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3.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 5 3.45 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Haley Barton Narrator: Ruth Haley Barton Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781608145485
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Much of our faith and practice is about words—preaching, teaching, talking with others. Yet all of these words are not enough to take us into the real presence of God where we can hear his voice. This audiobook is an invitation to you to meet God deeply and fully outside the demands and noise of daily life. It is an invitation to the adventure of spiritual transformation in the deepest places. It is an invitation to solitude and silence. The beauty of a true invitation is that we really do have a choice about embarking on this adventure. God extends the invitation, but he honors our freedom and will not push himself where he is not wanted. Instead, he waits for us to respond from the depths of our desire. Will you say yes?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I find books in the genre of the contemplative life are often written by mystics who occupy some rarified, ethereal realm in which I don’t seem to live. Not so with Ruth Haley Barton’s Invitation to Solitude and Silence. Ruth takes us on her journey into solitude and silence as one, like most of us, who must learn to commune with God in the muchness of life.”

    Greg Ogden, author of Discipleship Essentials and executive pastor of discipleship, Christ Church of Oak Brook

  • “Ruth Haley Barton has gifted us with a vital way to deeper intimacy with God and our own true self in God through the neglected disciplines of solitude and silence. Along with her own honest biographical witness, she offers us a variety of concrete practices that can help the reader enter solitude and silence with greater ease and understanding of the ways God is present for us in such times, often in the face of our resistances. What she has given us can contribute significantly to a more mature and full spiritual life. She convincingly shows us the vital spiritual importance of an intentional rhythm of work and rest, solitude and community, silence and word.”

    Tilden Edwards, founder and senior fellow, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation

  • “I have not otherwise found a more excellent and accessible guide for those who seek, as Elijah, to know and be known by God in solitude and silence…I have given this book to all of our employees and it has become an integral part of what we call ‘8:30 Stillness.’”

    Gary A. Haugen, president of International Justice Mission

  • “The author’s own journey serves as a backdrop for a welcoming invitation to experience the spiritual restoration of solitude and silence. Her compelling invitation combines both a clear explanation of the purpose of solitude and seasoned guidance on how to practice it.”

    James C. Wilhoit, PhD, Price-LeBar Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry, Wheaton College Graduate School

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 7/8/2010

    " this wasn't a bad book - just nothing new. it came at a bad time... had already read similar books... made this one feel redundant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/30/2010

    " Ruth is an active person so the ways that she implements silence and solitude to "quiet the stirred up river water" within her and allow it to settle was attractive to me. This is a annual must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elin | 4/13/2010

    " An easy-to-read and practical book that touches my deepest hunger; to meet God deeply and fully outside the demands and noise of daily life. An invitation to solitude and silence - which I'm in desperate need of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 10/31/2009

    " I just re-read this book while in a cabin alone for some time of solitude and silence....great way to focus and lots of tips for incorporating this into our lives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 7/28/2009

    " Never did finish the book...Good idea but the author got too wordy... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 1/1/2009

    " this book is a good follow up guide to the book "sacred rhythms." this book is one i go back to time and time again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire | 10/16/2008

    " skimmed it for a class. didn't love it. didn't hate it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 7/30/2008

    " Helped me get my prayer life revitalized and started again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 tricia | 1/19/2008

    " I took it chapter by chapter and let them each make take time out to reflect and practice silence and solitude. Effective as far as you let it take you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 shannon | 3/7/2007

    " Teaches you practically how to calm down, sit back and spend time with God. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 3/5/2007

    " We thrive on busyness, but that also makes it easy for us to forget to nurture the deepest parts of our soul. This book brings us back to a place of silence, and teaches us to take care of our spirit along with everything else. "

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About the Author

Ruth Haley Barton, DD, is founding president of the Transforming Center, a spiritual formation ministry to pastors and Christian leaders. A trained spiritual director, teacher, and retreat leader, she has served on the pastoral staff of several churches, including Willow Creek Community Church. A sought-after teacher, preacher, and consultant to leadership teams, she is currently adjunct professor of spiritual transformation at Northern Seminary. Educated at Wheaton College, Northern Seminary and Loyola University Chicago Institute for Pastoral Studies, Ruth is the author of numerous books and resources on the spiritual life, including Invitation to Solitude and Silence, Sacred Rhythms, Longing for More, and Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership.