Ruth Haley Barton Quotes

Four Quotes by: Ruth Haley Barton of The Transforming Center

15 years ago people within evangelicalism weren’t talking about solitude and silence and they weren’t talking about spiritual directors, so it was all new to me but I also believe that when the student is ready the teacher will appear.
Source here on the Internet. Dated: 3rd June 2020.
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I love this book! Adele [Ahlberg Calhoun] has provided a treasure trove of spiritual disciplines that will nourish your soul, striking a delicate balance between accessibility and depth that comes from her own faithful practice. Read it, engage the disciplines, and allow God to transform you in the deepest levels of your being.
Source here on the Internet. Dated: 22nd November 2012.

A few years ago, I began to recognize an inner chaos in my soul that was more disconcerting than anything going on in my busy external life. No matter how much I prayed, read the Bible, and listened to good teaching, I could not calm the internal roar created by questions with no answers, performance-oriented drivenness, and emotions that I could sometimes hide but could not control. Not knowing exactly what I needed, I sought out a spiritual director, someone well versed in the ways of the soul … eventually this wise woman said to me, … What you need is stillness and silence so that the sediment can settle and the water can become clear. … I decided to accept this invitation to move beyond my addiction to words.
Source here on the Internet. Dated: 10th April 2009.

There are many terms that seek to capture this dynamic – silent prayer, centering prayer, contemplative prayer, interior prayer, prayer of the heart. Each carries a slightly different nuance, but they all are attempts to capture the same thing: the movement beyond words to an intimacy that requires no words. This intimacy is the kind that lovers know when they give themselves over to the act of lovemaking
Book: by Ruth Haley Barton entitled: Sacred Rhythm, (Dowers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2006), p. 68 Published: 2006.
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