Welcome to the second edition of our new journal, a forum for the creation of a community in dialogue about spirituality in its many forms. Our intention is to present a journal that contains articles related to spiritual development, psychology, arts, teaching, holistic healing - a base for people to write about their spiritual backgrounds, and to focus on how they bring their spiritual beliefs into practice - a lived spirituality
This work examines how the individual player moves toward a religious enlightenment through sport. It argues that this spiritual enlightenment is uniquely her or his own without the trappings of doctrinal creeds or traditional religious discourse. The spiritual dimension of sport is examined from a 'non-confessional' point of view (unique human experience per se is emphasized); no association with any religion needs to be made. This is in contrast to a 'confessional' approach to sport and spirituality studies (understandings of sport within specific religious traditions). How does sport serve as spiritual practice in the life of the individual, especially for the person who may not actually have any religious affiliation? Among sports included in the book are sky diving, motorcycle riding, long distance running, spelunking, scuba diving and solo sailing. Each sporting orbit or topos is then amplified by analogy with myths and rituals from world religions where applicable. Autobiographical testimonies of sporting people are used to suggest how sport can be bonafide spiritual practice. The argument is that lives are empowered not by brute strength and tenacity alone, but also by sustaining personal coherence within the lived experience of one's sporting activities.
Readers will experience the genuine Gospel and will travel through a true life story to witness that what appears to be a hopeless situation can turn out to be for eternal good. They will see how self-deception led me down a path of initial pleasure and then deeper into intense suffering. They will witness Satan's desperate attempt to destroy my soul.
The power of God is in this testimony; it has been shared with thousands of deceived and despairing people, who as a result have turned away from Satan and toward the power of love found in Jesus. This is where they have experienced healing, restoration, and salvation.
This power-packed guide will help equip readers to discern and defeat Satan's strategies, rely on divine power and practical tools, and find a true place of spiritual refuge in Jesus.
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