“A new book by Ruth Haley Barton never disappoints!”  - David Benner


 
 
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Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership

I'm tired of helping others enjoy God―I just want to enjoy God for myself. With this painful admission, Ruth Haley Barton invites us to an honest exploration of what happens when spiritual leaders lose track of their souls. Weaving together contemporary illustrations with penetrating insight from the life of Moses, each chapter includes a spiritual practice to ensure your soul gets the nourishment it needs. Forging and maintaining a life-giving connection with God is the best choice you can make for yourself and for those you lead. This expanded edition of the bestseller includes a new appendix, How Is It with Your Soul? An Assessment for Leaders, plus a flexible six or twelve-week discussion guide for groups.

 
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Invitation to Retreat

There has never been a time when the invitation to retreat is so radical and so relevant, so needed and so welcome. When Jesus invited his disciples to “Come away with me and rest awhile" he was inviting them to just be with him, to rest in him, and to give him their full and undivided attention. This is our invitation as well.  When we choose retreat, we make a generous investment in our friendship with God. And the truth is, we are not always generous with ourselves where God is concerned. We may incorporate regular times of solitude and silence into the rhythm of our ordinary lives, which may mean we give God twenty minutes here and half an hour there. And there’s no question we are better for it! But we need more; indeed, we long for more. The yearning for retreat: Can you feel it? That is your invitation to the More your soul is longing for. 

 
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Life to Together in Christ

Community is one of the most over-promised, under-delivered aspects of the Christian life today!  Have you joined a church or small group in hopes of experiencing real life change, only to be disappointed? Individuals remain selfish and stuck in their ways. Communities become spiritually lifeless or even fall apart because we don't know how to experience transformation together. Transforming community does not come primarily from listening to inspiring preaching or adding another church program. It emerges as we embrace a shared commitment to the attitudes, practices and behaviors that open us to Christ in our midst. And that's where Life Together in Christ comes in.

 
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Pursuing God's Will Together

If we are not pursuing God’s will together in fairly intentional ways, what are we doing? Meetings can sap our energy, rupture community and thoroughly demoralize us. They can go on forever with no resolution. Or they can rush along without consensus just to "get through the agenda." What if there was another way? Church boards and other Christian leadership teams have long relied on models adapted from the business world. Ruth Haley Barton, founder of the Transforming Center, helps teams transition to a much more suitable model―a spiritual community that discerns God's will together. In these pages you will discover personal and group practices that will lead you into a new way of experiencing community and discerning God's will together.

 
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Sacred Rhythms

A way of life that works—how bad do you want it? Do you long for deep, fundamental change in your life with God? Do you desire greater intimacy with God? Do you wonder how you might truly live your life as God created you to live it? Spiritual disciplines are activities that open us to God's transforming love and the changes that only God can bring about in our lives. Picking up on the monastic tradition of creating a "rule of life" that allows for regular space for the practice of the spiritual disciplines, this book takes you more deeply into understanding seven key disciplines along with practical ideas for weaving them into everyday life. Each chapter includes exercises to help you begin the practices--individually and in a group context.  The choice to establish your own sacred rhythm is the most important choice you can make with your life. Bestseller and winner of the Logos Book Award. 

 
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Invitation to Solitude and Silence

There has to be more to the spiritual life than this!  So much of our faith and practice is about words―preaching, teaching, talking with others. Yet words often fail to take us into an experience of the real presence of God where we can hear his voice. We are starved for mystery, to know God as One who is totally Other. We are starved for intimacy, to see and feel and know God in the very cells of our being. We are starved for rest, to know God beyond what we can do for him.  We are starved for quiet, to hear the sound of sheer silence that is the very presence of God. This book is an invitation to move beyond words to solitude and silence. Will you say yes? Includes a guide for groups to use both in discussing the content and in learning to practice silence together. Winner of a Christianity Today Book Award (Spirituality).

 
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Longing for More

In the quiet places of your heart, do you find yourself yearning for something more? Many Christian women, if we are honest, feel discontented about aspects of our lives. Some long to be married, while others long to escape from marriage. Some of us struggle with our roles in the church, wondering why God would give us gifts that are not allowed to flourish. Some of us feel we have no voice. Others of us have no idea what we would say if we did. What lies underneath all our confusion is a longing for freedom―not the freedom to do as we please, but the freedom to discover our full identity in Christ and use our gifts to serve God.