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Brennan Manning shows why and how to spend time with God. Includes an eight-day retreat guide.
The most reliable guides of spiritual formation pinpoint solitude and silence as central to the spiritual life. Now Brennan Manning—in his honest, original, and winning way—shares from his own experiences to prompt you into the riches of spending time alone with God at rest in His presence.
Souvenirs of Solitude is a genuine appeal for you to find rest in God as you develop a lifestyle of worship and surrender. Discover the peace that comes with a relationship with the Almighty.
Includes an eight-day retreat guide that provides stimulating promptings for your own meditation during solitude.
Souvenirs of Solitude
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Souveneirs of Solitude
Souveneirs of Solitude is a book of devotional thoughts by Brennan Manning, author of the The Ragamuffin Gospel. I must admit as a reviewer it was somewhat difficult to speed through this book. It wasn’t that it was difficult to read or that it was theologically demanding. Manning has provided some good devotional thoughts, but I felt as though there was no order to them. It would be a nice book to pick up from time to reflect on something Manning has to say, instaed of trying to digest it in the span of a few days.
Each chapter contains one devotional thought and a prayer. The devotional’s subjects vary from chapter to chapter. One moment you are reading about the Eucharist and the next you are reading about Christmas. I found most of the devotionals to be beneficial, but not connected in any way. I enjoyed the prayers at the end of each chapter. In my life I have known people are who are good at praying. They just seem to be able to talk to God better than others. I believe we can learn some things from these people. Manning is an individual who is very much at ease when he talks to God. It is something that probably comes naturally to him. His prayers are a blessing to those who read them. Manning’s book is not for everyone, but if you are looking for a devotional book to keep around the house and reflect on from time to time it may be just what you are looking for.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Navpress as part of their book review program for bloggers. 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.
5/3/2010 11:01:44 AM
Good for Quiet Time Momments
When you think of a souvenir, it’s about things, mementos or paraphernalia that means to you a lot.
This is exactly what the book is all about, a series of remembrances written in the late 1970’s according to the author. But it’s message and content is still relevant to this day and age.
Each chapter contains thought provoking essays about the Christian life. The writer deals with a variety of topics such as the importance of prayer, penance,forgiveness among others.
Each written in vivid recounts and human emotions captured into words inviting you to meditate in God’s word in solitude.
The author’s style of writing reminds me so much of another good Christian writer such as Max Lucado.
Aside from bible verses there were well written prayers at the end of each chapter by Sue Garmon.
This is great gift book for those who want to spend time alone with God in the comforts of your home or can be read during “break time” at the office. Although it’s structured kind of writing is more targeted in matured or older adults.
This book also comes in handy whenever despair or loneliness strikes you as it offers words of encouragement and Christian growth.
Note: Book reviewer is from the Philippines
4/29/2010 3:59:46 AM
Souvenirs of Solitude by Brennan Manning
Manning’s book, Souvenirs of Solitude is a collection of personal ‘souvenirs’ which Manning acquired by spending time alone in the presence of God. Brennan Manning’s insights are thoughtful and thought-provoking. Each chapter’s topic always manages to get the reader to think about his or hers personal experiences with God and the subject without failing to tell Brennan’s story. Souvenirs of Solitude encourages the reader to spend their own time alone with God and collect their own ‘souvenirs’, yet manages to do it in a way that doesn’t seem demanding. The book closes with an Eight-Day Retreat for the Reader.
I found Souvenirs of Solitude to be a beautifully written and inspiring memoir. I truly enjoyed reading it. The book stimulated my mind in a positive manner which made me think about my own time alone with God (or lack of it), and managed to make that a number-one priority with myself. In addition, the prayers at the end of each chapter were so honest and real that I was brought to tears at the truth of what they were saying. Yet another part of the book that spurred tears from my eyes were the stories Manning incorporated into the book. In conclusion, Souvenirs of Solitude was a beautiful collection of inspiring stories of Manning’s alone time with God.
