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Being Bread [Paperback]

Stephen Muse , Archbishop Joseph Al-Zehlaoui

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Book Description

Jan. 1 2013
If, indeed, as Dostoevsky says, "Beauty will save the world," it is because beauty arises only in the presence of love. Without love, there is nothing beautiful. There is nothing valuable. There is nothing meaningful. Meaning arises and transformation occurs through the call and response of personal encounter when we discover a third presence Who offers us being-in-relationship that is greater than the determinism and inertia of biological life. The stories and reflections in this volume are offered in celebration of the One who, in surprising ways and unexpected circumstances, becomes the precious and pure gift of our being bread so that we may live the mystery of becoming bread for others. I wish this for all who read this book. * * * "This inspiring book will help many people break out of their customary way of viewing life. The questions at the end of each chapter do not let the reader be merely content with enjoying the insightful ideas, but they gently invite a deeper look within. It would be a good thing for people to read before going to confession!" (Hieromonk Ephraim) * * * "Stephen Muse's finely-written book is full of profound insights, eyebrow-raising surprises and unforgettable stories. Muse adds new depths to a sentence most of us pray at least once daily, 'Give us this day our daily bread.'" (Jim Forest, author of All is Grace; Saint George & the Dragon; For the Peace From Above; Silent as a Stone) * * * "Pouring over these sustaining narratives I startled to joyful recognition at having come upon another brother along the way who is being drawn along the journey of prayer, which is also the journey to prayer, which is abundant life in Christ. Δόξα τῷ Θεῷ!!" (Scott Cairns, Author of Slow Pilgrim (originally Short Trip to the Edge)) * * * "Rarely is the depth of God's love of the cosmos and of each of us tasted so enjoyably." (Dr. Demetra Velisarios Jaquet, D.Min., Clinical Director, Rocky Mountain Center for Spiritual Caregivers)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Orthodox Research Institute (Jan. 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933275650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933275659
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #563,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Read 'Being Bread' as one hungry for the deeper things! Feb. 28 2013
By Tom K. Stephenson - Published on Amazon.com
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Planned to read Stephen Muse's book slowly throughout the Lenten season as part of my spiritual discipline. It's not even the 3rd Sunday in Lent and I've finished the book, it was that compelling. Muse not only pays close attention to the people and world around him, but to the tidal forces at work in his own soul. The result is an exceptional book of spiritual insights and a deeper conversation than the reader may have anticipated. Bless you Stephen for being bread for my soul!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only norishment for my being, but salve for my soul July 13 2013
By jeffery D skinner - Published on Amazon.com
Wonderfully written! This book is salve to my wounded soul! The stories in here are penetrating areas that I have been walling off. I first read the title as "being bread" but it translated in my mind as DOING bread.

It occurred to me I have been trying to "DO" being.
None of these people in these stories planned out "being bread". They just were, and and that they were "Being Bread."

The stories in this book are born from years of being present, not only with the creator, but also with others.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book July 2 2013
By Seraphima - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is quite compelling, indeed. Stephen's words are an invitation to enter into an intimate dialogue that will nourish the heart along the journey towards relationship with God and others. These stories offer profound insight and open up a fountain of wonder in the heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life Stories March 7 2013
By Audiophile - Published on Amazon.com
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I really liked this book because the author uses his own life experiences to illustrate the spiritual concepts he is trying to convey. There are too many Christian books out there that are urging you on to the Christian life and you can feel lectured. Stephen Muse uses many of his own "stories" to get his point across so that you can enter into them and feel the feelings of the people involved and feel involved yourself. It is much easier to "get the point" for yourself if you are seeing it in a third party.
Additionally, there are a set of questions at the end of each chapter so you can further ponder the concepts included there in and hopefully lead to a deeper look within.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Insightful April 9 2014
By Joe Baroody - Published on Amazon.com
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Stephen Muse has crafted an inspirational book that both teaches us and touches the depths of ones soul. I read a story daily as part of my devotional time. For me this was most helpful. I found all stories inspiring but was especially touched by "Good Enough." I highly recommend it!
Joe Baroody

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