65 minutes | Jun 25, 2021

Fear, Shame, and Centering Prayer with Dr. Brian Russell

Welcome to Wondering Free, a podcast designed to create more space in our spiritual lives and to explore how our practices, experiences, and beliefs shape our relationships with God, each other, and the world around us. We are free to ask big questions. We are free to look beyond ourselves and our comfort zones. We are all free to wonder.In this episode, Dr. Brian Russell and I invite you into our conversation on Centering Prayer, Fear, Guilt, Shame, and Love. We talk a bit about the theological, biblical, and historical bases for silent prayer, the effects of shame, guilt, and fear on our relationships, and, finally, how a practice like Centering Prayer can lead to transformation and freedom to be our true selves as God sees us. Throughout the conversation, we refer to Brian's new book, available for pre-order, Centering Prayer: How Sitting Quietly in God's Presence Can Change Your Life.Guest Bio: Brian Russell (Ph.D.) is an award winning professor of biblical studies and a transformational coach for pastors and spiritually-minded professionals. His personal mission is to seek out, study, and embody the deepest truths about God so that he can share them compellingly, lovingly, and transformationally with others. He is the author of Invitation: A Bible Study to Begin With (Seedbed 2014), (re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World (Cascade 2015); and the forthcoming Centering Prayer: How Sitting Quietly in God's Presence Can Change Your Life (releasing 9/14/21 from Paraclete Press--preorder via Amazon or signup for updates: www.centeringprayerbook.com). He is also host of the Deep Dive Spirituality Conversations podcast.Connecting with Brian:Twitter: @briandrussellInstagram: @yourprofessorforlifeLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianrussellphd/ Coaching for Pastors: www.deepdivespirituality.comBusiness and Life Coaching: www.drbrianrussellcoaching.com Podcast: deepdivespirituality.podbean.com
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