Kent Ira Groff is the founding mentor of Oasis Ministries in Pennsylvania, a spiritual companion for journeyers and leaders, a retreat leader, and an inspiring writer-poet. For over two decades he has taught the contemplative active life at theological seminaries and retreat centers in the U. S. and abroad. He is the author of What Would I Believe If I Didn't Believe Anything?.
"Prayer is the practice route that leads to the fruit of a passionate and compassionate spiritual life," writes Groff in this examination of the four directional themes of a devotional life: waking up to reality (Awareness), claiming gifts (Empowerment), practicing detachment in success and failure (Relinquishment), and experiencing mystery (Paradox). He hopes that readers will use the book as a resource for personal spiritual growth and formation, as a resource for an interfaith group, or as a curriculum resource for adult classes.
Groff has many interesting things to say about spirituality, but the best parts of this treatise on connecting with God and others are the practices in each section. Here you will find an open-eyed table blessing, a kything prayer, a Let It Be prayer, and a Do Things the Opposite prayer. The author's blend of Ignatian and Native American spirituality is impressive. This thought provoking devotional resource ought to speak to seekers of all stripes.