Lynne Baab • Tuesday September 26 2023
“The most salient social feature of the pandemic was how it forced people into isolation; for those fortunate enough not to lose a loved one, the major trauma it created was loneliness. Instead of coming together, emerging evidence suggests that we are in the midst of a long-term crisis of habitual loneliness, in which relationships were severed and never reestablished.” —Arthur C. Brooks, “How we Learned to be Lonely,” The Atlantic, January 5, 2023
Arthur Brooks is a Harvard professor who teaches a popular class about happiness, based on sociological and psychological research. He believes that for many of us, the pandemic taught...Read full article »
Lynne Baab • Wednesday September 20 2023
Imagine a scene where you are talking to someone you don’t know well. Perhaps it’s coffee hour at church, a neighborhood event, or a work or school setting. You’ve never had an extended one-on-one conversation with this person before, but in this moment, no one interrupts you, and you find yourself talking at length. They listen so well that you find yourself talking about something you’re upset about. As the conversation draws to a close, you realize that some of the burden of frustration has been lifted. You feel heard by someone who understands.
How does your companion indicate that they are...Read full article »
Lynne Baab • Tuesday September 12 2023
A dozen years ago, Josh had three good friends. Josh had recently retired, and he was happy with the friendship rhythm in his new pattern of life. One of his friends arranged a tennis foursome most Friday afternoons. After playing tennis, the four men drank tea or beer and chatted for an hour. Another friend was a walker. He and Josh took a long walk two or three times a month and prayed together afterward. Josh's third friend was an amazing listener. His job involved long drives to do fairly brief tasks on the other end, and sometimes he invited Josh...Read full article »
Lynne Baab • Tuesday September 5 2023
“I am trying to learn from a Congolese pastor at my church who reminds us, ‘We are human beings, not human doings.’ Yes, there is a rhythm between being and doing. Thank you for the reminder that the being comes first. Inhale, then exhale.”
My friend John wrote that comment on Facebook in response to my post a few weeks ago about the purpose of Christian meditation. Oddly, the same day that I saw his words, I had a conversation with my friend Lisa who said similar words about that particular blog post. Lisa said we have to be careful in approaching...Read full article »
Lynne Baab • Friday August 11 2023By Lynne M. Baab
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Lynne Baab • Saturday October 9 2021By Lynne M. Baab. Originally published in Christianity Today, July 8, 2021
Lynne M. Baab, Ph.D., is a teacher and writer. She has written numerous books, Bible study guides, and articles for magazines and journals. Lynne is passionate about prayer and other ways to draw near to God, and her writing conveys encouragement for readers to be their authentic selves before God. She encourages experimentation and lightness in Christians spiritual practices. Read more »
Lynne is pleased to announce the release of her book on grief and gratitude, designed to help people grieving from anything, including the pandemic, while also desiring to notice God's good gifts. Two Hands: Grief and Gratitude in the Christian Life is available in paperback, audiobook, and for kindle. Lynne's 2018 book is Nurturing Hope: Christian Pastoral Care for the Twenty-First Century, and her best-selling book is Sabbath-Keeping: Finding Freedom in the Rhythms of Rest (now available as an audiobook as well as paperback and kindle). You can see her many other book titles here, along with her Bible study guides.
Lynne recently spoke about bringing spiritual practices to life.
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"Dear Dr. Baab, You changed my life. It is only through God’s gift of the sabbath that I feel in my heart and soul that God loves me apart from anything I do."
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