Saturday, January 10, 2009
Today, one of my former students in the International On-line Certificate Program in Spirituality Studies, sent me his latest book. It is called Spiritual Formation on the Run: Meditations to Grow the Busy Life by Alex Tang. The book was published in Singapore in 2009 and I have received an autographed copy. That is fast work, but Alex was always so efficient and able to do the work of several. Here is what the back cover says about him and his book:
"Alex is a consultant paediatrician in private practice and director of Kairos Spiritual Formation Ministries in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. He earned his medical degrees from Malaysia and the United Kingdom, and his theological degrees fro Malaysia and the United States. Alex is active as a Bible teacher, preacher, blogger, spiritual director and writer. His personal passion is to nurture disciples of Jesus Christ to develop informed minds, hearts on fire and contemplative actions. Alex is married with two daughters."
About the book: "Many of us live life on the run. But busyness is not an excuse to neglect the spiritual formation of our souls. In fact, the busier we are, the more we need spiritual formation. This book allows us to practice lectio divina, which is the Latin for "spiritual reading". Lectio divina opens us up to the work of the Holy Spirt in our lives and instills in us the disciplines of reading, listening, meditating, praying, and contemplation.
Short and crisp, the meditations and stories in this practical and thought-provoking book will give you focus in your life, rejuvenate your soul and draw you closer to God. Topics covered include: choose to grow, know His love, yield to His rule, a Christian on the run, a Church in the world, heroes and superheroes, tales from the monastery, and windows to my soul."
I am beginning to read this book at once; I know it will make me think and reflect and also that it will be interesting as I have read other books and reflections by Dr. Alex Tang. I have no hesitation about adding this book to my list of books for Spiritual Reading.