Opening the Window

Sabbath Meditations

Leaf Seligman

Insightful and engaging Sabbath Meditations
Date Published :
September 2011
Publisher :
Bauhan Publishing
Language:
English
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9780872331488
Pages : 232
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$16.50

Overview
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Why do we do what we do? What happens as a result? How do we make sense of, and find meaning in, our lives and in the world that contains us? How do we render wholeness out of brokenness, creating mosaics of beauty and functionality from the rent pieces of our lives? This collection of Sabbath meditations invites readers to inhabit the questions with intention and joy. With a pastor's sensibility, a writer's lyricism, and a generous heart, Leaf Seligman invokes poetry, thinking from diverse spiritual traditions, and stories from her own walk through life to grapple with enduring religious themes and contemporary challenges. It is the preacher's responsibility to be of use, to choose words with great care, and open the window so spirit can move in and out, she writes in her afterword. Indeed, these meditations the words themselves and their call to a more fully understood, more deeply felt life resonate long after the bookmark is tucked into place and the covers closed. Read them slowly and deliberately. Let them be your company as you journey through the Sabbath and into the week.

About The Author
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Leaf Seligman began writing as a child in Tennessee. She graduated from the writing program at the University of New Hampshire, where she taught for thirteen years before pursuing pastoral ministry. A decade later, she happily returned to a writing-centered life in rural New Hampshire. In college, work, community, and prison settings, Seligman engages people with writing as a way to foster authenticity, deepen connection, and explore what matters.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Introduction
KEEP KNOCKING
Truth on my Lips
The Virtue of Disappointment
Reclaiming Sin
Why Universalism Still Matters
Of Shoes and the Sacred
Lessons from Haiti
Food Democracy
A Meditation on Memorial Day
THE JOY INSIDE
The Call to Joy
What is Worth Pursuing?
On Being Found
The Days of Awe
Roses of Guadalupe
Communion
Under the Tent
On Death and Being
COME TO THE WINDOW
Holy Disruption
To Be of Use
Cultivating Faith
With New Eyes and Ears
Of Advent and Uncertainty
Little Boxes
Another Way
Evolution of Ideas
LOOK TO SEE WHO IS THERE
An Act of the Recklessly Generous Heart
Beyond Acceptance into Welcome
Freedom from Constraint
The Burden of Cain
What is Next?
Rising Again
The Missing Years
Wandering in the Wilderness
Afterword: Some Thoughts on Preaching
Acknowledgments

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