Best Spiritual Books of 2017

January 23, 2018 by Anne Trudel

Upper Room Books is proud to announce that Living Compassion by Andrew Dreitcer has been named one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2017 by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat at SpiritualityandPractice.com



About Living Compassion:

In the face of hurtful public dialogue and worldwide conflict, many Christians want to practice and experience genuine compassion. After all, centuries of Christian teachings have insisted that compassion is at the heart of the Christian life.

"Love your enemies," Jesus said in Luke 6:35-36. "Do good to them. Be compassionate, just as God is compassionate."

How do we become more compassionate toward others, especially our enemies? And since Jesus told us to love our neighbors as ourselves, how do we practice being compassionate toward ourselves?

Join Andrew Dreitcer, codirector of the Center for Engaged Compassion, in exploring how certain Christian spiritual practices are compassion practices. Discover how ancient as well as contemporary practices can shape your life, helping you become more compassionate in today's world.

Dreitcer introduces you to the Compassion Practice, a compassion formation process that has been developed in the last decade. Each chapter includes a "Review and Practice" section to help you apply what you learned. Uncover and learn how to express the innate compassion within you, and find out how to turn your desire for compassion into a life centered in genuine, lasting compassion.

Discover more about the book . . .


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