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Publication Date: 21 Jul 2016
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Words: 35000
Page Count: 176
Author: Mark Yaconelli
ISBN-13: 9780281076505, 9780281076512

Disappointment, Doubt and Other Spiritual Gifts

Reflections On Life And Ministry
By Mark Yaconelli
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ISBN: 9780281076512
An honest, heartfelt and ultimately deeply hopeful collection of stories and reflections on the author's own woeful inability to be the perfect Christian. Acclaimed Christian writer and speaker Mark Yaconelli talks of his own failures and disappointments in Christian life and ministry, in order to offer others hope for the future.
From the preface: 'We fall in holes. Plans fall apart. Dreams die. Faith disappers. Suffering is real. We need help to recalibrate our lives back to our compassionate, God-trusting selves. Often we need safe, creative space and trusted companions in order to move through painful and disorienting experiences. My hope is that the chapters in this book might provide that same creative companionship ... What I'm offering are stories, personal experiences, honest reflections and practices that might help you move out of the hurt and disappointment for a moment and remember your deeper capacities for love and generosity. These are the same stories and practices that have helped me to receive my own failings and sufferings as spiritual gifts.'
About the Author
Mark Yaconelli is a popular writer, speaker and retreat leader in the US and UK. His book Contemplative Youth Ministry broke no ground in introducing spiritual disciplines and practices into the world of youth work. Mark is currently the executive director of The Hearth, an organisation that produces storytelling events that enable communities and individuals to develop deeper relationships and cultivate compassion. He was previously director of the Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project at San Francisco Theological Seminary. He lives with his wife and three children in Oregon.

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