Mystery in Life

Learning from our Spirituality

by Mark Charles Steffen



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/22/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 188
ISBN : 9781449703165
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 188
ISBN : 9781449703158
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 188
ISBN : 9781449703172

About the Book

In our age of knowledge we can quickly become over-informed while remaining under developed—long on facts but short on understanding; loaded with data but lacking in practical, life-transforming wisdom. This book helps put meat on popular theory-bones by addressing the heart behind the curtain of outward life.
People today seek purpose and meaning, and authentic faith in something larger than themselves that gives hope. Hope leads to healthy human life, which is characterized by joy and wonder. Such healthy life rests on equilibrium between truth and spirit, mind and heart, reason and mystery. But life out of balance is like a wobbly wheel: it seems chaotic and random.
This this book facilitates an awakening to the spiritual aspects of everyday life, and in so doing makes us better able to handle what life throws at us each day. Although we will never fully understand or completely enjoy all the holy mysteries available to us, we can learn to do so more and more, because like life, we are dynamic; we are ever growing, changing and evolving. Readers are led to discover how they can enhance their ability to appreciate and benefit from the mysteries of life. Our world is desperate for hope and joy, which comes from exploring our spirituality. Such hope and joy is available to all!

About the Author

Mark Steffen has served as chaplain in both hospital and hospice settings, and is currently a member of the pastoral care department of University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia, Missouri. As chaplain, he provides spiritual support to patients, and grief and bereavement care to their families and loved ones. “Our spirituality,” states the author, “holds tremendous assistance for coping with life-altering adversities, and for learning to recognize and appreciate the healing balm of mystery in our lives. We can learn how to tap into that healing font.” Mark holds a Master of Divinity degree from Amridge University, Montgomery, Alabama. He and his wife, Rachel, served twenty years in northern Luzon, Philippines as church planters and Bible translators for a small tribal group, and as consultants to other translators. They have four grown children and six grandchildren, and currently reside at the Lake of the Ozarks.