Wasting Time with God: A Christian Spirituality of Friendship with God

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InterVarsity Press, Jun 1, 2001 - Religion - 296 pages
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When it comes to developing a deep, trusting relationship with God, efficiency and productivity are not the answer. It's far better to "waste" time with him, to just enjoy being with him. After all, that's how any friendship grows. But making room for God in the midst of our fast-paced lives is not an easy task. Just as time with our best friends can get squeezed out by the rush of activities, so can time with God. Even "wasting time" with God means making a commitment and setting priorities--whether it's something we enjoy or not. Beginning with the supposition that God desires friendship with us, Klaus Issler encourages us to consider seven character traits and to develop their companion disciplines: friendship, humility, faith, commitment, communication, apprenticeship and partnership. Here is a full-orbed model of Christian spirituality that will be of lasting value.

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This book was required reading for a seminary course. It is a simple but profound blueprint for establishing intimacy with God. The author's passion comes through loud and clear to achieve his ... Read full review

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There has been NOTHING more detrimental to mankind than religion and this ridiculous persistence in believing in a Sky-Daddy who will swoop down and fix everything. You accomplish NOTHING with hands tightly folded, and eyes that don't see. I knew instinctively as a child that all I was being force-fed was a fairy tale. I could have achieved so much more in my life had I not been fettered with this nonsensical reliance upon some external force, but instead had taken the reins of my own power to determine my fate. And if anyone responds with talk of "heaven" and "hell", save your time - heaven and hell is the here and now. And if you do believe in an external god and if your eye is on your reward in heaven, then you slap your god in his face. If you tell me I am going to "hell", I say that you are the ones who allow this paradise to to be transformed into hell. Damn all of you for your ignorance 

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Klaus Issler (Ph.D., Michigan State) is professor of Christian education and theology in the Ph.D. program in educational studies at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California.

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