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Some invitations we desperately want: "Will you marry me?" "Would you consider a promotion?" Other invitations we never want to receive but must respond to all the same: "What treatment do you want for your tumor?" Invitations pound away at the coastlines of the soul with a transforming force. God is also sending invitations. Sometimes they seem less compelling than anythi Some invitations we desperately want: "Will you marry me?" "Would you consider a promotion?" Other invitations we never want to receive but must respond to all the same: "What treatment do you want for your tumor?" Invitations pound away at the coastlines of the soul with a transforming force. God is also sending invitations. Sometimes they seem less compelling than anything on my to-do list. Why would I want to say yes to the invitation to rest when I'm already so far behind? Why follow when I could lead? Why accept invitations to weep or to admit I am wrong or to wait? Saying yes might slow me down, sabotage my agenda and even undo who I think I am. Adele Calhoun, author of the popular Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, offers a book about invitations like these--divine invitations we miss or ignore because we've said yes to going with the cultural flow. While these invitations from God can sometimes be difficult to accept, they can heal and restore even as they shape where we go, what we do and who we become. What we say yes to, what we say no to forms the terrain of our future. Included in this book are reflection questions and exercises as well as overview charts with recommended disciplines to guide you through each theme. As you attend to the often hidden, quiet voice of the Great Inviter, you will find yourself as God created you to be.


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Some invitations we desperately want: "Will you marry me?" "Would you consider a promotion?" Other invitations we never want to receive but must respond to all the same: "What treatment do you want for your tumor?" Invitations pound away at the coastlines of the soul with a transforming force. God is also sending invitations. Sometimes they seem less compelling than anythi Some invitations we desperately want: "Will you marry me?" "Would you consider a promotion?" Other invitations we never want to receive but must respond to all the same: "What treatment do you want for your tumor?" Invitations pound away at the coastlines of the soul with a transforming force. God is also sending invitations. Sometimes they seem less compelling than anything on my to-do list. Why would I want to say yes to the invitation to rest when I'm already so far behind? Why follow when I could lead? Why accept invitations to weep or to admit I am wrong or to wait? Saying yes might slow me down, sabotage my agenda and even undo who I think I am. Adele Calhoun, author of the popular Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, offers a book about invitations like these--divine invitations we miss or ignore because we've said yes to going with the cultural flow. While these invitations from God can sometimes be difficult to accept, they can heal and restore even as they shape where we go, what we do and who we become. What we say yes to, what we say no to forms the terrain of our future. Included in this book are reflection questions and exercises as well as overview charts with recommended disciplines to guide you through each theme. As you attend to the often hidden, quiet voice of the Great Inviter, you will find yourself as God created you to be.

58 review for Invitations from God: Accepting God's Offer to Rest, Weep, Forgive, Wait, Remember and More

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lesa Engelthaler

    Grace-filled. Beautifully written. Favorite sentence on healing, "To reflect the life of Jesus means that I gather up my desire, stop loitering around the pool of excuses and offer up my diseased life to his healing cure." Read it! Grace-filled. Beautifully written. Favorite sentence on healing, "To reflect the life of Jesus means that I gather up my desire, stop loitering around the pool of excuses and offer up my diseased life to his healing cure." Read it!

  2. 5 out of 5

    C

    A wonderful read that addresses many challenges familiar to believers, without the shallow association of pop culture and endless anecdotes most modern Christian writers feel the need to include. Can be read on its own or incorporated into devotions or Bible Study.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia Jeronimo

    The power of invitations cannot be underestimated. Everyone wants to be wanted, included and welcomed. Invitations from God covers the most important invitations we can ever receive. God wants us, includes us and welcomes us into his heart and into relationship. Calhoun traces each invitation and shows how it shapes us into the people we were created to be. Rejection of each invitation will therefore, inadvertently, deform us. The chapter on Forgiveness and Remembering are of special note and tr The power of invitations cannot be underestimated. Everyone wants to be wanted, included and welcomed. Invitations from God covers the most important invitations we can ever receive. God wants us, includes us and welcomes us into his heart and into relationship. Calhoun traces each invitation and shows how it shapes us into the people we were created to be. Rejection of each invitation will therefore, inadvertently, deform us. The chapter on Forgiveness and Remembering are of special note and truly soul changing if accepted. A very, very good book to start your year off reading.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael Gehrling

    This is one of the best contemporary book on spiritual formation that I've read. Calhoun does a beautiful job of weaving together biblical truths about God and ourselves, insights into our emotional and psychological realities, and practical 'how to's that will aid anyone in pursuing a deeper spirituality. There are some books like this that I would recommend specifically for "beginners" in pursuing the spiritual life. Other books are more advance. I could see this book being helpful for anyone, This is one of the best contemporary book on spiritual formation that I've read. Calhoun does a beautiful job of weaving together biblical truths about God and ourselves, insights into our emotional and psychological realities, and practical 'how to's that will aid anyone in pursuing a deeper spirituality. There are some books like this that I would recommend specifically for "beginners" in pursuing the spiritual life. Other books are more advance. I could see this book being helpful for anyone, regardless of where they are on the journey.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chris Thompson

    wow! this was a fantastic read. I even re-read a couple of the chapters and will definitely revisit this one again and again!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Steve Penner

