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Befriending Our Desires
Argues that 'desire' should be placed at the centre of the spiritual life: the concrete reality of passion has always been linked to the human search for the divine.
Paperback, 151 pages
Published January 14th 2001 by Darton, Longman & Todd
(first published 1994)
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Truly a life changer at a time in my life when the clash between living my life and living my duty was about to drive me insane. I recommend this book for anyone who lives a duty-filled life but knows God has to be far more understanding and loving than just to plop us here on Earth to follow a bunch of rules.
This is an exploration of our desires including our sexuality and relating desire to our intimate journey with Christ. The writer draws significantly from the Ignatius of Loyola. I found this a valuable read in helping me to understand better the important role of desire in coming closer to God.
Sheldrake does a nice job of demonstrating why desire is necessary and valuable and even inherently integrated into life, particularly the spiritual life. However, his language and arguments are a little unfocused, which made it somehow feel weighty and fluffy simultaneously, as if there was something important that needed to be constructed out of insubstantial and blurry thoughts. Additionally, he waded now and then into theologically dubious territory such as asserting that God's desire for hu ...more
This rather short book argues that without desire we cannot move closer to God and offered me much to reflect upon. I savored each of the short sections treating various aspects of desire in human life and spirituality.
Philip Sheldrake is a theologian who has been closely involved with the emergence of Christian Spirituality as an academic field. Sheldrake is Past President of the International Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, and was Leech Professor of Applied Theology at Durham University. His publications have focused on the interface of spirituality, theology, and religious history, and he ha ...moreMore about Philip Sheldrake...