Ever since we read Letters to My Son, a 1994 book in which Kent Nerburn speaks from the heart about manhood, we have eagerly looked forward to each new adventure by this award-winning Minnesota writer. In his 14 books, he draws upon a wealth of experiences as an author, sculptor, educator, and guerilla theologian. Nerburn is one of those rare Renaissance men whose interests and talents mesh into a bold quest to constantly seek out fresh paths of wisdom, beauty, and truth.
We consider this spiritual teacher to be one of the finest essayists in America. He has an elegant style that captures and conveys the joys of spiritual awareness and a true reverence for life. Nerburn enables us to appreciate the poetics of the place where we live, the changing of the seasons, and the surprises that await all those enchanted by wonder. As just one example, we love his description of snow as "a prayer shawl, donned upon the land."
Nerburn seems to face each day with gratitude — that practice shines through all his writings. He astonishes us with his delight in the loveliness, the grandeur, and the meaning of everyday spirituality. His stories have been widely distributed given their veracity and simple universality. And, last but not least, Nerburn has a deep and abiding respect for Native American spirituality, which he has covered in many of his books. He illuminates this spiritual tradition's high regard for the temple of nature, the power of silence, the satisfactions of generosity, the necessity of traveling light on the earth, and the glory of the Great Mystery.
We invite you to experience the wondrous wisdom of this master teacher by "Practicing Spirituality with Kent Nerburn." You will receive 40 emails, each containing a brief passage from one of Nerburn's books and a suggestion on how to practice its message. The e-course will present many of his central themes: forgiving ourselves, giving as a generative act, gentleness of spirit, love as a habit of the heart, listening to the land, the preciousness of creativity, and the joy of being a connoisseur of the mysteries of life.
(6 CEHs for Chaplains available.)
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