God-Soaked Life

Discovering a Kingdom Spirituality

by Chris Webb

God-Soaked Life
paperback
  • Length: 192 pages
  • Published: August 2017
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-4626-9
  • Item Code: 4626

God's presence permeates our lives and activities. His song of delight reverberates throughout all he has created. As we open our ears to that song, we hear the truth of the gospel spoken to our hearts: the kingdom of God has come to us.

Chris Webb, an Anglican priest and retreat house director, wants us all to enter into that kingdom and to experience its freedom. Written with verve, depth, and uncontainable joy, God-Soaked Life invites us to live in the reality of God's presence in our everyday lives. It's an invitation into the community of God's people, into fearless honesty about our own weaknesses and failures, into the daily experience of God through silence, Scripture, and prayer, and into a new life of love and service in the broken world around us.

God's kingdom is not far away, a remote and future promise. It is here, now.

"Chris Webb models God's beautiful call to grow as a disciple with our head and our heart, our whole bodies and our whole lives, without division or separation. His writing draws us deeper into rich wells of Christian spirituality with an undefended joy, a radical edge, and an encouraging word. Chris reminds us of the life-changing call to know we are beloved as children in Christ, held alongside the transforming call to grow into all that means in all parts of life every day. This is no microwavable, just add boiling water, spirituality-lite; this goes deeper into the things of eternal life."

Barry Hill, rector of Market Harborough, diocese of Leicester, UK

"With the eye of a poet and the heart of a pastor, Chris Webb cuts through the din and despair of modern society with a call to true discipleship: live in the embrace of a loving God and rejoice, one and all, with your whole being. I can think of no finer encouragement for women and men, and no better word of hope for the communities we share."

Samuel Rahberg, author of Enduring Ministry

"Chris Webb is the master of holy mischief and sacred disruption. He subverts our fallacious norms by rooting us deeper in the truths of Scripture and the ways of Jesus. Your heart pounds as you read this book. It pounds because of the beautiful pictures it paints. It pounds because your hunger for an eternity of great significance is exposed. Your heart pounds because as you read Chris grabs hold of your sleeve and enthusiastically pulls you breathlessly toward your soul's sure home. We can live our eternity now, and Chris Webb's God-Soaked Life makes clear the Christ path that get us there!"

Eric Leroy Wilson, author of Faith: The First Seven Lessons

"With picture-filled prose and deep insights, Chris Webb has done it again. First he illuminated the pages of Scripture with The Fire of the Word, and now he has set aglow everyday life with the light of kingdom living. This is a beautifully written and immensely important book about living life with God."

Gary W. Moon, executive director, Martin Institute and Dallas Willard Center, Westmont College

"What a special book of great depth. Drawing deep from biblical and ancient writings, Chris Webb paints an accessible and compelling vision of life today in God's kingdom."

Nathan Foster, director of community life for Renovaré, author of Wisdom Chaser and The Making of an Ordinary Saint
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CONTENTS

Prologue

1. The Invitation
God-Soaked Creation
Broken People
God's Delight
Over to You

2. Living Well
A New Heart
Love in Everything
Soul Healing
Over to You

3. Honesty in Relationship
The Truth Deep Within
Play-Actors
Confessions
Over to You

4. Close to the Father's Heart
Longing of the Heart
Intimacy and Separation
The Journey into God
Over to You

5. God in Everyday Life
God in All Things
Learning to See
Learning Attentiveness
Over to You

6. Creating Community
Love Without Borders
The Great Commission
Learning Love in Gentleness
Over to You: Scripture and Reflection

7. The Politics of Love
Against the Darkness
Glorious Possibilities
The Kingdom Today
Over to You

Epilogue
Acknowledgments

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Chris Webb is an Anglican priest, author, and speaker passionate about helping people experience a richer walk with God by growing in prayer and the spiritual life. He is author of The Fire of the Word and he serves as deputy warden at Launde Abbey and diocesan spirituality adviser to the Diocese of Leicester.

Previously, Chris served as president of Renovaré USA and as a faculty member of the Renovaré Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation. He has ministered in a wide variety of churches, including Welsh parishes in urban and rural settings, and a church for the homeless. Chris lives in Leicestershire, England, with his wife and four children.

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