Thank you to NavPress for providing me with this book to review!
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."
- Review by Kady Garrett
4/6/2010 3:18:11 PM
Much better than I thought it would be
Souvenirs of Solitude are selections taken from Brennan Manning’s personal journals/reflections over the years. Many focus on the theme of needing to consciously set aside time to seek out and meditate on God, since there are few culturally built in silences anymore. Other selections focus on how God can be seen and experienced at the most seemingly unlikely places (airport, poverty) if we just look for Him. There are 21 short (4 – 5 pages) chapters, each of which includes a prayer written by Sue Garmon.
I wasn’t sure I would like this book. Devotion type books can be so lame and ‘fluffy’. Not this one. I was challenged and comforted by each selection long after I had finished reading. I particularly liked the inclusion of so many quotes from other writers/philosophers. I did not think I would like the inclusion of Miss Garmon’s prayers at the end of each chapter, but they ended up being my favorite part. Each one captured the spirit of Manning’s reflection in a unique and creative way. Another feature I almost overlooked was the 16 page appendix with guidelines and reading for an 8 day retreat. It seemed do-able and practical.
A simple concept. A compelling read. Very well done.
I received a complementary copy of Souvenirs of Solitude for review purposes from NavPress. No other compensation was received.
4/2/2010 4:12:45 PM
FInding Rest in Abba's Embrace
Souvenirs of Solitude by Brennan Manning was originally published in 1979, but I can understand why they decided to re-release it. The principles are fresh and new even 30 years later. As a long-time fan of Brennan Manning, I have always read about his spiritual retreats and longed to go to one. I can honestly say that after reading this book I feel like I have been given a taste of that opportunity....and it was awesome!
Each chapter deals with a separate subject, and although I read it in one sitting, I intend to re-read it one chapter at a time to allow myself to really meditate on each truth, or souvenir, as the author calls them. Also at the end there is an eight day retreat guide that I will be using in my personal devotional time this week. The entire book will make a great devotional guide.
When I tell someone about a book like this I always like to give a favorite quote or passage to share. You know, one of those special moments where a spark goes off in my heart. Reading this book, I marked so many passages to share that I'm restraining myself from re-typing the entire book, so I will be strong and share just this one part from Chapter 3,
"In the final analysis, the real challenge of Christian growth is personal responsibility. The Spirit of Jesus calls out a second time. Are you going to take charge of your life today? Are you going to be responsible for what you do? Are you going to hope not because people say you should hope, but because you are confident of vindication? Are you going to love not because it is a commandment, but because it is a joy?.......What we do about the Lordship of Jesus is a better indication of our faith than what we think. What the world longs for from the Christian faith is the witness of men and women daring enough to be different, humble enough to make mistakes, wild enough to be burnt in the fire of love, real enough to make others see how unreal they are."
What can I say about this book? I found myself on these pages. I found Brennan Manning's souvenirs mirroring my own....and those truths calling me back to a place of solitude with my Abba. And I think you will too.
3/14/2010 4:21:13 PM
Book Review: Souvenirs of Solitude
While reading Souvenirs of Solitude by Brennan Manning, I was reconnected with a mind and heart that I was introduced to years ago by Rich Mullins and the album A Liturgy, a Legacy, & a Ragamuffin Band.
The book opens with a poem by Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The first lines read “We need to find God and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is a friend of silence…” If ever we in the US were ready for this, it is now.
I was immediately struck by the poetic prayers, written by Sue Garmon, at the end of each chapter, something new for this 2nd edition.
Each page was well worth the time to read. I recommend not reading this fast, but each week digesting a bit at a time. Each chapter touches on ‘souvenir’ that Manning has in his memory from times that he recognized God’s voice in his life. The scriptures sprinkled through the chapters make this a book usable as a devotional.
The book concludes with an eight day ‘retreat’ schedule with scripture passages to meditate on, a discussion and prayer to start your meditation.
