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God wants to have meaningful conversations with us. Draw deeper into this amazing relationship with the One who loves you.
Get away from it all with God. This unique retreat guide can help direct your thoughts to the underlying needs of your soul. Ideal for one- or three-day personal or group retreats.
• 7 self-contained sessions
Living in the Companionship of God
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Yearning for a personal retreat with God?
Do you long to spend quality time with God? Did you know that God desires to have meaningful conversations with us? Through the gift of prayer, we can commune with God any time and anywhere. Sometimes we just need to get away to a lonely place by ourselves and God and spend some quality time in His presence. This can be difficult if you don’t know where to begin or what to do.
Jan Johnson, an author, speaker, spiritual director and retreat leader, has written “Living in the Companionship of God”, a personal retreat guide, designed to ignite a passion and desire for God and teach you to live life in the daily companionship of Christ. She offers seven conversations that can be used over the course of a weekend or taken more slowly a day at a time. Each conversation can be revisited as many times as you want and can be used in a group retreat or a solitary one.
This is not just a book you will read. It is a book you will use over and over and over again. You will discover a new relationship with God and with yourself. You will find a more fulfilling way to communicate with God and will grow in your walk with Him. It definitely won’t be put on a shelf to gather dust.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
4/18/2011 7:37:32 AM
A Date with You and God
This book is designed to be a guide to a personal or small group retreat. It uses scripture, techniques and questions to invite the reader into a real quiet time and relationship with God. This is not a meditation reference or mantra. Instead, the author uses scripture to ignite the power of the Holy Spirit and open our eyes to the realness of God. Each section contains a story from the Bible where God speaks to the point. Whether it is weeping in prayer or needing comfort, God is with us. We just need to remember that and actually talk to Him and not at Him.
I enjoyed this book. The author carefully chose a few topics to focus on: making conversational prayer with God ongoing, celebrating with Him, going on adventures, and a few more. These topics address real needs in the Christian walk. So often, we forget that our God wants a relationship with us. How awesome it is that we can approach our creator in love.
I would recommend this book for self-led retreats. I think the hardest thing about the book would be to convince yourself the time by yourself with God is worth the sacrifice. Still, He is, right?
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
3/7/2011 9:26:20 AM
You may go to church, read your Bible, and give your tithe, but do you have a working relationship with God? Speaker and author Jan Johnson poses this question and more in her retreat guide Living in the Companionship of God. She says that God wants to "have meaningful conversations with us, weep with us, celebrate with us, and be our soul's companion. To help us move towards this ideal, she wrote a book that can be used during a personal or group retreat or even our personal quiet time. The first chapter discuses the question of why retreat? Other sections touch topics such as pleading with God, thanking God, weeping with God, and more.
Jan Johnson is an experienced writer with nineteen books and thousands of Bible studies to her name. She has spoken at retreats and conferences. Johnson holds degrees in in Christian Education and Spiritual Direction.
I was not able to take a retreat, so I used this book during my quiet time. I do think it would be better for a retreat or any period of time when the reader is certain to not be interrupted. Johnson gives many opportunities to reflect and meditate on what has been read as well as chances to write. She is quite firm in her belief that the reader needs time to process what is learned/experienced. I believe this book is a great tool for such surroundings. Realizing that God desires to spend time with us, not just have a token of our time here and there is amazing. He wants us to come to Him with our joys and our sorrows as we would a friend. He is here to protect and comfort us as such, but more so because of who He is. Whether you're looking to enrich your personal quiet time or taking a longer retreat, this is a very good tool.
2/27/2011 3:50:13 PM
One Day Retreat
I have been on a retreat and found this book to be a perfect guide for a personal retreat, possibly small groups, home Bible study groups, and of course, church retreats. Use it as a guide to get closer to God. There are six sessions laid out for you with an introduction. This book can be completed in one day.
Background information such as word meanings and settings are given for each scripture passage. The closing for each session includes the same prayer. Questions and prompts are given with a space for readers to respond.
This is the first book of Jan Johnson's I have reviewed, I like her style and you can tell she has experienced a close relationship with God.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
2/16/2011 8:16:30 AM
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Living in Companionship of God by Jan Johnson
Living in Companionship of God by Jan Johnson is a personal retreat guide.
It is comprised of six mini retreats that are all laid out for you. The format for each session is generally the same and include:
A brief introduction
A passage you are to say before staring. The passage is taken from Life Together by Dietich Bonhoeffer. The same passage is used for each retreat.
A passage of scripture (usually NIV version) The same passage is printed in the text and reviewed three times .
Background info which varies but includes things such as settings, meaning of words and cautions .
Closing remarks vary but each include the same prayer, taken from a stanza from the Breastplate of St Patrick.
Each chapter ends the same suggestions for enjoying the life God gave you.
I have never been on a retreat so the idea of a guide for a personal retreat was intriguing to me. I was hoping the book would have general guidelines, tips and suggestion for putting together your own retreat. The intro briefly touched on this. The book however had suggested laid out instructions for what you should read, do, say, write etc, during what appeared to me to just be a type of daily devotions. I loved an analogy she gave about spending time with the Lord, but besides this I really didn’t get anything out of this book. It may meet a need someone has but it’s not anything I’d recommend to someone myself.
I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
2/8/2011 2:17:10 PM