An Evangelical Journey into Celtic Christianity
Tracy Balzer is the Director of Christian Formation at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She holds a Masters of Ministry degree and is a certified spiritual director. ______________
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Though we are not all called to the ministry of a Pastor, Foreign Missionary, Prominent Evangelist, or Christian Writer, we are all called by God to share our faith (witness) with those who are not Christians. Some Bible verses that you will find helpful for doing this, and that you may want to commit to memory are found on other pages on our web site (see: Memory Verses; 2nd Set: Salvation!, Plan of Salvation, and Statement of Faith). ____________
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Author: Tracy Balzer
Thin Places introduces contemporary Christians to the great spiritual legacy of the early Celts, a legacy that has remained undiscovered or inaccessible for many evangelical Christians. It provides ways for us to learn from this ancient faith expression, applying fresh and lively spiritual disciplines to our own modern context.
"If the longest journey is the journey inward, we need to find our own thin places---places like my favorite chair or a hermitage or a landscape where we can find the presence of God. Thin places promises to wed evangelical piety to Celtic spirituality. We are all pilgrims in search of thin places; if we are too busy for thin places, we need to slow down. Tracy Balzer's book will help each of us."
-Scott Mcknight, Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University; author of "Praying with the Church" and "The Jesus Creed".
"This writing is probably the best exposition you'll ever read of the truth perfectly expressed by Elizabeth Barrett Browning: 'Earth's crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God: but only he who sees, takes off his shoes---the rest sit around and pluck blackberries' Tracy Balzer inspiringly shows us that the Celtic Christians did more than pluck blackberries and that it would do us all good in our frantic civilization to calm down and learn from them."
-Derek Bingham, author of "A Sliver of Wonder: A Life of C.S. Lewis", and teaching pastor of Christ Church, Belfast, Ireland
"This is more than a book---it's an excursion to the land of the Celts full of 'aha' experiences of God, so opposite our contemporary culture but so crucial if we're to abide in Christ moment by moment."
-Jan Johnson, author of "When the Soul Listens" and "Enjoying the Presence of God"
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"Thin Places will be a great blessing to pilgrims on the Christian journey. It probes deep dimensions of the spiritual life, and deals with profound spiritual realities in an engaging and clarifying way. May the Lord anoint this gift to the world!"
-Robert Mulholland, Asbury Theological Seminary; author of "The Deeper Journey: The Spirituality of Discovering Your True Self"