I definitely would recommend this book to anyone serious about walking 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Paul M Harrison
2/11/2010 2:35:51 PM
Souvenirs of Solitude
This book is a tasty collection of insights, stories and inspirations from Manning originally written in 1979 but now re-released in 2009. The souvenirs, or memories, he shares in the pages of this book are timeless and classic. As the author says in the Preface to the Second Edition, to “remember” in the Hebrew tradition is to “make present”, and I couldn’t agree more. The words and experiences of Manning in 1979 come off the pages just as real and lively as though he had written them just yesterday.
What is he remembering exactly?
"These souvenirs of solitude are the love story of my walk with God…. I remember and record the intimate moments when I allowed the Lord to lure me into the wilderness and speak to my heart.”
My favorite part: In the chapter called “Love” he recounts the Biblical story of the woman caught in adultery. He notices that Jesus let her off without requiring repentance first, and that she might very well “be back into adultery before sunset.” It’s one thing to worship such a gracious God – but he calls us to live this “kooky, embarassing” love ourselves. Radical.
1/13/2010 4:43:38 PM
Souvenirs Of Solitude
Brennan Manning’s books have always helped me to be more contemplative, and Souvenirs Of Solitude is no exception. Subtitled Finding Rest In Abba’s Embrace, this book helps you do just that. While definitely challenging, Manning has managed to soften the blow with a large dose of grace and humility.
Quite simply, Souvenirs Of Solitude kicked my butt. Brennan Manning seemed to speaking directly to me and to my life throughout the pages of this book. Several passages made their way into my journal for further reflection.
Basically, Souvenirs Of Solitude is a collection “remembrances” that Manning wrote in the 1970s. These are the kind of thoughts you might expect to find in his journal; nuggets of truth and wisdom that Manning has offered to share with the reader. And the insight within these humble words is magnificent.
I would highly recommend this book to all my friends. In fact, I already recommended it to a group of other youth ministers I meet regularly with. This book has helped me grow more aware of God as my Daddy, Abba. I’m sure it can and will help many, many others.
May your life be changed as you dig deep and find rest in Abba’s embrace…
12/23/2009 1:24:00 PM
In Souvenirs and Solitude, Brennan Manning reminds us of the importance of meeting God in the void. Of taking time to be by ourselves and shutting everything off. It is during these times that our Heavenly Father lavishes us with his unrelenting love. These times are also times of refreshment. "When I am able to disengage myself from others and allow the Lord to liberate me from an unhealthy dependence on people," Manning says, "I can exist more for them, listen more attentively, love more unselfishly, speak more compassionately, play more playfully, take myself less seriously, and become more aware that my face is bright with laughter in the midst of a game I thoroughly enjoy". The goal, then, of silence and solitude is to center ourselves in God in order to give ourselves away to others. Only when we are full of Christ are we able to accomplish this selfless act of love.
First published in 1979, the stories and insights Manning illuminates are as effective and as relevant today as when they were first recorded. The relatively short chapters all stand alone nicely, making this book a sort of devotional. As a whole, though, the theme of God's love for us permeates every page. Souvenirs and Solitude gives readers an excellent representation of Manning's ability to make you laugh on one page and cry the next. Readers of Manning will be familiar with his honesty and candor, powerfully evident, for example, in chapter fifteen, "One For The Road." As a recovering alcoholic, Manning shares his gut-wrenching experience at a program and his struggle with "what could have been."
Punctuating each chapter is a poem by the late Miss Sue Garmon. Simple, yet, thoughtful, Garmon puts words to the thoughts in our head after reading what Manning has written. A perfect compliment. Ultimately, Manning and Garmon provide us with a tool to help us turn from ourselves to our Father and then, to others; an experience that is sorely needed in these days of mass information overload. Let us heed their advice and take time out to listen and be refreshed by our Lord.
11/16/2009 7:52:30 PM