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Seven Pathways

Ancient Practices for a Deeper Relationship with God

Published by Forefront Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Seven Pathways creates discipline and daily habits for spending meaningful time with God and builds peaceful margin in your day, so that you are refreshed and equipped to handle life’s difficulties.

Do you long for the presence of God?

Many people desire a deeper relationship with God but have no idea how to find it. The Bible seems overwhelming. Prayers seem unanswered. The bewildering landscape of podcasts, Bible studies, and sermons only adds to the confusion. Even long-term Christians often struggle to know God intimately and feel his presence.

You are not alone.

In Seven Pathways, Mary Carmen Englert guides you through the simple spiritual practices that lead to a deeper relationship with the Creator.

When a freak accident plunged Mary Carmen into a life of chronic pain, which now appears to be from a rare cancerous tumor-acinic cell cancer that was found during the editing of this book, she struggled to carry on a relationship with God. Yet day by day, she pursued him through the practice of gratitude. From there, God drew her closer through prayer, reading Scripture, song, and other simple spiritual disciplines. As her body struggles to recover, her spirit is strengthened to endure this journey and enjoy a renewed relationship with God.

Seven Pathways is a spiritual journey you can take, starting right where you are, to know God better and more fully than ever before. You will:

· Experience the exceeding benefits of practicing gratitude regardless of your circumstance.

· Begin to hear the voice of God speaking to you through Scripture.

· Find your voice in speaking your heart to God in prayer and discover a practical weekly prayer plan.

· Refresh and realign your thoughts through soul-enriching music before a noisy crowd of stressors invade.

· Gain basic insights for digging deeper into Bible study and acquire confidence that the Bible is a trusted source about God.

· Rediscover the lost art of Christian meditation and its power to release greater peace and wisdom by meditating on God’s Word.

These historical Christian practices are integrated into a simple, creative, daily discipline to help you experience the presence of God in your everyday life.

Join me and get in stride with God’s voice through creating a regular rhythm in spending time with him through the Seven Pathways journey.

About The Author

Mary Carmen Englert (TH. M., Dallas Theological Seminary; M. Ed., Vanderbilt University; B. S., Baylor University) is a native Nashvillian and worked as an elementary and middle school teacher and in sales and marketing in the New York City fashion industry. Mary Carmen served on the women’s ministry team of Priority Associates in New York City and taught Bible studies, facilitated Bible Study Fellowship groups. She loves speaking about gratitude, prayer, perseverance, the role of spiritual disciplines, and about the faithfulness and beauty of God. She is the founder and President of Seven Pathways. She created the Seven Pathways approach for connecting with God and guides readers to discover, learn, and set their own cadence while experiencing these seven ancient and timeless practices through Bible study plans, meditations, and other resources. She is a sunset chaser and joy seeker, even when darkness tries to fade the light.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Forefront Books (August 1, 2023)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781637631591

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Raves and Reviews

Seven Pathways will impact the world in a similar way as Henry Blackaby’s Experiencing God. Spending time with Seven Pathways and in silence before the Lord will deepen your faith and draw you closer to the Lord. Readers will enjoy the journey through the Seven Pathways.”

– Dr. Bill Taylor, former director of Sunday School for Lifeway Christian Resources, president of Unlimited Partnerships Inc. author of 21 Truths, Traditions & Trends

“Increased intimacy with God is a goal most Christians desire, but in the busyness of modern life, with a host of distractions and responsibilities, many people are unable to find the time to take the task seriously. After a debilitating injury, the author chose to respond to pain and uncertainty by pouring herself into pursuing a relationship with God using the ancient practices of seven pathways as a model. In Seven Pathways, she applies and integrates this approach to a modern world, providing practical and duplicatable applications, which can be helpful to anyone.”

– Glenn R. Kreider, editor in chief of Bibliotheca Sacra, Professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary

“In Seven Pathways, Mary Carmen dips her pen into the deep well of her own pain and suffering to write a book of authentic hope, healing, and love–a book that will lift you up, encourage your heart, ease your troubled soul, and provide a pathway (seven, in fact) to the throne of grace. Steeped in biblical, historical, and contemporary medical and psychological research, Seven Pathways offers reliable and practical guidelines to overcoming the oppressive effects of debilitating pain, be they physical, psychological, spiritual, or emotional.”

– Reg Grant, ThD, chair and senior professor for Department of Media Arts and Worship at Dallas Theological Seminary

“First, a WARNING! This book is way more than you think it is, and it will require way more of you than you may be willing to do. Now a PROMISE. If you walk the path Mary Carmen has laid out, your experience of and intimacy with God will deepen in ways you could not imagine. Her insights are hard earned and thoroughly biblical.”

– Lloyd Shadrach, teaching pastor and co-founder of Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, TN

“Out of her own pain-filled struggles, Mary Carmen Englert invites us on a journey to peace with God. She encourages us to walk with her to discover and rediscover through Scripture the healing grace of God the Father through Jesus Christ. Through simple spiritual disciplines, she beckons us to a deeper life of meaningfulness and joy.”

– Dr. J. Scott Horrell, retired senior professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary

“Biblically anchored, historically reliable, refreshingly transparent, and deeply practical, Mary Carmen’s Seven Pathways will introduce you to Jesus if you have never met Him or it will reheat your walk with Christ if your love for Him has grown cold. The pathways have a purpose: to help you know God and devote your life completely to Him. In a day filled with chatter and confusion, Mary Carmen is a reliable guide ready to lead you to a place of rest and clarity through the implementation of the Seven Pathways. She is a practitioner who has not just taught on the pathways but has also lived them. Now, thankfully, she has shared her insights with us all. Read it and be blessed!”

– BARRY CHESNEY, PhD, discipleship pastor at Valleydale Church in Birmingham, AL

“Indispensable! If you’re seeking a book that will draw your heart to God through spiritual disciplines, look no further than Seven Pathways. Drawing from her own personal experiences with suffering, Mary Carmen offers a refreshingly simple yet profound approach to connecting with God. She provides readers with practical tools and theological insights to help them experience God’s presence and truth, no matter what they are facing in life. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking to grow in their faith and develop a closer relationship with Christ.”

– CHAD KECK, PhD, senior pastor at First Baptist Church Kettering, OH

“This book is life-changing! For those of us who are suffering and looking for answers, Mary Carmen Englert beautifully shares her personal journey and how she has come to a place of true healing. Whether you are going through trials or not, you will not be able to put this book down as you read and re-read through the pathways to make them a part of your life. Mary Carmen has not wasted her suffering but has chosen to rise above it by implementing these tested truths into her own life and allow the great Physician to begin healing her from within. She shares them with us in this wonderful book of wisdom and knowledge, history and theology, scripture and prayers, testimony and stories, practical advice and encouragement, and so much more. Be ready to be blessed and walk closer with the loving God who heals and restores.”

– Morrow Lotz Reitmeier, Baylor University friend, AnGeL Ministries volunteer, Bible study
discipler, and marriage mentor

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