The Cycle of Grace
Living in Sacred BalanceTrevor Hudson, Jerry P. Haas • January 2013
Are you soul-weary? Do you struggle to make time for God in the midst of a packed schedule? Or do you sometimes stay so busy doing things for God that you can't relax and just "be"?
Jesus faced amazing pressure and overwhelming demands throughout his ministry, but he did not experience the burnout so common today among Christian ministers and laypersons.
You can learn the rhythm of living that Jesus demonstrates — the Cycle of Grace — throughout the Gospels. Use this workbook and accompanying video about the Cycle of Grace either individually or in a small group.
The Cycle of Grace examines 4 components of a grace-filled life:
Trevor Hudson, a dynamic pastor, author, and speaker, introduces each part of the Cycle of Grace in a short video segment (available on YouTube). The video segments are titled as follows:
In the workbook Jerry Haas provides practical exercises for individuals and groups, complete with suggestions for journaling and preparing for group sessions.
This 6-week study will help you
- know that God loves you
- nurture your spiritual life
- understand who you are called to be in the world
- learn how to restore balance to your life
The workbook includes a Leader's Guide and several useful appendixes. A must-have resource for clergy and lay leaders, The Cycle of Grace is also an excellent text for seminary and college classes preparing students for ministry.
Jerry P. Haas is executive director of Border Community Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising cross-border awareness and fostering binational relations along the Arizona/Sonora, Mexico border. Before assuming this role, he served as director of the Academy for Spiritual Formation and spiritual director of The Upper Room (1999–2012). He pastored churches in California and Arizona for 25 years before moving to Nashville, Tennessee. Jerry is the coauthor of The Cycle of Grace: Living in Sacred Balance (with Trevor Hudson) and Shaping a Life of Significance for Retirement (with Jack Hansen). He was project coordinator for Upper Room Worshipbook: Music and Liturgies for Spiritual Formation. Jerry and his wife, Donna, live in the Tucscon, Arizona, area.
Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1229-0
EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1202-3
Imprint: Upper Room
Pub Date: January 2013
Trim Size: 7 in (w) x 10 in (h) x 0.234 in (d)
Page Count: 112
BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Adult
—Bo Prosser Coordinator for Missional Congregations Cooperative Baptist Fellowship [Alternative endorsement by Bo Prosser, depending on the target] This is not another program; Lord knows we don't need another program. What we do need is an approach to sacred living that helps us achieve vitality in our spirituality. This is what Trevor and Jerry have prepared for us! As you enter into this cycle of living into sacred balance, you begin to discern life in a variety of ways. You begin to know Jesus in ways you've only hoped for. And, you begin to know, truly know that you are a child of our Heavenly Parent, God.
—Bo Prosser Coordinator for Missional Congregations Cooperative Baptist Fellowship