API ONE The basic curriculum teaches praying Scripture, breath prayer, matching needs to Scripture, creating a time line of significant life events, reflecting on our faith journey, and the art of soul friendship, or prayerful listening. The focus is on gaining a basic skill set of contemplative practices. It might be described like this: “Awakening the Soul to God’s Presence and Purpose for Your Life”

The reading list for API ONE is:

He Wakens Me: How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Pray by Dr. Wes Johnson

Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home by Richard J. Foster

When the Soul Listens by Jan Johnson

The Lord’s Prayer Alive in You by Dennis Fuqua

A Sacred Sorrow: Reaching Out to God in the Lost Language of Lament by Michael Card

Letters by a Modern Mystic by Frank Laubach

 

API TWO The focus for API TWO will be on putting our deeper connection with God into action. Each student will plan and carry out a prayer centered project, assist with instruction at one API One seminar and one retreat, and deliver two book reports. The theme for API TWO is: “Inward, Upward, Outward: Growing as Contemplative Activators.”

The reading list for API TWO is:

He Wakens Me: How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Pray by Dr. Wes Johnson

Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home by Richard J. Foster

Holy Invitations by Jeanette Bakke

Wounded Heroes: The Secrets of Charles Spurgeon, Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, C.S. Lewis,               Isobel Kuhn, Ruth Bell Graham, and Others Who Triumphed over Pain by Elizabeth Ruth Skoglund

Sanctuary of the Soul: Journey into Meditative Prayer by Richard Foster

Connections: Finding the Mentoring Relationships You Need to Succeed by Paul Stanley and Robert Clinton

Reader’s Choice selections will also be discussed.

Readings lists are subject to change.