Ep. #20: How Sitting Quietly In God’s Presence Can Change Your Life w/ Dr. Brian Russell

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. In this episode, Dr. Brain Russell (Author, Professor of Biblical Studies, Spiritual Growth Coach) and I discuss some of the amazing insights and teachings from his upcoming book, Centering Prayer: How Sitting Quietly In God’s Presence Can Change Your Life (available Sept. 2021). The heart of The Centering Prayer is to sit quietly, focus attention on a particular word, and ultimately connect with life/reality beyond thought. Through a meditation practice, one is able to connect deeply with God – the transcendent source and essence of life itself. To sit in God’s presence is to sit in connection with Being – to experience the majesty of the present moment. All too often we get lost in our thoughts and judgements about ourselves, other people, and the world around us. However, thought is not the be-all and end-all of life – far from it, in fact. Everyone can learn to disidentify their thoughts from their true self and, in doing so, discover the true meaning of Love and God. Although this process of discovery can be challenging and uncomfortable at times, if you embrace it and practice it regularly, you will find that all areas of your life will transform and become empowered. 

Dr Brian Russell

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. He is also host of the Deep Dive Spirituality Conversations podcast.

Pre-order Brian’s book, Centering Prayer: How Sitting Quietly In God’s Presence Can Change Your Life (available Sept. 2021)

A new, but ancient, way to pray can turn your life around. Discover how to experience God’s love at your core, freeing you to love others, and even yourself. 

When biblical scholar and coach Brian Russell discovered centering prayer at a difficult crossroad in his life, he had no idea how his life would change. “Sensing God’s love for me has been so transformational that it almost feels as though I’ve experienced conversion all over again,” he writes. He became calmer, less anxious, less reactive, freed of past wounds, and a better listener in the presence of others. 

Centering prayer, also known as the prayer of silence, helps you quiet your mind from the constant thoughts and impulses, and frees your true self to experience more of God’s love in the very core of your being.  

This inviting guide gives you practical tools to make centering prayer a consistent habit in your life, gives the history and theological foundation for the practice, and helps identify and overcome common obstacles. Beginners, as well as seasoned practitioners, will gain inspiration, rich insight, and practical knowledge of a contemplative prayer practice that can open you up to deep experiences of inner peace.” – Amazon

Dr Brian’s Podcast: The Deep Dive Spirituality Conversations Podcast

Episode 78: Beth Fisher–Remorseless: A Journey to Finding Your True Self The Deep Dive Spirituality Conversations Podcast

In this week’s episode, Beth Fisher takes us on a deep dive into issues of identity. Our conversation finds its roots in her outstanding book Remorseless: Learning to Lose Labels, Expectations, and Assumptions Without Losing Yourself. Beth Fisher is a motivational speaker and life coach and holds two master's degrees in theology. An avid marathoner, she and her family live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Buy Beth’s Books: Remorseless: Learning to Lose Labels, Expectations, and Assumptions Without Losing Yourself https://amzn.to/3n41p9p Remorseless Workshop: A Journey to Losing Labels, Expectations, and Assumptions–And Finding Yourself https://amzn.to/3jbmDkr Books Recommended by Beth: Geisler/Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist https://amzn.to/2YXlPIR Barbara Brown Taylor, Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others https://amzn.to/3DL5GVV Richard Rohr, The Wisdom Pattern: Order, Chaos, Reorder  https://amzn.to/2YTu217 Connect with Beth Fisher: http://www.bethfisher.com Twitter @bethfish_author  Instagram @bethfisher_author   Connect with Brian Russell: Information about Brian’s latest book Centering Prayer: Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence Can Change Your Life http://www.centeringprayerbook.com or order: https://amzn.to/3pDpN2E . For group discounts, contact Sr. Estelle at Paracletepress.com Twitter: @briandrussell Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife Coaching for Pastors: http://www.deepdivespirituality.com Business and Life Coaching: http://www.brianrussellphd.com Brian Russell’s Book on the Missional Interpretation of Scripture: (Re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World https://amzn.to/3qln258 Links to Amazon are affiliate links. Dr. Russell receives a small payment if you order resources through these links. There is no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting the podcast through your purchases. Please tell your friends about the Deep Dive Spirituality Pod/Videocast. It's also available on Spotify, Podbean, and iTunes.
  1. Episode 78: Beth Fisher–Remorseless: A Journey to Finding Your True Self
  2. Episode 77 Dr. Ken Collins on Jesus the Stranger: The Man from Galilee and the Light of the World
  3. Episode 76 Dr. Joshua McNall on Perhaps: Reclaiming the Space between Doubt and Dogmatism
  4. Episode 75 Dr. Brian Russell on How God Uses Silent Meditative Prayer (Centering Prayer) to Transform Us
  5. Episode 74 Marnie Swedberg on Dynamic Speaking, Growth, and Goal Achieving for Christians

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