Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock
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From the author of In the Arms of Mary and God Alone Suffices comes another profound book about the interior life. Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock is the fruit of S.C. Biela's many years of deep reflections and insights regarding the Christian spiritual life. In it he expounds on and explains various stages of interior life. For this very reason his book can be beneficial for both the beginners in spiritual life, as well as those who are more advanced, leading them on their road to transforming union with Christ. The fourth book in this series, Open Wide the Door to Christ, demonstrates the importance of spiritual poverty on this road.
“…In a time when self-affirmation and positive thinking have become the current values, it is easy to justify self-love with many psychological theories. Yet, Biela's analysis goes beyond mere psychology – it calls us to a reassessment of our core values, our idea of self, and above all, our relationship with God. An honest discernment gives us a clearer understanding of our selves and helps us to accept our own limitations. It will lead us to embrace the Person who can truly heal our inadequacies and place our self in its proper relation to reality. It is by going through the painful process of knowing ourselves that we can say with St. Paul, 'what I am now, I am through the grace of God…' (1 Cor. 15:10).
I hope this work of S.C. Biela will lead many others to a greater appreciation of themselves and a greater openness to the Lord who continues to knock on our doors.”
--Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal, Archbishop of Cebu
“With great joy I again consent to write this foreword for Dr. Slawomir Biela's new book [Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock]. I have done this in the past and I have no doubts in stating that he is one of the most significant and original authors of spiritual topics in our times. I believe that this author should be included in what we could call the spirit and method of a broad group of Polish thinkers. This group, to which Karol Cardinal Wojtyla belonged as master and inspiration in the period when he was Archbishop of Krakow, has a very compelling method. This method consists of choosing a biblical excerpt, deepening it and drawing from it conclusions for spiritual life, comparing and contrasting its message with the events of our times. It is an actualization of the traditional 'lectio sacra,' of so much importance for Christian spirituality and especially for monastic life. The fact that it is not a clergyman or a monk, but a layperson, who accomplishes this with such depth as Dr. Biela, is also a sign of our times.”
--Ricardo Maria Cardinal Carles Gordo, Archbishop Emeritus of Barcelona
“This book is a very interesting and inspirational read. It is written from a Catholic perspective but it applies to all people in the world. In this book the author discusses how Jesus stands at the door to our soul and knocks. He says that to receive God into our souls we must listen for His knocking and open the door. God will not force us to do this...This book gives a person from beginner to the older Christian a lot of spiritual guidance. It gives you a lot to think about and try to follow. It is a wonderful spiritual resource for any Christian. It is very thought provoking.” (Complete review posted at www.spiritrestoration.org)
--Jacqueline Bethune, from Emmanuel Lutheran Church in York, Nebraska.
“Biela encourages a brave childlike soul to traverse the journey that many are not willing to undertake because of the attachment to the ego. To boldly go with trust and confidence into uncharted areas known only to God. This journey is a lifelong personal process of 'dying to self.'”
--Jim Benefield, MspEd, MA, MPC, DAPA, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Slawomir Cezary Biela was born in Poland in 1956. He studied at the Warsaw University of Technology, where he earned his Doctorate in Physics. He also studied at the Papal Faculty of Theology in Warsaw, especially in the field of the Theology of Spirituality. From 1977 until recently S.C. Biela cooperated very closely with Rev. Tadeusz Dajczer, Professor of Theology, widely considered to have been the founder of the world-wide Families of Nazareth Movement.
Also by this author:
Gift Set - 3 paperback books of your choice by Biela
In the Arms of Mary - paperback
The Two Pillars - paperback
Open Wide the Door To Christ - paperback
God Alone Suffices - hardcover 1st edition
God Alone Suffices - paperback 3rd edition