Gerrie Grimsley is administrative assistant to the pastor of South End United Methodist Church, Nashville, Tennessee. She is actively involved in her church, The Donelson Fellowship, where she is a member of the prayer team. Gerrie and her husband, Greg, host a small life group weekly in their home. The group is called ""Conversations with Jack,"" and most of their discussions are about the writings of C. S. Lewis. Gerrie worked at The Upper Room for several years as assistant to Marjorie Thompson, who was director of Pathways in Congregational Spirituality. In addition to coauthoring Contemplative by Design, Gerrie leads workshops on the importance of quiet spaces in one's daily life, and she sets up quiet spaces when invited. Gerrie and Greg served for four years at a mission training base in England and were privileged to lead mission trips to India, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. They live in Hermitage, Tennessee, and enjoy visits from their children and grandchildren.
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Contemplative by Design

Creating Quiet Spaces for Retreats, Workshops, Churches, and Personal Settings  
Jane J. Young, Gerrie L. Grimsley
It's hard to hear yourself think in today's culture, much less refresh your soul. Sights and sounds—from ads placed on toilet stall doors to loud ringtones or cars pulsing with bass—assault us every day. Peace and quiet seem out of place in 21st-century everyday life. It's time to mute the cacophony. Meaningful and serene contemplative silence is possible. And it doesn't require an expensive trip to a spa. "We yearn for rest, and our souls hunger to be fed, yet we seldom give ourselves permis...