Grace as Spaciousness: Reviewing Emptiness by David Auten
Exploring various experiences - including ignorance, conflict, and death - Auten invites the reader to live life with open hands and open hearts, from the spaciousness of emptiness. Reminiscent of Nouwen's concept of speaking out of silence (see The Way of the Heart), Auten invites us to live ex nihilo (from nothing). What we discover when we live in the embrace of this spaciousness, this emptiness, is that whatever is is a gift. In short, we discover that spaciousness is itself a grace. In Christ, we discover the freedom to become nothing and the joy of emptiness. In a world where it has become taboo to do nothing, where we feel compelled, forced even, to fill every minute of our schedules with stuff, to fill every space on our shelves with something, the allowance of emptiness is a transforming and revolutionary grace.
This book should be read and savored by theologians, pastors, and anyone who feels strangled by the clutter of life.