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Title:
Dancing in the desert : spiritual refreshment for your parched soul
Author:
Crockett, Marsha, 1957-
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Publication Information:
Downers Grove, Ill. : InterVarsity Press, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
159 pages ; 21 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Contentment--in the desert of desire -- Rest--in the desert of weariness -- Identity--in the desert of confusion -- Longing for the light--in the desert of darkness -- Renewal--in the desert of loss -- Intimacy--in the desert of loneliness -- Victory--in the desert of trials -- The sacred--in the desert of routines -- Resurrection--in the desert of death.
ISBN:
9780830823840
Format :
Book

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"I've been a desert dweller most of my life, living in Arizona. I know how to endure the heat. I know not to go outdoors without my SPF lotion. . . . But none of my practical knowledge prepared me to face the spiritual desert where I lived for a year," writes Marsha Crockett.The variety of life circumstances that left Crockett in a spiritual desert are the same ones you may have experienced: disappointment, weariness, crisis, discontentment, selfishness, confusion, death and waiting. Perhaps you still feel buried by sand, wondering if you'll ever see light or feel the cool breeze of God's breath.Marsha did. And she wrote this book to help other desert-dwellers find their way back to God. You'll be encouraged by reading her story and reflecting on similar stories of biblical characters. Journaling ideas and spiritual exercises highlighted in "Rest Stops" included within each chapter will help you draw close to God. You may even find, as Crockett did, that the desert can be a joyful place.Come then, and learn to dance in the midst of your desert.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this truly refreshing book, Crockett (Weaving a Life of Prayer) guides readers through reflections on many difficult areas of life-loss, trials, confusion, loneliness and even weariness and fatigue. Unlike other authors who have attempted to navigate this harsh landscape, Crockett avoids simply giving up (no "Life is pain. You're a sinner. Get used to it.") or handing out simplistic answers (no "Just believe that God will help you and watch your trials turn to gold!"). For each area of "desert" she offers a biblical hope, and help with integrating that hope during the desert times of our lives. She also provides some marvelous imagery: "[God] waits to strike a holy match to ignite our lives with his passion, but few are willing to open their hearts and turn the tiny flicker toward God's consuming fire. Instead we want to control our own flame." The book is interactive, offering many "rest stops" with questions for reflection, and frequently encouraging the reader to pause and reflect on relevant Scripture passages. It will have great appeal as a devotional/journaling companion; an appendix contains excellent direction for those interested in journaling. Also very appealing is the author's frequent use of passages from well-known devotional writers, such as Brother Lawrence, Eugene Peterson, Teresa of Avila, Henri Nouwen and Amy Carmichael. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Contentment . . . in the Desert of Desire
2 Rest . . . in the Desert of Weariness
3 Identity . . . in the Desert of Confusion
4 Light . . . in the Desert of Darkness
5 Renewal . . . in the Desert of Loss
6 Intimacy . . . in the Desert of Loneliness
7 Victory . . . in the Desert of Trials
8 The Sacred . . . in the Desert of Routines
9 Resurrection . . . in the Desert of Death
Epilogue
Appendix Journaling the Journey
Notes