Fall Book Club
📚 Join our Fall Book Club and Discover the Power of Centering Prayer!
📅 Dates: October 5 – November 9, 2023 🕒 Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time, every Thursday 🏢 Location: 368 S. Tuckahoe Road, Williamstown NJ -or- Join via Zoom
Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey? We’re thrilled to announce our Fall Book Club, where we will delve into the profound teachings of Brian D. Russell’s masterpiece, “Centering Prayer: Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence Can Change Your Life.”
In this book club, we’ll explore the art of centering prayer and Christian meditation, discovering the immense potential it holds for personal growth and spiritual connection. Together, we’ll embark on a six-week adventure, with each Thursday evening dedicated to the exploration and discussion of key concepts from the book.
🌟 Highlights of our Fall Book Club: 🌟
✨ Engaging Discussions: Led by our experienced facilitators, Monica Armstrong and Teresa Yerkes, our book club meetings will provide a nurturing environment for vibrant discussions. They will alternate each week, bringing their unique perspectives to the table.
✨ Weekly Reading Assignments: Throughout the club, we’ll follow weekly reading assignments, covering approximately twenty pages per week. This pace ensures a comprehensive understanding of the material while allowing ample time for reflection.
✨ In-Person or Virtual: Choose the mode that suits you best. Attend our book club sessions in person at our welcoming location at 368 S. Tuckahoe Road in Williamstown, or join us virtually via Zoom from the comfort of your own home. The choice is yours!
✨ Free Admission: There’s no charge to join our Fall Book Club. We believe in making this enriching experience accessible to everyone who wishes to participate. The only cost you’ll bear is purchasing the book from your favorite local or online bookstore.
✨ Optional Participation: While we encourage active participation in the discussions, we understand that everyone has their own preferences. Feel free to join us solely to expand your knowledge about centering prayer and Christian meditation. All are welcome!
Don’t miss this opportunity to deepen your spiritual practice and connect with fellow seekers on this profound journey. Register for our Fall Book Club today. We can’t wait to embark on this transformative experience with you!
Remember, true change begins when we embrace the silence within.
When biblical scholar and coach Brian Russell discovered centering prayer at a difficult crossroad in his life, he had no idea how his life would change. “Sensing God’s love for me has been so transformational that it almost feels as though I’ve experienced conversion all over again,” he writes. He became calmer, less anxious, less reactive, freed of past wounds, and a better listener in the presence of others.
Centering prayer, also known as the prayer of silence, helps you quiet your mind from the constant thoughts and impulses, and frees your true self to experience more of God’s love in the very core of your being.
This inviting guide gives you practical tools to make centering prayer a consistent habit in your life, gives the history and theological foundation for the practice, and helps identify and overcome common obstacles. Beginners, as well as seasoned practitioners, will gain inspiration, rich insight, and practical knowledge of a contemplative prayer practice that can open you up to deep experiences of inner healing and peace.
About the Author
Brian D. Russell, Ph.D., is an award-winning teacher, speaker, and spiritual coach. He serves as Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary (Orlando campus). His personal mission is to contemplate, learn, and practice the deepest truths in order to communicate them meaningfully, lovingly, and in transformational ways to others through writing, teaching, coaching and speaking. He is an in-demand coach for entrepreneurs and spiritually minded leaders (www.brianrussellphd.com) and curates a dynamic group coaching program for pastors (www.deepdivespirituality.com)
About the Christian Meditation Center’s Book Club Facilitators
Monica Armstrong, Artist and Spiritual Director creates visual art that honors and communicates the sacred. Her series of Creativity and Spirituality workshops, a deep study of the Wisdom Scriptures with retreats and classes for women are offered in her Spirit Matters Studio. Monica has completed Graduate Certification in Holistic Spirituality, focused on the study of the History of the Christian Faith, and received training and has received certification for completing a two-year spiritual direction program from Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. Practice of Christian Meditation supports her goal of increasing an ever-growing awareness of the present, the Presence of the Divine and the joy therein.
Teresa Yerkes, the Founder of Christian Meditation Center, has been a Christian since 1983 and has practiced Christian meditation since 2000. She is the author of three books, Come Closer: The Practice of Christian Meditation, God Within You: The Case for Christian Meditation and Making Love: The Spiritual Act of Love. She teaches and leads Christian meditation trainings and facilitates sessions. She is a public speaker, facilitates book clubs and leads retreats. Teresa is a Certified Lay Speaker and Lay Counselor. She brings nearly forty years of her own personal discovery, along with highly specialized spiritual direction training provided by the Shalem Institute.
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