Last September a friend of mine went on a spiritual retreat of silence. After spending the summer with my very exuberant children, a silent retreat sounded like heaven itself. When I saw the personal retreat guide entitled: Living in the Companionship of God by Jan Johnson, I knew it could be my sanity saver this summer. The premise of this book is to answer the question “Is it possible to live in God’s companionship all day long?” Through chapters (called conversations) such as: God as companion of my soul, pleading with God, weeping with God, thanking and celebrating with God, and going on adventures with God, the answer to that question is a resounding YES.
The introduction outlines what a retreat is and is not, and gives many suggestions to ensure a successful time apart. Each chapter/conversation can be used as a mini-retreat and has the same format for consistency. The conversations begin with Opening to God’s Message, followed by Immersed In, Responding To, and Resting With God’s Message. A prayer by Dietrich Bonhoeffer is given before the scripture reading in each chapter and closes with a stanza of The Breastplate of St. Patrick. The author encourages the reader to interact, engage and personalize the Scriptures, and there are several opportunities to see a particular passage from different perspectives. Questions guide the reader to help focus on his or her own situation in relation to the text, and is strongly encouraged to “park” in a spot if it resonates before moving on.
I eagerly look forward to putting this book to use this summer when a few hours of peace and reflection will do me and my children a world of good.
I give this book 4 stars out 5.
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