    I first read Calhoun in regards to the Enneagram and spiritual growth. Through all nine of the types, she referenced this devotional-style book. So in some ways each of the chapters has an emphasis on one of the nine Enneagram types. But it isn't tied so directly that it wouldn't make a good devotional for general or small group use. The approach of God's invitations I'm sure is certainly not new, but it does offer a fresh take that many will not be familiar with. She is very transparent in her I first read Calhoun in regards to the Enneagram and spiritual growth. Through all nine of the types, she referenced this devotional-style book. So in some ways each of the chapters has an emphasis on one of the nine Enneagram types. But it isn't tied so directly that it wouldn't make a good devotional for general or small group use. The approach of God's invitations I'm sure is certainly not new, but it does offer a fresh take that many will not be familiar with. She is very transparent in her illustrations from her life and helps readers to think through the way accepting an invitation from God of rest, wait, remember, etc. will change our outlook and life. Taste and see that the Lord is good.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Henry

    Invitations from God is an inspiring novel that points to different spiritual disciplines God is inviting us to take part in. I felt especially challenged to accept God's invitations to rest, practice the presence of people, and admit I might be wrong. Author Adele Calhoun is on staff for InterVarsity and has worked in ministry for over forty years, so her experience speaks for itself. Throughout her book, Calhoun shares biblical truths that left me feeling convicted (in a good way!) 10/10 recom Invitations from God is an inspiring novel that points to different spiritual disciplines God is inviting us to take part in. I felt especially challenged to accept God's invitations to rest, practice the presence of people, and admit I might be wrong. Author Adele Calhoun is on staff for InterVarsity and has worked in ministry for over forty years, so her experience speaks for itself. Throughout her book, Calhoun shares biblical truths that left me feeling convicted (in a good way!) 10/10 recommend for anyone who feels stagnant in their relationship with God.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Deirdre

    I liked this. The clarity and simplicity of it, the actual real-life examples, the way Scripture was wound into the whole thing - it was v thought-provoking and v inspiring in many places. Would recommend.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amy Jacobsen

    I enjoyed reading this book as part of my morning devotionals the past few months. The power of an invitation and the response can not be underestimated

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Stoddard

    a very very good book & a breath of fresh air

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Ballard

    Really good...really heavy.... prepare for this to take you months to read or read it a few times!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lyvita

    Although this book is about invitations, but specifically invitations sent to you by God, it’s through the spiritual disciplines that you recognize these invitations. They allow you to be still, to seek God’s presence, and transform your heart as you hang out with Him. This book is a keeper because it allows you to practice what you are learning.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nikole Hahn

    Life Brings Invitations Jesus knew his spiritual journey depended upon responsiveness to God’s invitations. Although his job was the most crucial in human history, Jesus did not get compulsive, preoccupied or unable to practice the presence of God or people. In the midst of interruptions and overwhelming need, Jesus learned how to discern between invitations. – Pg. 18 Resisting the urge to grab my yellow highlighter, I opted instead to bookmark pages with pieces of paper. There were so many quotab Life Brings Invitations Jesus knew his spiritual journey depended upon responsiveness to God’s invitations. Although his job was the most crucial in human history, Jesus did not get compulsive, preoccupied or unable to practice the presence of God or people. In the midst of interruptions and overwhelming need, Jesus learned how to discern between invitations. – Pg. 18 Resisting the urge to grab my yellow highlighter, I opted instead to bookmark pages with pieces of paper. There were so many quotable paragraphs. At times, I even posted a few of those quotes from the book onto my Facebook account. The book hit me in both good and bad ways. First of all, I didn’t agree with what Miroslav Volf said on page 123. She quotes him a lot in the book. I can only assume she agrees when he said, ‘“You organize an act of terror, and we’ll punish you.” It says, “You organize an act of terror and we’ll use the overwhelming military force of a superpower to recast the political landscape of an entire region from whence you came.”’ In this paragraph, he very smartly talks about our reactions to wrong—our disporportionate use of revenge. She writes at the end of page 134, “It (justice mixed with mercy and forgiveness) can be real enough to remake the world.” Volf was incorrect in the statement above obviously mocking America for it’s invasion of Iraq. I wonder what Iraq’s people would say about that? They witnessed genocide, mass grave burials, and harsh dictatorship. Some parents there witnessed their children being killed. We lost about 2,000 of our own people in the attack of 9/11. I believe in forgiveness, but to maintain peace in a fallen world, war is at times necessary. Calhoun reveals her idealism in this chapter. God at times authorized war in the Old Testament. It would be nice if in a perfect world everyone responded to each other Biblically, but as long as we have sin, the world will continue down this path until Jesus’ return. Yet, I do agree with everything else in this book. The attractive layout of this book, cut into eleven invitations, thoroughly explores how we can accept God’s offer to rest, weep, forgive, wait, remember, and more. In fact, I wrote a blog on Chapter 3. Calhoun’s book was like going to God’s Spa. I found rest in her words as I submerged into scripture and the easy way in which she writes—like she is standing there having a conversation with one of her friends. Overall, I gave the book four stars.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    Amazing. Calhoun's exploration of the various invitations God offers to believers is comprehensive, personal, targeted, and well thought out. The format can drive an individual through self examination and map patterns to change. There is enough "I've been there, I know" to prevent the sense of judgment or excessive criticism. Her scripture support, lists, examples, and particularly her conversational tone can cause one to want to participate with God. A must read for believers who are willing t Amazing. Calhoun's exploration of the various invitations God offers to believers is comprehensive, personal, targeted, and well thought out. The format can drive an individual through self examination and map patterns to change. There is enough "I've been there, I know" to prevent the sense of judgment or excessive criticism. Her scripture support, lists, examples, and particularly her conversational tone can cause one to want to participate with God. A must read for believers who are willing to explore and to be explored. Its is especially useful for analytics, and for those who struggle with "how do I do that" when faced with a Jesus command to love, forgive, rest, wait and remember. Highly recommend this reading.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy Young

