Presence and Encounter: The Sacramental Possibilities of Everyday Life
The most vital and significant moments in life are moments of encounter. Whether we encounter ourselves, others, or God, these moments let us know that life is meaningful. And presence is what makes encounter possible. When we are truly present, everything that has being becomes potentially present to us. In this unique resource, David Benner invites us to live with more presence so we can know the presence of God more deeply in our lives. Drawing on over thirty-five years of experience integrating psychology and spirituality, Benner examines the transformational possibilities of spiritual presence and encounter in fresh, exciting, and practical ways. He helps readers understand the personal and interpersonal dimensions of presence and encounter, revealing how they mediate Divine Presence and serve as sacraments of everyday life. His rich meditations are presented in a voice that is intelligent, compassionate, and engaging. The book includes end-of-chapter reflection exercises for individual or group use and a foreword by Richard Rohr.
From the Back Cover Experiencing the Sacramental Possibilities of Everyday Life Having journeyed with Dr. Benner in a Transformational Coaching relationship for the past year and having experienced profound shifts through reading his many books before that, I am privileged to recommend the book you hold in your hands. I am excited about the potential for a beautiful unfolding in your life as you encounter practical sacredness, wisdom held humbly, and God's luminous presence within these pages. -- Lisa Whelchel , actress; author of The Facts of Life: And Other Lessons My Father Taught Me and Friendship for Grown-Ups With his trademark blend of scholarship and accessibility, psychological insight and spiritual depth, David Benner has done it again. Presence and Encounter goes to the heart of spiritual formation and direction--awareness of Divine Presence. Whether in Eucharist or casual encounter, it is awakening to Presence that makes encounter possible. -- Gary W. Moon , executive director, Martin Institute and Dallas Willard Center, Westmont College; author of Apprenticeship with Jesus I always learn when I read David Benner. Or perhaps it is more accurate to say that Benner expresses what I already know deep down inside, and he does so with such intelligence and eloquence that my heart soars! -- Ruth Haley Barton , founder, Transforming Center; author of Life Together in Christ: Experiencing Transformation in Community In Presence and Encounter David Benner provides a simple but profound guide to experiencing the presence of Christ (even in absence) in everyday life. Every day holds sacramental possibilities if only we learn by God's grace to be present and to authentically encounter and dialogue with each other and with God. I highly recommend it! -- Siang-Yang Tan , professor of psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary; author of Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective