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Just As You Are

Author(s): Paul Coutinho

ISBN13: 9780829437614

ISBN10: 0829437614

Publisher: Loyola Press (31 Dec 2012)

Extent: 192 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 1.8 x 13.5 x 21 cm

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  • Many of us go through life thinking and acting as though we can somehow, in some way, earn Gods love and favor. If only we do this, or that, or both, or more, God just might offer us at least a small bit of Divine approval or acceptance. Eventually realizing the impossibility of "getting right" with God through our own efforts, and tired of futilely going round and round in spiritual circles, we may even be inclined to permanently turn away from the Divine.

     

     In Just as You Are, Paul Coutinho, SJ, helps us move forward in the knowledge that God does love us at all times and simply asks us to embrace that amazing love and live in it on a daily basis.

     

    Table of Contents:

     

    Introduction: A Note to the Reader

     

    Part 1 Seduced by God

    God-an Experience

    Involution and Evolution

    Are You in Love-or Is It an Infatuation?

    Stories of Being Seduced by God

    Jeremiah, the Brokenhearted Prophet

    Adam and Eve, The First Seduction

    Abraham, the Settled One Uprooted

    Moses, the Curious One

    Mary, the Blessed One Who Believed

    You Need a Burning Desire

    A Sincere Decision Is Better Than the Right Decision

    Obstacles to Love: Sin

    Through Our Root Sin to Our Root Grace

    Another Obstacle to Love: Attachment

    Two Misunderstood Spiritual Tools

    Whats Your Focus-Your Rock or Your Garden?

    Pain Is a Fact of Life, Misery Is a State of Mind

    Reinforcing a Divine Experience to Nurture It

     

    Part 2 Romancing God

    The Desert Experience

    Are You Finding God in Life-or Are You Encountering God in Your Life?

    Prayer: The Language of Divine Romance

    What Happens When God Finds You Deepening the Divine Romance

    Three Paradigms of Prayer

    The First Paradigm: From Talking to Silence

    The Second Paradigm: Stages of a Love Relationship

    The Third Paradigm: Mind, Heart, and Consciousness

    Finding Your Identity, Encountering God

    Getting Better and Better, Doing the Same Thing

    No Law above the Law of Love

    Love, and Do What You Want

    Loving God, a Way of Life

     

    Part 3 Being in Love with God

    Being in Love with the Divine

    Letting Go

    Make Gratitude Your Personal Attitude

    When Youre in Love, You Need Not Know the Purpose of Your Life

    The Goal of Life Is Not to Be a Good Person

    How Do You Know When You Have Fallen in Love with God?

    Lost in the Being and Essence of the Divine

     

    Conclusion: The Infinite Possibilities from Being in Love with the Divine

    About the Author

  • Paul Coutinho


    Paul Coutinho, SJ, is an internationally recognized Ignatian scholar with a doctorate in historical theology from St. Louis University. A native of India and a Jesuit from the Bombay province, he brings an Eastern influence to Western spirituality. He is the author of An Ignatian Pathway and How Big Is Your God?


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