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Fan the Flame: Meditations for Spiritual Direction [Paperback]

Rob Des Cotes
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March 1 2006
The Scriptures have been much analyzed in study groups, class-rooms, commentaries and pulpits. But the particular insights found by those who journey along the path of prayer are ones that can only come from the perspective of that discipline. The practice of prayer helps identify an application of theology that is inherent in Scripture, but often overlooked by more analytical approaches. For anyone pursuing truth in their relationship with God, an understanding of spiritual direction in light of Scripture is essential. In the tradition of Christian contemplatives and mystics from the early centuries to the present, Rob Des Cotes brings fresh insights to many familiar biblical passages, applying them to prayer and to the transforming work of spiritual direction. The numerous images and creative metaphors of the spiritual journey found in these concise and thought-provoking meditations are both contemporary while deeply rooted in the classics of Catholic, Orthodox and Reformation contemplative traditions. Rob Des Cotes is a spiritual director and pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He teaches Contemplative Traditions at Trinity Western University, as well as courses on spirituality and the arts at Carey Theological College and Columbia Bible College. Rob also directs Imago Dei (MB), a network of faith communities that encourages the practice of prayer and a transforming relationship with God.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping Company with God July 22 2006
Rob Des Cotes' small volume belies its immense value. As a follower of Jesus, this book will move you below the surface of the distractions of everyday life to arrive at places of deep serenity. These daily readings (it is hard to stop at only one a day!) move the reader to quietly contemplate the goodness of God in one's lived experience. The practice of prayer becomes a rich adventure of opening up oneself to all that God is.

The author begins with a key scripture verse and proceeds to offer an intruiging contemplative meditation upon it. He comes at the verse with a gentle depth and a refreshing unfolding of its meaning in the life of the believer. The telescope is reversed so that the reader sees more clearly from the detailed perspective that life in each of its parts is a gift and that the principal role of the believer is to receive it from God's generous hand as a mark of his astonishing kindness.

The author makes frequent and helpful references to the great writers in the Christian traditions of spirituality, including the Desert Fathers, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Meister Eckhart and contemporary writers such as James Houston and Ronald Rolheiser. Always biblical, engagingly conversational and gently didactic, Rob Des Cotes' volume will companion with you along your journey of faith as you seek to keep company with God.
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