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The Attentive Life
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Table of Contents

An Introduction: Short Flights and Quick Returns
One Who Paid Attention: C. S. Lewis Looking Along a Beam

1. Paying Attention: The Hours of Our Lives
One Who Paid Attention: Simone Weil on a Postage Stamp

2. The Birthing Hour: Time Before Time
One Who Paid Attention: Vincent Donovan--the Masai Chief, the Missionary and the Lion God

3. Daybreak: The Hour of Beginnings
One Who Paid Attention: The Teacher Who Took Off His Hat

4. Prime Time: Our Root System
One Who Paid Attention: My Spiritual Director Dog

5. Active Life: A Slower Pace in a Faster World
One Who Paid Attention: Kierkegaard?s Lanterns, Fireworks and Stars

6. The Noonday Demon: Our Distractible Selves
One Who Paid Attention: How Mother Teresa Kept Going

Holy Stillness: An Interlude

7. When Shadows Come: Darkness Comes Early
One Who Paid Attention: Jerry Sittser Trying to Catch the Sun

8. Lighting the Lamps: The House with Golden Windows
One Who Paid Attention: Nouwen, a Restless Prophet

9. Grandfather Time: When Evening Comes
One Who Paid Attention: Hwee Hwee Tan, Becoming What We Look At

Epilogue: The Journey Home

Appendix: Observing the Hours

Notes

In Attention to Gratitude

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About the Author

Leighton Ford is president of Leighton Ford Ministries, which seeks to help young leaders worldwide to lead more like Jesus. For many years, Ford communicated Christ around the globe through speaking, writing and media outreach with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, includingTransforming Leadership.

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The Attentive Life chronicles [Ford's] new desire to be attentive and more deeply nurture a viable set of practices that facilitate such spiritual intimacy with God. The Attentive Life is a perfect example of the kinds of things the Formatio line is about. We highly recommend it.

--Byron Borger, Hearts Minds Books, April 30, 2008

. . . A wonderfully compelling invitation to a life of prayer . . . Ford know how to share the hours with witful intelligence, charm and winsome conviction. This delightfully well-written book [will] provide any group with a host of insights, provocations, and layered viewpoints for discussion.

--Praying Daily (prayingdaily.blogspot.com), August 11, 2008

[A] distinctly Protestant addition to the tradition of monastic spirituality.

--Publishers Weekly, March 10, 2008

A spirit of ecumenism informs Ford's gracefully written guide to thoughtful prayer and attentiveness to God's voice.

--Library Journal, March 1, 2008

Filled with examples of those who paid attention, Ford's evangelical bona fides are unquestionable and well worth reading.

--The Christian Courier, August 2008

Ford examines how distractions of our post-modern world rob us of the time we spend with God. Through this easy-flowing book, he leads one into the practice of attentiveness, pointing out that the best and deepest things of life come through attentive waiting. Appropriate for both new Christians and those of long-time faith.

--LW, Libraries Alive, Winter 2009

Ford expresses in an almost poetic manner the peace that comes with the continual observation of and attentiveness to the presence of God.

--Heidi L. Ippolito, Christian Retailing, April 21, 2008

This book is special. It stretches the soul and makes everything a prayer.

--Lamplighter, August 2008

This book will take more than one reading to absorb its richness. Personal illustrations, an abundance of thought-provoking quotes, and memorable object lessons make this a book that may become a contemporary classic.

--JZ, Church Libraries, Fall 2008

Those who appreciate contemplative, gentle, insightful focus into the spiritual life will enjoy this partly autobiographical work.

--Anita Cain, CBA Retailers + Resources, May 2008

Using the richt tradition of praying the hours, Ford will walk with you, helping you pay attention to God's work in you and around you throughout each day and in different seasons of your life.

--Alice Brasky on Book Bargains and Previews, June 1008

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