Lent Book Study

About the Book Study

This year we will be discussing, “Simple Faith,” by Margaret Silf. 

Beginning February 24 and continuing for five weeks, we will meet via Zoom at 6:15 PM before the Lenten services. If you are interested in participating, please email Kristi Ferguson at fergusonjk1@hotmail.com or call 319-351-3714 to make arrangements for getting the book.

About the Book

For many people, faith is based on creeds, doctrine, and head knowledge. It's about mastering the "facts" and making sure you give the "right" answer when any spiritual question is asked. But best-selling author Margaret Silf believes that faith is not about mastery but about mystery, and that living in that mystery allows us to focus much less on religion and much more on relationship--a relationship with the Divine.

In Simple Faith, Silf encourages us to rethink many of the teachings on faith that end up holding us back from experiencing the joy and freedom that a simple faith offers. 

Silf's overall message is very clear--faith is not knowing about God, but coming to know God, and that knowing this God requires us to accept the mystery that is GodThe book

For many people, faith is based on creeds, doctrine, and head knowledge. It's about mastering the "facts" and making sure you give the "right" answer when any spiritual question is asked. But best-selling author Margaret Silf believes that faith is not about mastery but about mystery, and that living in that mystery allows us to focus much less on religion and much more on relationship--a relationship with the Divine.

In Simple Faith, Silf encourages us to rethink many of the teachings on faith that end up holding us back from experiencing the joy and freedom that a simple faith offers. 

Silf's overall message is very clear--faith is not knowing about God, but coming to know God, and that knowing this God requires us to accept the mystery that is God

About the Author

Margaret Silf was born and raised in South Yorkshire, U.K. She was baptized a Methodist, joined the Anglican Church at 15, and was received into the Roman Catholic faith at 20. She experienced a genuine return to God, however, in her mid-30s, aided by a Jesuit. In the 1990s she studied with the Jesuits of the British Province and began incorporating Ignatian spiritual practices into her daily life.

Formerly a technical writer for the computer industry in Great Britain, Silf took early retirement to devote more of her time to creative forms of writing, accompanying others in their prayer journeys and leading retreats. Her writing springs from personal prayer and is an expression of her own journey with God.

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