Letters from the Holy Ground: Seeing God Where You Are

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2000 - Religion - 216 pages
Lively essays of spiritual guidance tell the story of a woman's journey into solitude. With an earthy spirituality grounded in everyday family life, the author explores what it means to live a devout and holy life in our time. This is an engaging testimony to the compelling presence of God by a genuine Christian mystic. Reading Letters from the Holy Ground is learning to see God in all things. Building on the insight that "we are all platforms for the dancing God," this book invites us to be liberated by beauty and holiness. It is that presence of God which makes every place holy. Letters from the Holy Ground surprises and delights, encourages and uplifts, leading us to see with new eyes that holiness is all around.
 

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This book, in my opinion, a spot-on account of the kind of relationship God wants with us---it starts with an observation: God cries for us. When you are ready to get serious about being a Christian, read this book. It's a gem.
Technical stuff: Ross-Gotta presents a MODEL for Christian mysticism in the neo-orthodox reformed tradition. Curious as to why it wasn't published by Westminster John Knox Press.
~JR
 

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Contents

Seeing God A Hunger for Holiness
5
Prayer Boots Remembering
8
Fast Relief with Mr Bricklin Suffering and Salvation
12
Witches and the Easy Yoke God the Father as the Source of Salvation
16
Lunch Boxes and the End of Summer The Tension of Poverty and Abundance
20
Tell the People That I Miss Them
23
A Voice Crying in the Pasture Redemption
27
The Rejected God Gnosticism
29
That Our Joy May Be Complete
101
My Sister Is Praying Today Famished for the Truth
105
The Star Stopped Joy Our Chief and Highest End
110
Im an Inside Dog Union with God the Father
115
Boredom and Vulnerability The Search for the Historical Jesus
120
I Want I Need I Have to Have The Taming of Desire
126
Becoming Ordinary
131
Holy Ground and Squatters Rights Recollection The Lasting Beauty of a Quiet Spirit
137

Playing Dress Up Pretense and True Belief
33
Holy Cows Evil and the Wilderness
37
Urgent Mother and Child Holy Indifference and the Repose of the Virgin
41
Prayer as Subversive Activity The Good Service of Adoration
46
A Spirit of Judgement and a Spirit of Burning
49
Sacrificial Suffering A Channel for the Urgent Love of God
53
Playing Barbies Life after Enlightenment
57
Persimmons Justice and the Wrath of God
62
Humpty Dumpty Had a Great Fall Original Sin
66
Cranks Crackpots and Paul Jesus and the Authentic Christ
71
A Refuge and a Shelter
75
Telling the Truth Setting Boundaries around Holy Ground
79
Sitting Ducks Freedom in Christ Jesus
82
A Holy Song Discernment and the Will of God
87
The Dying Pear Tree Desire and Detachment
92
At the Threshing Floor Lemonade Suffering and the Abundant Life
95
Spring Was Coming Maybe Acedia The Demon of the Noonday Sun
143
Learning a New Skill Giving Jesus Away
149
Christianity and the Occult Ahs Gets His Fortune Told
155
Mudbabes and Humility From Ashes to Ashes
160
A Spirit of Harlotry The God We Worship vs the God We Serve
165
We Have Eternity
171
The Real World Futility Rules the Roost
175
Waiting Broccoli and Perseverance
181
Time Tripping Dancing with the Risen Lord
188
Beauty Christ Winking at Us through Creation
194
GoodBye Change and the Love We Cannot Bear
200
Faith and Fear Ahs Gets a New Home
206
EPILOGUE
213
ENDNOTES
215
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About the author (2000)

Loretta Ross-Gotta lives in Kansas where she directs The Sanctuary, an ecumenical center for prayer. A Presbyterian clergy woman, she has served churches of several denominations and has been a hospital chaplain.

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