Companions on the Journey

Foundational Spiritual Practices

By Tracey D. Leslie

Companions on the Journey

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  • ISBN: 9781532698323
  • Pages: 80
  • Publication Date: 12/13/2019
  • Retail Price: $11.00
Web Price: $8.80
Web Price: $8.80

Companions on the Journey

Foundational Spiritual Practices

By Tracey D. Leslie

paperback-logo

PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781532698323
  • Pages: 80
  • Publication Date: 12/13/2019
  • Retail Price: $11.00
Web Price: $8.80

About-

This six-part study introduces participants to foundational spiritual practices. It is structured to cultivate Christian covenant community, encouraging participants to build relationships with one another as they deepen their relationship with God. The introduction encourages participants to view discipleship as a lifelong journey, not merely a static set of beliefs. Using the journey of Abraham as an example, it provides an opportunity for participants to outline significant “stops” along their life’s journey. The five practices include Scripture, prayer, generosity, evangelism (or witness), and service. In the Scripture session, participants read covenants from the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures as relational documents that deepen our understanding of the relationship God desires with us. The prayer session outlines types of prayer, discusses obstacles to prayer, and introduces classic prayer forms. The generosity session highlights an ancient understanding of grace, encouraging participants to understand giving as an expression of their trust in God. The evangelism session encourages participants to view their lives as compelling narrative and provides a structure for crafting their spiritual autobiography. The final session, service, considers our role within the church and the world, providing a process for discernment by evaluating skills and passions in light of the needs around us.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“I love this study. It makes use of reflections and exercises that deepen our relationship with God and create community among participants—companionship on our journey. I especially appreciate the thoughtful choice of Scripture readings, the insightful comments about them, and the generative questions relating the passages to our lives. I highly recommend this resource as a way for small groups to engage key aspects of their spiritual life such as prayer, generosity, and discipleship.”

—David Rhoads, Professor Emeritus in New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago



“Our congregation has been searching for a resource to introduce spiritual practices and help to build deeper relationships, and Pastor Leslie’s book fits the need. She has couched profound practices into easily understood words and provided a resource that lay leaders can use to facilitate groups that develop faith, engage the Bible, learn to pray, give generously, tell others their faith story, and serve their neighbors. I’m looking forward to using it!”

—Peter S. Perry, Affiliate Assistant Professor in New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary-Arizona



“Tracey Leslie’s Companions on the Journey encourages both individuals and groups to posture their lives toward growth in Christ Jesus. Each participant will discover new depths of God’s grace as each one partners with the Spirit of God to dig up and cultivate the soil of one’s life. This resource is best appreciated in the context of growing relationships of trust and intimacy—mirroring God’s longing for relationship with each of us.”

—Dan Gildner, Senior Pastor, Grace Church Perrysburg



“In Companions on the Journey, Reverend Tracey Leslie offers a thoughtful opportunity for community building. Centered on the idea of covenant, this group study meets a need for Christians to find a way into closer relationship with both God and one another. In a world struggling with isolation and self-absorption this book shows a path to connection.”

—Shannon Stringer, Director of Leadership Development, Indiana Conference, United Methodist Church

Contributors-

Tracey D. Leslie

Bio(s)-

Tracey D. Leslie is a United Methodist clergywoman and a certified spiritual director. Over her twenty-five years in ministry, she has served churches of varying sizes in associate and senior pastor roles, including a focus on discipleship. She received her MDiv from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and certification as a spiritual director through Benedict Inn in Beech Grove, IN. She has also been a spiritual formation facilitator at United Theological Seminary.

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