In this episode, Gene Yotka (Spiritual Director and Founder of the Awakening Institute) talks about contemplative spirituality and the lessons of 2020. Listen to Episode #1 with Gene Yotka: https://youtu.be/a5nv_kD6teE Books Recommended by Gene: Merton When the Trees say Nothing https://amzn.to/3h66PNT Dom Augustin Guillerand Prayer of the Presence of God https://amzn.to/37pYnFT Bruno Barnhardt Future of Wisdom https://amzn.to/3r1og6x J. August Higgins Mysticism and Contemporary Life: Essays in Honor of Bernard McGinn https://amzn.to/3oZmq4p Complete Mystical Works of Meister Eckhart https://amzn.to/3r5C5AU Liminal Space Oneing Richard Rohr (January 2020) Old Recommendations by Gene from Episode #1: Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation https://amzn.to/2JA67YU David Steindl-Rast Gratefulness is the heart of prayer https://amzn.to/39tKDHW Benedicta Ward The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks https://amzn.to/2UxXlRJ Contact and Bio: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.theawakeninginstitute.com Face book: The Awakening Institute Linked In: Eugene T Yotka Mailing address: The Awakening Institute, 5040 Mayflower St. Cocoa, Florida Bio: Gene Yotka is husband to his wife MaryAnn and father of 5 (Beau, Tara, Kitty, Kurt and Victoria), as well as grandfather to 6 (Isabella, Kaya, Alina, Lincoln, Richard and Kurt). He holds a master’s in divinity (M.Div.) as well as a masters in pastoral counseling (MAPC), both through Asbury Theological Seminary. Gene is also a graduate of the 3-year certification program in spiritual companionship with a practicum in spiritual direction from St. Thomas University. Gene is a retired pastor who spent 12 years of ministry in the local church. Currently, he is the founder and director of The Awakening Institute for Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Direction and Soul Care, which is a multi-faceted ministry for the training of spiritual directors, while providing classes and retreats for those wishing to explore Christian contemplative practices, which are designed for those seeking a deeper experience in our Lord Jesus Christ. Dr. Brian Russell is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.