In Awaken Your Senses: Exercises for Exploring the Wonder of God, an intriguing and creative work, retreat leaders J. Brent Bill and Beth A. Booram combine their talents to explore the delight in the five senses as a way to cultivate an experiential faith that is attentive to God in the world all around us.
They explain: "We're going to introduce you to spiritual practices that engage your whole person." This intention is a noble one given the history of resistance of many Christians to connecting religion to the pleasures of the senses.
First stop is taste, which enables us to sample a variety of delectable foods. An essay on touch relates this sense to Jesus, stones, prayer and building an altar.
A consideration of hearing leads to discussions of music, pain, footsteps, the Spirit and news. The authors share their ideas on smell in relationship to flowers, home, heating oil and coffee. Throughout we are reminded of God's presence in the sights around us. By the end of this tour of the gifts of our senses, you will be more thankful to God than ever before (IVP Books, 2011).
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