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CONNECTION THROUGH REST

“Come away and rest awhile.” When we choose


retreat, we make a generous investment in our
friendship with Christ. Many of us have tried
to incorporate regular times of solitude and
silence into the rhythm of our ordinary lives,
which may mean that we give God twenty
minutes here and half an hour there. But we
need more. Indeed, we long for more.

In these pages Transforming Center founder


and seasoned spiritual director Ruth Haley
Barton gently leads us into retreat as a key
practice that opens us to God. Based on her
own practice and her experience leading hun-
dreds of retreats for others, she will guide you
in a very personal exploration of seven spe-
cific invitations contained within the general
160 pages, hardcover, 4646, $22.00
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freedom and surrender.

Ruth Haley Barton is founding president/CEO of the Transforming Center.


A sought-after speaker and retreat leader, Ruth is also the author of numerous
books including Invitation to Solitude and Silence, Sacred Rhythms, Longing for More,
Pursuing God’s Will Together, and Life Together in Christ.

This resource includes appendixes to help you implement


fixed-hour prayer and plan your retreat.

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“If you are desperate to meet God, start with this book. Invitation to Retreat forced
me to accept a truth all Christians must grapple with: unless we retreat into solitude and
silence to be alone with our God, we will never have a real relationship with him.”
—R I C K Y S T A U B
founder of Neighborhood Film Company

“From her insightful analysis of just what is mak- “A wise new guide to retreat, dealing not just with
ing us so tired, to her incredibly inviting description practical questions on how but the even more signif-
of ‘strategic withdrawal,’ to the copious practical icant why. Ruth Haley Barton reminds us we need
retreat materials and suggestions, this book might to pause, rest, relent, and let God take charge. . . .
be the first thing you pack for your next retreat. Invitation to Retreat is powerful.”
Like a consummate wilderness guide, Ruth paints
an enticing picture of the destination then patiently —Emilie Griffin, author of Wilderness Time and
Doors into Prayer
leads us every step of the way.”
“This book offers practical guidance and astonishing
—Jim Martin, vice president of spiritual
formation at International Justice Mission insight into the physical, psychological, and spiritual
dynamics of intentional solitude. Thank you, Ruth
“Because she knows the demands of ministry first- Haley Barton, for sharing your well-earned
hand, her invitation for pastors and leaders to retreat wisdom about listening to the heart of the Creator
is an urgent one, with a singular focus: to have a and the authentic self.”
fresh encounter with God for our own soul’s sake.” —Mark Scandrette, founding director of
—Steve Wiens, senior pastor of Genesis Covenant Church ReIMAGINE

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ENGAGING WITHGROUND
MAPPING HOLY OUR DEEPEST DOUBTS

“People don’t abandon faith because they have


doubts. People abandon faith because they
think they’re not allowed to have doubts.”

Too often, our honest questions about


faith are met with cold confidence and easy
answers. But false certitude doesn’t result in
strong faith—it results in disillusionment,
or worse, in a dogmatic, overweening faith
unable to see itself or its object clearly.

Even as a pastor, Austin Fischer has experienced


the shadows of doubt and disillusionment. In
this book he leans into perennial questions
about Christianity with raw and fearless integ-
rity. He addresses contemporary science, the
problem of evil, hell, God’s silence, and other
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thinking about doubt itself. Doubt, Fischer
contends, is no reason to leave the faith.
Instead, it’s an invitation to a more honest faith.

Austin Fischer is the lead pastor at Vista Community Church in


Temple, Texas, and the author of Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed.

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“With Faith in the Shadows, Austin Fischer steps out of the shadows and
into the limelight of leading contemporary American Christian pastor-theologians.
This book is a must-read for every pastor who struggles with issues of Christian
faith in an increasingly doubt-filled and confused world.”
—R O G E R E . O L S O N
Baylor University

“Plainly put, this is a superb book. Austin Fischer “Fischer writes with a wonderful combination of
offers thoughtful, well-informed, and deeply per- keen intellect and unflinching honesty. He hits all the
sonal help for any Christian who, like Jacob, finds necessary topics, from fundamentalism to theodicy,
themselves wrestling with God.” while drawing on our best Christian thinkers, from
Fyodor Dostoevsky to David Bentley Hart. But
—Bruxy Cavey, pastor of The Meeting House,
what Fischer does best is invite the reader into his
author of (Re)Union
own struggles with doubt.”
“Fischer’s book is both a barb and a balm—it calls us —From the foreword by Brian Zahnd
to be honest before God and assures us that skeptical
saints do not scare God. My hope is that this timely, “For those of you acquainted with pain and doubt,
lively book will be widely disseminated and thoroughly Austin is definitely the pastor you need in your life! And
ingested.” for those of you who pretend so hard that you have no
pain and doubt, Austin is definitely the pastor you need
—Todd D. Still, Baylor University
in your life! I live in both categories regularly, so I’m
“In his deceptively perceptive exploration, Fischer glad I got to feast on his wisdom for a few hundred pages
focuses on the ‘hypocrisy of certainty’—that confidence while I read Faith in the Shadows.”
where none should be had. Honesty demands we —Carlos A. Rodríguez, pastor and founder of
admit our doubts; honesty is what this book is about.” The Happy NPO, author of Drop the Stones

—Scot McKnight, Northern Seminary

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