Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life

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If you were to join us in either of our homes at the end of almost any evening, or if you were to attend one of our retreats, we would invite you to do with us the process described in these pages. This book is about asking ourselves two questions: For what am I most grateful? For what am I least grateful? These questions help us identify moments of consolation and desolation. We call this process the examen. "We have given retreats in over forty countries, and we find that regardless of culture or age group, this simple process is the most helpful way for people to hear the voice of God guiding them from within. For example, should people bring us many questions ranging from, 'Should I change my job?' to What can help me with my depression?' We usually suggest they spend the next month focusing each day on the examen questions. Such people often return a month later having discovered from their own experience of consolation and desolation exactly what they should do more of and less of in order to resolve their problem. "For centuries, prayerful people have found direction for their days and for their lives by identifying these moments. Since even small children can do this, we have tried here to present the examen in a format that families, friends and communities can share and that will be easily accessible to anyone. We hope the examen will enrich your lives and your relationships as much as it has ours."
 

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Review: Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life

User Review  - Maria Longley - Goodreads

Lovely book that explains the examen in good and simple terms, and had examples and stories from the authors' lives to explain it practically. The examen is a way of looking at your day, week, job ... Read full review

Review: Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life

User Review  - Jeff - Goodreads

A children's story that any adult can learn from. My spiritual advisor coupled this very simple read with "Weeds Among the Wheat", enabling me to be a little more light-hearted with a serious problem I had. Read full review

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Contents

Sleeping with Bread
Introduction
1
The Examen
3
Why We Need the Examen
8
The Examen Can Guide Our Lives
15
Everyday Experience Is Divine Revelation
17
Finding Our Sealed Orders
18
Sharing the Examen with Another
20
Doing Only the First Examen Question
34
Examen of the Past Year
36
Healing the Future
38
Final Examen
40
Giving Our Bread Away
42
Examen of This Book
62
Pages 1011
63
Books
67

What If You Have No One To Share With?
27
NineHundred Candles
30
There Are Many Times and Places for the Examen
32
About the Authors
71
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