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Dynamics of Spiritual Life

This extraordinary set of talks by theologian and storyteller John Shea explores and explains the spirituality of masters, mystics, and saints from many different religious traditions. Using Scripture, personal reflections, ancient folktales, and contemporary examples, Shea describes how the "journey inside" can be the foundation for a practical and effective approach to daily living.

ISBN: 978-0-87946-486-8

- Subtitle: Insights, Reflections, and Stories
- Product #: 432
- Format: CD
- Page Count: 6 CD Set
- Pub. Date: February 2012
- Publisher: ACTA Publications

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Contemplative Wisdom and Contemporary Insights

This extraordinary set of talks by theologian and storyteller John Shea explores and explains the spirituality of masters, mystics, and saints from many different religious traditions. Using Scripture, personal reflections, ancient folktales, and contemporary examples, Shea describes how the "journey inside" can be the foundation for a practical and effective approach to daily living.

A. Stories of Personal Journeys/ Map of the Mystic (38:48)

B. The Maps of the Hero, the Hindu, and the Buddhist (38:40)

C. The Jumping Mouse/Story of Christopher (42:09)

D. Two Theological World Views (34:19)

E. Stories of Perception (42:39)

F. Stories of Prayer (36:58)

G. The Fasting of the Heart (44:46)

H. Suffering and Comparison (22:02)

I. Description, Scarcity, Salvation (22:01)

J. Rich Young Man (26:30)

K. Worker in the Field/The True Self (18:54)

L. Freedom/Violence/Compulsivity (41:17)

M. Fear/Conclusion (29:47)

This audio program was recorded live in Chicago by The Audio File and then edited and reengineered to provide the best possible quality and continuity. Each of the six CDs is divided into 2-3 tracks by short musical interludes that allow time for reflection and prayer.

John Shea
John (Jack) Shea is a theologian and storyteller who lectures nationally and internationally on storytelling in world religions, faith-based health care, contemporary spirituality, and the spirit at work movement. Formerly, he was a professor of systematic theology and the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, a research professor at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University of Chicago, and the Advocate Healthcare Senior Scholar in Residence at the Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith and Ethics. He has also taught at the University of Notre Dame and Boston College.
 
He has published thirteen books of theology and spirituality and two books of poetry. His latest three books are Gospel Light: Jesus Stories for Spiritual Consciousness (Crossroad, 1997), Elijah at the Wedding Feast and Other Tales (Acta, 1999), and Spirituality and Health Care: Reaching Toward a Holistic Future (Park Ridge Center, 2000). He is presently at work on a four volume series that will provide literary/spiritual interpretations of the Sunday gospels. These interpretations — The Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels for Christian Preachers and Teachers — will be a resource for lectionary based preaching and teaching.