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Ecstasy and Intimacy: When the Holy Spirit Meets the Human Spirit (Edith McEwan Humphrey) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2005) 9780802831477
Ecstasy and Intimacy: When the Holy Spirit Meets the Human Spirit (Edith McEwan Humphrey) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2005) 9780802831477
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Title: Ecstasy and Intimacy: When the Holy Spirit Meets the Human Spirit

Author: Humphrey, Edith McEwan

Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2005

Paperback; ISBN: 9780802831477

Volumes: 1; Pages: 298

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When contemporary Americans, including even Christians, go looking for "spirituality," they look to Eastern religious traditions, New Age fads, and the self-help section of their local bookstore. They look almost anywhere but orthodox Christianity, in fact. In Ecstasy and Intimacy Edith Humphrey sets out to rediscover the spiritual riches of the Christian tradition--Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox.As Humphrey reveals, Christian spirituality takes its cue from the Trinity, from the ecstasy ("going out" of oneself) and intimacy (profound closeness with another) marking the relations between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is within God's own ecstatic actions and intimate love--seen particularly in the Incarnation--that human ecstasy and intimacy are meant to take shape.Ecstasy and Intimacy spreads a banquet of excerpts from the greatest spiritual writers of the Christian past--such luminaries as St. Augustine, Julian of Norwich, St. Teresa of Avila, the Wesley brothers, and Thomas Merton. It also turns realistically to everyday life to wrestle with the practical implications of ecstasy and intimacy for do-it-yourself spirituality, revisionist understandings of Jesus, and the problem of suffering. Humphrey's elegant prose is laced with stories and images from her own life, witnessing throughout to the God whose intimate, ecstatic love knows no bounds.ContentsFOREWORD, by Eugene H. PetersonPREFACEINTRODUCTION: The Holy Spirit and the Spirit of the Age:Discerning the Difference1. LOVE1. The Holy Tryst and the Great Story:The Incarnation, the Holy Spirit, and the Human Spirit2. Separation from God and Approach3. Word and Wisdom, Knowledge and Faith2. LIGHT1. On Mount Tabor: Jesus at the Center, in Communion with Father and Spirit2. The Flame of Love--The Witness of Our Older Siblings in the Faith3. Icons of Love--Communion in Friendship, Family, Marriage, and Church3. LIFE1. When Spirituality Goes Wrong2. The Holy Spirit, Hope, and Healing3. Suffering, Transformation, and New CreationCONCLUSION: Generic Spirituality--Abomination or Open Door?BIBLIOGRAPHYINDEX OF SUBJECTS AND NAMESINDEX OF SCRIPTURE AND OTHER ANCIENT SOURCES
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