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Here's Larry's study guide for tonight! Bring your own questions, favorite (or confusing) quotes, and comments too. This is a group discussion so feel free to bring your own concerns.
Anatomy of the Soul by Curt Thompson – Quotations and Questions
Pg. 16 para. 2 Despite the interest in Spirituality in much of the West, and North America in particular, our experience of God’s power and life-giving vitality is often limited—especially when it comes to growth and reconciliation in our relationships… This is partly due to the way we encounter the process of knowing and being known.
Q1. What is your favorite scripture? How does it summarize your Christian world view and does that scripture represent the image of the religious organization you are most associated with?
Pg. 23 para. 4 While he desires for us to have the experience of being known by him, just as important is his desire to experience being known by us. This is not simply for our benefit, as if he is not affected by us. He desires to be known by us as much for what it does for him as for what it does for us.
Q2. What do you feel God feeling? (About you personally, your community, your nation and the world) If you sense and understand those feelings, how does this make God feel that you are aware of His feelings?
Pg. 141 para. 3 For instance, how often do we read right over the passage in which God expresses his “delight” for us? Or how often do we stop to consider what the writer of Hebrews means when he writes: “For the joy set before him he [Jesus] endured the cross, scorning its shame” (Hebrews 12:2)
Q3. In what ways do you “practice the presence of God”? Before this meeting did the last five people that left your presence understand that God loves them? How did you communicate that sense of God’s love to them? (listening, touch, smile, hug, kiss etc.)
Pg. 218 para. 5 This is the basic pattern of sin. It begins with not paying attention—to the voice of the one who tells us we are loved beyond comprehension and who repeatedly ask us where we are—and follows the low road of fear, shame and concealment.
Q4. Are we listing? What are we listing to? Whose voice most influences your self-image today?
Pg. 175 para. 4 These practices, which are usually called spiritual disciplines, include the inward disciplines of meditation, prayer, fasting, and study; the outward disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission, and service; and the corporate disciplines of confession, worship, guidance, and celebration.
Pg. 47 para. 5 This neuroplasticity can be enhanced and facilitated by our intentional behavior. Dan Siegel provides a helpful acronym SNAG to refer to the process by which we “Stimulate neuronal activation and growth.” Neuroscience research has identified what I call a neuroplastic triad, three activities that will enhance the likelihood of this growth:
· Aerobic activity
· Focused attention exercise
· Novel learning experience
Q5. Which of these activities are you doing? How difficult would it be to incorporate more of these into your lifestyle?
Questions to ponder:
1) Who in your immediate family do you have the most difficult relationship with?
2) What was the last situation that you were disappointed with God because of the outcome of a situation or an answer to prayer?
3) Who is the person(s) you have most recently started a new long term relationship with? (expected to last more than 5 years; example: spouse, in-law, child, job school, church, neighbor )
Q1. This book shows how Neuroscience affects our sense of justice on a community level. Before or after reading this book what are your understanding and expectations of faith and science and the effect it has on justice in our community in the Nation’s Capital area.
Pg.127 para. 3 (Insecure attachment—ambivalent/anxious) Those with this attachment pattern filter the Bible through their own spiritual stories, making it likely that their actual, experience sense of God will be understood in emotional terms. When anxious, they will more likely sense God to be unpredictable and unreliable, with little sensitivity; their mental images and emotional sensations convey God’s intrusion into their lives and his displeasure with them. They comprehend with their left brains the “facts” they read in the Bible that they are instructed to “take on faith”, but their right brains, due to lack of neural associations, may not incorporate the attendant emotional qualities associated with those facts.