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The Rebirthing of God


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Introduction Chapter 1: Reconnecting with the Earth The Cathedral of Earth, Sea, and Sky The Whole Universe Takes Part in the Dance At the Heart of Matter Is the Heart of God A Spirituality of Intimacy with the Natural World Chapter 2: Reconnecting with Compassion A Revolution of the Spirit The Courage to See The Courage to Feel The Courage to Act Chapter 3: Reconnecting with the Light Turn But a Stone and an Angel Moves The Light at the Center of Every Cell Be Filled with Light and Shine Letting Go to the Light Chapter 4: Reconnecting with the Journey Journeying into Unknown Territory Traveling as Pilgrims Shedding Our Attachment to the Ego Finding the Other Half of Our Soul Chapter 5: Reconnecting with Spiritual Practice A Contemplative Orientation Finding Our Diamond Essence Plunging Deep into the Heart of the World Nurturing the Seed-Force for Change Chapter 6: Reconnecting with Nonviolence Response-Ability Love-Force Not Brute-Force Love Is the Strongest Yet Humblest Force Blessed Are the Peacemakers Chapter 7: Reconnecting with the Unconscious Opening to the Well of the Imagination The Marriage of the Conscious and the Unconscious The Promise of Union Dreaming the Way Forward Chapter 8: Reconnecting with Love God Is Love Saying Yes to the Heart of the Other Giving Up Our Imaginary Position as the Center There Is No Distinction between Love and Justice Epilogue Notes Suggestions for Further Reading About the Author

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John Philip Newell, internationally acclaimed teacher, retreat leader and speaker, is the widely read author of several books, including Listening for the Heartbeat of God, Praying with the Earth; A New Harmony: The Spirit, the Earth & the Human Soul and Rebirthing of God: Christianity's Struggle for New Beginnings (SkyLight Paths). Formerly warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland, he is now companion theologian for the American Spirituality Center of Casa del Sol at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico and the co-founder of Heartbeat: A Journey Towards Earth's Wellbeing.


"Occasionally I read a book that leads me to think, 'I wish I had written that.' This is one of those books." -Marcus Borg, author, The Heart of Christianity and Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, among other books "Draw[s] from fresh, deep springs of faith ... placing before us the challenge of our day: Will we allow God to be born anew in us, in the earth, in the cosmos? Will we embody the ever-new life of the Source from which we come?" -Mary C. Earle, author, Celtic Christian Spirituality: Essential Writings-Annotated and Explained "Wow.... This book will move you ... with fresh insight into the rebirth of everything. What a writer, what a book!" -Rob Bell, author, Love Wins and What We Talk about When We Talk about God "From page one to the conclusion, John Philip Newell engages our imagination and as we read we are born anew. His writing is a blessing!" -Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, former executive director, U.S. World Council of Churches; author, Living into Hope: A Call to Spiritual Action for Such a Time as This "Reconnecting is the word! The deep connection is already there and given, but this little book of wisdom will help you to find the essential message again-and in fresh, intelligent ways." -Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico "Courageous.... A refreshing cup of cool, clear water for our spirits that enlivens us for the journey beyond the stumbling blocks of unquestioned doctrine toward a reconnection with the earth and the human capacity for awareness, compassion and spiritual practices that restore awe and hope for our enacted faith." -Thomas V. Wolfe, president, Iliff School of Theology

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