Searching for meaning, truth or just to understand yourself better - then this is for you!
The meaning and mystery of life is ultimately found in personal relationship, sometimes with another and, for those who search, sometimes with God. In Taking Heart the experiences of four people who are spiritually searching and looking for a direct experience of God are explored, and their different journeys through self-doubt to self-acceptance and to the heart of faith are discussed. These four people are neither especially religious nor spiritual, and nor are they famous. They are ordinary people on an extraordinary search for meaning.
As with all journeys there is discovery but also an uncovering and a recovering. All heart journeys are an exodus that takes us out of captivity and are also the passion story which is at the heart of the mystery of faith, a journey through the very worst and towards the very best. And, throughout the spiritual journey, God is shaping and forming our inner life in the unknown depths of our heart.
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Everyone, knowingly or not, is on a life-path towards wisdom and spiritual maturity. An insightful guide for the journey, Fiona Gardner knows God dwells in our hearts and shows us reliably here how to find Him - a heart-warming read. ~ Larry Culliford, author of Much Ado about Something and The Big Book of Wisdom
There is nothing more personal than one’s spiritual journey. And yet, it is precisely the particularity of our quest for transcendence that makes the lessons learned and relationships built along the way universally recognizable and relatable. Fiona Gardner shares with us the journeys of four seekers, each with their own joys and hopes, challenges and anxieties, but each illuminating a path to the spiritual through the heart. This book is more than an introduction to the spiritual life, it is a compass pointing the way for modern women and men searching for a profounder sense of spirituality and a deeper sense of self! ~ Daniel P. Horan, OFM, author of All God’s Creatures: A Theology of Creation, The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton and Dating God
It is our personal relationships that define our humanity, and the things at which we stumble, the questions with which we grapple, provide the moments of encounter, of discovery. Fiona Gardner draws upon her insights as a theologian and a psychotherapist to point us towards the God who gives shape and meaning to our inner journey. ~ John Moses, Dean Emeritus of St Paul's London, author of The Art of Thomas Merton and Divine Discontent