Invitation to Solitude and Silence

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Ruth Haley Barton’s award-winning, practical introduction to the spiritual practice of silence and solitude is an invitation to you to journey into the real presence of God and hear and his voice.

Much of the Christian faith is about words – preaching, teaching, talking with others. But the hectic demands and noise of daily modern life can drown out God’s words, and keep us from fully meeting him.

Taking the story of Elijah the prophet as inspiration and example, Invitation to Solitude and Silence explores the power of quietness and stillness in connecting with God. Filled with practical exercises that draw on Ruth’s own experience, it encourages and challenges us to rethink how we see silence and solitude and to use them to invite God deeper into our lives.

Invitation to Solitude and Silence is ideal for anyone looking for spiritual disciplines to help them connect more fully with God and practices to aid their spiritual formation. Ruth’s gentle wisdom will expand your idea of what prayer can be, and help you find time to rest and renew your faith so that your relationship with God is strengthened.

Helpful and hopeful, this book is a reminder that God does not push himself where he is not wanted but waits for us to respond from the depths of our desire. Will you say yes?
Ruth Haley Barton is a spiritual director, teacher, author and retreat leader trained at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, D.C. She is founder of the Transforming Center, a ministry of spiritual formation, and has served at several churches. As well as Invitation to Solitude and Silence, which won a Christianity Today Book Award in 2005, she is the author of Sacred RhythmsLonging for More and Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership (all InterVarsity Press).