Retreats: Retreats include teachings on prayer and the spiritual life balanced with times for silent reflection and journal keeping. The retreats are designed for deepening relationship with God through scripture meditation, contemplative prayer, silence and solitude. Practical suggestions are given for wherever you are on the spiritual journey.
Spiritual Direction:"Spiritial direction is help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God's personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God and to live out the consequences of the relationship." (Wm. Barry & Wm. Connolly; The Practice of Spiritual Direction)
Joann has a few openings for spiritual direction. She may be contacted for a discernment conversation at firstname.lastname@example.org
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
Joann Nesser invites readers to journey into that silence where God is known in love. She speaks to the faithful, praying, serving Christian who seems to have lost all energy and desire for spiritual life. It gives the reader hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel. It encourages the person to see this as a time of spiritual deepening and an invitation from God to deeper love and a more contemplative way of prayer and life.
Written to help those who have been Christian for a time and find their prayer life is empty and dry, Nesser takes an inviting look at contemplative prayer in a way that stirs the desire for a deeper prayer life. The book includes simple teachings on prayer and gives readers a deep understanding of the dynamics of the spiritual journey. Select chapters in the book include suggestions for reflection that will help readers absorb and experience prayer rather that just reading about prayer.
"In our love relationship with God, prayer is our communication and our conversation with the One who loves us and who desires us to love in return. Prayer is so much more than making requests. It is a sharing of our spirit with the Eternal Spirit who has created us. In this relationship, as in any relationship, the partners share their deepest feelings and their most precious secrets. God desires to hear our deepest feelings and thoughts, and will share deep feelings and thoughts with us."
In these inspirational talks, originally given on retreat, Joann Nesser teaches us that a relationship with God in prayer is not an escape from reality but a journey into reality. The reality is an experiential awareness of God lavish, unconditional love that gives us the courage to be our best and most real selves. This courage and love leads us to love others, even those who are different then our selves. In a rapidly changing world we can become afraid of what we don’t know. Loving and being loved by God helps us live fully into the unknown future of our lives.
Scripture Meditations CD
This CD is in response to people who over the years have asked for recorded meditations to guide them with their personal prayer. It is designed to assist those who want to deepen their relationship with God through contemplative prayer and silence. The CD consists of guided meditations and improvisational guitar, with suggestions for entering silent prayer and journal keeping. Those that have used the CD have found it helpful for deepening their prayer as well as relieving stress. Others have used it to help people in pain or sickness to pray and to bring comfort. It has been used to help children fall asleep when they are afraid. Instructions are included. To order email email@example.com