Forty Days to a Life That Breaks Down Walls
by Chris Altrock
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Pub Date 20 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 15 Apr 2021
Abilene Christian University Press & Leafwood Publishers, Leafwood Publishers
Our walls come in different shapes and sizes: guilt, prejudice, racism, shame, and disconnection. In time, we become separated from God, divided from each other, and reach a point where we don’t even know ourselves. It was never the plan for us to live behind these barriers, but we will unless we follow the way of Jesus and break out.
Join Chris on a forty-day journey and explore twenty spiritual practices that offer a significant series of solutions to the division and polarization experienced by so many. Chris will also help you explore the care and love of self, an often-neglected part of spirituality. Discover how you can actually relate to God, build loving relationships with others, and come to know your true self.
There is no reason to be alone anymore. It’s time to break down the walls.
“Chris Altrock calls us beyond the empty calories of “love and unity” towards courageous disciplines that help break down the dividing walls that have existed in the American church since the first day Europeans stepped foot on this soil. Buttressed by a robust Christology and deep respect for scripture, this book will help shatter the platitudes and false idols that have kept us from difficult conversations about ourselves, our neighbors, and the claim of the Gospel upon our lives.”
—Geoff Mitchell, Senior Pastor, Lindenwood Christian Church, Memphis, TN
“If you’re not familiar with Chris Altrock’s work in the area of spiritual direction, you’ve been missing out! In Undivided, Chris provides both the practical tools and the motivation to delve into the spiritual disciplines. A wonderful storyteller and teacher, Chris has put his heart into this book. Whether it’s your first time, or you’re needing some refreshment for your soul, you’ll be so encouraged by Chris’ plan for putting these spiritual disciplines into practice.
—Sally Gary, MA, JD, Director of CenterPeace, Inc.
“Scripture’s drumbeat of love punctuates the journey of this book. Drawing from the ancient disciplines of the church, Altrock guides us through forty days of connecting more deeply with God and more closely with our neighbor. But make no mistake—this book requires work on your own soul—work no one else can do but you. And when you do, your instinct will be to love the most difficult person in the room—even when that person is you.”
—Ryan Starr, Senior Pastor, Kingsway Christian Church, Memphis, TN
“In a world where walls that divide and exclude get higher and higher, Altrock offers twenty disciplines that tear down those walls and build bridges. There is so much to like in Undivided. It’s founded on this solid principle—that Jesus’ first command was to love; consequently, we cannot treat this as a secondary concern. Along the way Altrock draws on so many of the spiritual giants of the Christian faith from Ignatius of Loyola to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and on literary masterpieces of world-class authors like Toni Morrison and Karl Ove Knausgaard. Altrock, himself the master of alliteration and the memorable phrase, embeds these transformative spiritual practices into our minds and hearts. His section on Sacred Pathways offers some of the most needed perspective on and finest insight into spirituality I’ve found in many years.”
—Dale Pauls, minister emeritus, Stamford Church of Christ, Stamford, CT
“Undivided teaches how to live a life of compassion and mindfulness of God’s constant presence. A compelling walk through Spiritual disciplines which will lead to a deeper, richer love relationship with God, others and yourself. It will enrich your life and is a must read for individuals and groups alike.”
—Jan Lira, Women’s minister and Spiritual Director
“Chris is an experienced guide in the arena of Christian spiritual disciplines. This current work is a product of his living through a year of world crisis and division that demonstrates that he not only knows these practices but incorporates them into his life. Undivided: Twenty Disciplines that Destroy the Walls that Divide joins his other offerings that lay down a path to a more intimate relationship with God. I highly recommend this book for enrichment in the journey of any faithful follower of Christ.”
—Jackie L. Halstead, PhD, CEO, Selah Center for Spiritual Formation