Devotional Recommendations?

Students and friends often ask me what books I would recommend for devotional reading.  I admit I am not entirely sure what sort of book they are looking for.  If by devotional they mean a book they can read a few pages each morning that will provide spiritual reflection throughout the day, then nearly anything […]

Listening to the Saints – Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle (part 3)

This is my third post on Teresa of Avila’s spiritual classic, The Interior Castle.  Read part one and part two. Teresa of Avila’s writing is enriching to my soul.  She has gone down in history as one of the most influential of Christian mystics, but she exhibited great humility in her work, saying,  “If you find […]

Listening to the Saints – Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle (part 2)

This is my second post on Teresa of Avila’s spiritual classic, The Interior Castle.  Read part one. The whole point of this work is to show the soul’s journey to God.  But this is no other-worldly, irrelevant spiritual mumbo-jumbo.  Teresa’s message is actually quite practical. She emphasizes that true perfection, the essence of what it […]

I stink at praying (Listening to the Saints)

I stink at praying.  When I was a kid I was told that if you want to be a good Christian you need to pray, read the Bible and be involved in church.  The latter two were never really a problem for me.  But praying?  I knew I was supposed to pray so I would […]

Listening to the Saints 1 – Teresa of Avila

I enjoy reading classic writings by Christians and since they are basically free on the Kindle they are very available.  So I figured I would blog on what I am reading.  Many of the most well-known classics I have already read (such as Augustine’s Confessions, Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress and Kempis’ Imitation of Christ) and while […]