Seeking Spiritual Intimacy: Journeying Deeper with Medieval Women of Faith, By Glenn E. Myers

Seeking Spiritual Intimacy

Journeying Deeper with Medieval Women of Faith

by Glenn E. Myers
Foreword by James M. Houston

Seeking Spiritual Intimacy
  • Length: 220 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: April 28, 2011
  • Imprint: IVP Formatio
  • Item Code: 3551
  • ISBN: 9780830835515

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Life demands so much of us. From the moment we open our eyes till the moment we go to sleep, we're pulled in multiple directions and besieged with the white noise of a busy, busy world. We find ourselves worried and upset about many things. But only one thing is needed.

In Seeking Spiritual Intimacy Glenn Myers introduces us to the Beguines, a network of faith communities in Medieval Europe, where women organized their world around the one thing needed--a simple life with Christ at the center. Here you'll learn from the insights of wise women of faith who, from their modest homes and quiet communities, revitalized the faith of a continent.

"More than a historical look at a now-obscure movement, this is an eye-opening, heart-pricking invitation to live deeply and conscientiously now."

Jane Rubietta, speaker and critically acclaimed author of Come Closer and Come Along (

"If you hunger for adventure, desire to draw closer to the heart of God, or long for a deeper connection with God and the people in your life, pick up Glenn Myers's Seeking Spiritual Intimacy. Written with the understanding of a scholar and the spiritual insight of someone that keeps company with God, this powerfully simple book offers practical guidance to spiritual pilgrims young and old."

Michael Glerup, Eastern University, and coeditor of Ezekiel, Daniel in the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture series

"The desire for union with God is the perennial longing of the human heart. In Seeking Spiritual Intimacy, Glenn Myers takes us on a fascinating pilgrimage to the Middle Ages and shows us how the Beguines sought to express and satisfy this desire as they grappled with spiritual formation issues that are just as real for us as they were for these thirteenth-century women: faith, living in God's presence and love, community, prayer, death to self, and the struggles with trials. Myers's eminently practical and insightful book brings front and center a spiritual wisdom that rings with contemporary relevance."

Albert Haase, O.F.M., author of This Sacred Moment, Living the Lord's Prayer and Coming Home to Your True Self

"This is a book that calls us to deeper devotion. It puts us in touch with God's work in the past and allows it to speak to our present. And the lives of the Beguines, as well as Myers's retelling of their stories and applications to our lives, blaze a sure trail for us between an apathetic spirituality that is always waiting for God to act and a life of Christian activity that forgets to rely on God."

Laura J. Hunt, Criswell Theological Review

"The book sets a very high standard of personal work for the reader, but one that could only bring amazine results."

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Invitation to a Deeper Life

1 The Beguines
Believers Following Hard after God

2 Radical Faith
Mary of Oignies Takes Initiative

3 Desiring God's Presence
The Beguines Cultivate Prayer and Soak in Scripture

4 Seasons of the Soul
Beatrice of Nazareth Explores Modes of Loving God

5 Creative Community
The Beguines Model Spiritual Friendship

6 Savoring Inner Sweetness
Hadewijch Gives Invaluable Wisdom on Spiritual Experience

7 Valiant Knights and Untamed Wilderness
Hadewijch Challenges Us to Take the Risk

8 Flowing In and Out of God's Presence
Mechthild of Magdeburg Offers a Balance of Solitude and Service

9 Intimacy with the Lord
Drawing Near as Brides of Christ

10 Transformation through Trials
Mechthild Summons Us to Embrace Suffering

11 Beautiful Life of Freedom
Devout Women Share their Secret of Dying to Self

12 Lost in God's Love
The Beguines Welcome Us into the Divine Depths


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Glenn E. Myers

Glenn Myers received his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Ph.D. in church history from Boston University and has completed graduate studies in spiritual theology from Regent College. For the past ten years Dr. Myers has served on faculty at Crown College, where he provides spiritual direction to many young men in addition to teaching spiritual formation, church history, and Bible classes. Myers is a pastor and professor whose desire is to see believers deepen their encounter with the Lord and experience substantive transformation in their lives. As well as leading retreats on Lectio Divina, solitude and silence, Glenn offers a variety of courses in the history of Christian spirituality, prayer, and spiritual growth. Before coming to Minnesota, Glenn and his wife, Sharon, served four years on the mission field in Eastern Europe. In addition to walking and hiking, they enjoy traveling and studying together, often visiting sites in Europe where spiritual leaders of past centuries once walked. Glenn also enjoys wilderness camping in the Boundary Waters in the summer.