Walking the Labyrinth: A Place to Pray and Seek God

Walking the Labyrinth: A Place to Pray and Seek God

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Overview

One day Travis Scholl discovered a labyrinth in his neighborhood. As he began to walk it, he found this ancient practice offered a much-needed path away from life's demands, allowing him to encounter God in quiet solitude.
In this meditative guide, Travis Scholl takes readers on a journey:
"The path is always new, because, as a spiritual discipline, the labyrinth is a tool for contemplation, for reflection, for prayer. Underneath the surface, walking the labyrinth is a profound exercise in listening, in active silence, in finding movement and rhythm in the stillnesses underneath and in between every day's noise. Walking the labyrinth is an exercise in finding the voice speaking in whispers underneath the whirlwind of sound."
With no end, but only a center, labyrinths become a physical symbol of prayer and our journey with God. Each step unites faith and action as travelers take one step at a time, living each moment in trust and willingness to follow the course set before them.
Providing a historical and modern context for this unique spiritual discipline, Scholl weaves his own journey through a labyrinth with the Gospel of Mark's telling of the twists and turns of Jesus' life, providing 40 reflections ideal for daily reading during Lent or any time of the year.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830835836
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 09/05/2014
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Travis Scholl is the managing editor for theological publications at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He writes regularly for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on religion and culture. He holds an MDiv from Yale University Divinity School and is the author of Living Lent: Daily Prayers for the Season.

Walter Wangerin, Jr. is the award-winning author of thirty-five books, including the best-selling The Book of God, the National Book Award-winning The Book of the Dun Cow, and, most recently, Letters from the Land of Cancer. Wangerin holds the Jochum Chair at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he teaches literature and creative writing, and is writer-in-residence.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Before the Beginning

1. Entrance

2. In the Middle of Things

3. Wilderness

4. Work

Part 2: Christ, the Path

5. Threshold

6. Worship

7. Liminality

8. A Game

9. Rain

10. The Signs

Part 3: The Way of Love

11. Tree of Life

12. Seed

13. Children

14. In Peace

15. Passage

16. As Yet Untrodden

Part 4: Calling, by Name

17. Petals

18. The Sea

19. The Number Eleven

20. Between the Lines

21. Secret

22. Cross

Part 5: Practicing the Everyday

23. Transfigured

24. Facing Failure

25. Safe at Home

26. In Bloom

27. Child's Play

28. Marathon

Part 6: The Things We Keep and Leave Behind

29. Labor

30. The Path

31. Running Late

32. But Now I See

33. Heartbeat

34. Near and Not Far

Part 7: The Way of the Cross

35. Around and Around

36. To the West

37. A Memory

38. Anonymous

39. Silence

40. Exit

Part 8: After the End


Acknowledgments

Appendix: Ways to Walk a Labyrinth

Daily Scripture Readings Index

What People are Saying About This

Dorothy C. Bass

"As Travis Scholl invites readers to join him in walking the labyrinth, he guides them not only along a spiraling path on the ground but also on a journey into the heart of Christian faith. Read and walk with him through these pages and discover new paths into Scripture and prayer."

Scott Cairns

"Travis Scholl has begun . . . to recover, for himself and for his reader, a taste for endlessness, a taste for the infinite. . . . Walking the labyrinth with our hearts in prayer becomes, then, a way of our recovering a provisional glimpse of the Way himself, his inexhaustible love, his exceedingly great joy in our following him, now and ever."

Marva J. Dawn

"Travis Scholl contributes a thorough model for those of us who have little experience with the discipline of walking a labyrinth. . . . This is a heart-provoking book!"

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