The topic will bring us back to our original ways of learning about God from our parents, our schools, our churches, anyone or anything that might’ve been an influence to us on how we got to know our God. Our images of God are rooted in our earlier formative experiences. If you were bullied during your early years, you might look at God as a bully without being conscious of it.
It is important that we explore our private images of God because it can have an impact on our behavior and keep us locked up in self destructive situations. When our images of God are distorted, we can have a difficult relationship with God, like Jonah we may not know that we are unconsciously running away from God, or trying so hard to perform for God because that’s how we used to get our blessings when we were younger, we needed to perform.
We together with the author delve into chapter 3:for example: Seeing with the heart, a term coined by Ignatius of Loyola in the 15th Century. The author maintains the healing power of the imagination to both reshape our images of God and our images of self, and consequently our relationship with God is a tool in formation. If you think you’re stuck in your spiritual journey, this may be for you as the book may open areas in your relationship with God that you have not been aware of.
Let us not fall short of feeling God’s compassionate Love for us. In order to not fail on this Wilkie and Noreen Au invite us to contemplate the life of Jesus and notice His compassionate response to human suffering. By truly understanding this compassion we adjust what we have originally learned to the who the true and loving God is to us today.
Through this book retreat we will learn about ourselves, our feelings and our behaviors. It will benefit anyone who is seeking to be formed and is serious about wanting to follow God. It will allow you to see what is hindering you from shedding those distorted images which become hurdles towards your relationship with God and others.
In order that we may see our God as the gentle, Father, shepherd, comforter, healer helper, counselor. We need to be authentic about our experiences of how we relate with our God and understand how we sometimes limit this relationship by limiting God’s capacity.