    I'd read this book a year ago and decided that it would be the professional development book this academic year for the Member Care Specialists I work with. This has been a great book to read in community (glad that I have done it alone AND with a group of folks!). This has been one of the most helpful paradigm shifts in recent years -- the idea of invitation. And whatever I'm facing, whether good, bad, or ugly, can be seen as an invitation from God that can be used in the forming of my spirit/p I'd read this book a year ago and decided that it would be the professional development book this academic year for the Member Care Specialists I work with. This has been a great book to read in community (glad that I have done it alone AND with a group of folks!). This has been one of the most helpful paradigm shifts in recent years -- the idea of invitation. And whatever I'm facing, whether good, bad, or ugly, can be seen as an invitation from God that can be used in the forming of my spirit/personhood.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Greco

    Calhoun's premise is that throughout our lives, perhaps every day of our lives, God is giving us invitations. Invitations to grow. To change. To become more like him. Some of them are obvious and impossible to miss while others are more subtle and require us to be still in order to even notice them. You will find some true gems in the book: Because rest is fundamental to God, it is fundamental to the well-being of all creation. A quick read. Calhoun's premise is that throughout our lives, perhaps every day of our lives, God is giving us invitations. Invitations to grow. To change. To become more like him. Some of them are obvious and impossible to miss while others are more subtle and require us to be still in order to even notice them. You will find some true gems in the book: Because rest is fundamental to God, it is fundamental to the well-being of all creation. A quick read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    Read as participant of a reading group selection. It is structured and flows into our bi-weekly schedule well. A simple read. The part I liked best are tables found in the beginning of each chapter. I used the content for introspection and reflection. My copy is well marked up with highlighters and comments. The content works well for group discussion.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    A nice book about spiritual growth and Christian practices. It's well-written and thoughtful, but it covers ground covered by many other great books, so it gets a 3-star "liked it" rating. This could be a helpful book for a follower of Jesus looking for new ways to grow in their Christian walk. A nice book about spiritual growth and Christian practices. It's well-written and thoughtful, but it covers ground covered by many other great books, so it gets a 3-star "liked it" rating. This could be a helpful book for a follower of Jesus looking for new ways to grow in their Christian walk.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anusha Atukorala

    Good Book. Using it as my Quiet time material to explore God's work in my life in the past as I contemplate future ministry. It's insights and scripture are helping me remember God's goodness and are blessing me. Good Book. Using it as my Quiet time material to explore God's work in my life in the past as I contemplate future ministry. It's insights and scripture are helping me remember God's goodness and are blessing me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Bodi

    I loved this book and will be returning to the questions again and again. My Favorite from TC8-2 thus far.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Burger

    Adele challenges us through God's word to a life of closer walk with Him. Adele challenges us through God's word to a life of closer walk with Him.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Meh

  23. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    Some crucial ideas for living out the faith - especially read the last chapter, "The Most Excellent Way"! We should live by this. Some crucial ideas for living out the faith - especially read the last chapter, "The Most Excellent Way"! We should live by this.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dedo

    This is actually a must-read, particularly for people who may be going through the 'now what' phase after choosing to become Christ-followers. This is actually a must-read, particularly for people who may be going through the 'now what' phase after choosing to become Christ-followers.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Markham

    Great book loaded with practical wisdom

  26. 5 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

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  34. 4 out of 5

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  35. 5 out of 5

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  36. 4 out of 5

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  37. 5 out of 5

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