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The Spacious Path

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The Spacious Path

by Tamara Hill Murphy and W. David O. Taylor

A simple invitation into a life ordered around listening and love

As we live through cycles of change and disruption, our familiar pathways crumble and we find ourselves in fragmented relationships with God, others, and our own souls. We are not the first to experience this disorientation: When Jesus offered the stunning invitation to come to him to learn how to work from a place of rest, he was talking to people weighed down by ill-fitting political, economic, and religious systems. And his life and ministry offer a glimpse of a better way.

For centuries a practice called the Rule of Life—built around rhythms of prayer, work, study, hospitality, and rest—has provided a loving pathway for anyone who desires to live out the whole gospel. More than a historic primer on an ancient practice, an aspirational overview of spiritual life, or a personal inventory focused on habits, The Spacious Path offers companionship through personal narrative, meaningful reflection, and guided prayer for readers to return to as often as needed.

Rediscover an ancient Christian practice to reorient your life around the unforced rhythms of Jesus, not by adding another ill-fitting system but by walking freely and lightly on the pathways of listening and love in the way of Jesus.










Prologue: Beginning

PART ONE: Saying Yes to the Rule of Life as a Spacious Path
1. Come to Me: Saying Yes to Jesus’ Invitation to Unforced Rhythms of Grace
2. Take My Yoke: Saying Yes to Spacious Obedience
3. Safeguarding Love
4. Contemplation and Community
Response to Part One

PART TWO: Centering a Rule of Life on the Spacious Path
5. Walk with Me: Saying Yes to Spacious Stability and Change in the Church
6. Baptized Beloved: Unity in Diversity
7. Centering in the Beloved
Response to Part Two

PART THREE: Keeping a Rule of Life on the Spacious Path
8. Work with Me: Saying Yes to Spacious Work
9. Sabbath Work and Rest
10. Ordinary (and Extraordinary) Time
11. Ordinary Days
Response to Part Three

PART FOUR: Blessing a Rule of Life on the Spacious Path
12. Keep Company with Me: Saying Yes to Spacious Hospitality
13. Cruciform Love
14. Blessing the End of the Road
Response to Part Four

Epilogue: Beginning Again
About the Author

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